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Comment Archives: stories: Arts: Books

Re: “Lost empire

Astoria is more than a little tourist trap of a has beautiful historic homes, and a stunning location. Yes, they depend on tourism, but so do many seaside/riverfront towns.

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Posted by mtwyogal on 02/28/2014 at 1:12 AM

Re: “Big Sky intrigue

There are no jobs like that in journalism anymore. If you want to get paid, that is.

Posted by arne on 10/31/2013 at 9:00 AM

Re: “High on Hog

Next up ought to be the CIA infiltration of the anti-war scene in Missoula during the late
60s-early 70s.

Posted by Cygnus72 on 09/17/2013 at 1:05 PM

Re: “High on Hog

When I previously commented, I listed the two obvious touching contributions of the book. Now that I' continue to reflect on it, I realize there were two more: (1) the admirable, rugged, high plains mentality of the Montana people, and (2) the psyche, camaraderie, and work of the Smoke Jumpers. Now, I think I understand who they are and more precisely what they do.

Posted by Jake Wehrell on 09/17/2013 at 5:39 AM

Re: “High on Hog

I don't read the progressive Independent but I do thank them for at least recognizing Jerry

Posted by Joe Nicol on 09/16/2013 at 8:29 PM

Re: “High on Hog

My next cool one will be for you ///////////////

Posted by Ed Adams on 09/16/2013 at 7:09 PM

Re: “High on Hog

For perhaps the worst three years of the 'Secret War' (1970 - 73) I was one of Jerry's favorite Air America pilots for 'behind the lines' recon flights and actual pickup and drop-off of Hmong soldiers (close enough to the fighting that parked on the ground unloading troops, hunks of dirt from incoming NVA or Pathet Lao grenades was hitting the side of my PC6 Porter).
I bought the book, and read it, and was very much impressed! Not so much about the 'war,' I already knew that - but: (1) about the Montana boy Gayle allows us to know, and does so in the most novel and artful and effective way, and (2) the plight and humanity of the Hmong people!
Kudos to the construction and assembly of a story that deserved telling.

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Posted by Jake Wehrell on 09/14/2013 at 6:30 AM

Re: “High on Hog

makes me want to read this book. Actually, I have wondered why the large pop. of Hmong in Missoula?

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Posted by carol on 09/13/2013 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Sweet nothing

Anaconda Mining did not own the Great Falls Tribune, which was arguably the state's most-important newspaper, e.g. Joseph Kinsey Howard

Posted by newspoo on 09/12/2013 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Surrealism in the Big Sky

They will be on sale at the Missoula Art Museum at the reading!

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Posted by MAM on 07/19/2013 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Surrealism in the Big Sky

How cool to read about Peter Koch and Montana Gothic after about 30 years!
I had already been through the "stones and bones" thing at the writing department--an interesting time there for sure in the late 60s-early 70s. Then I met Peter through an art colleague. Montana Gothic came out, then disappeared, like the rest of us.

I will never, ever, forget "The Oblongata Sonata".

Somebody please tell me how I can get a copy of "the Complete Montana Gothic"!?! via
the Missoula Independent?

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Posted by Cygnus72 on 07/19/2013 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Forgotten treasure

Butte's population peak, in 1917, was about 100,000, not 300,000.

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Posted by Richard Gibson on 05/12/2013 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Pared down dream

"Ryan and I."

Posted by dianne on 04/24/2013 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Path less taken

Would it kill you to say Thank You?

This is how this article reads if you reverse the genders.
“Hi, I am a man, I need to compare my self worth to women. and I am going to the kitchen to cook food. This is a field that women have dominated. Man, the food I cooked for my own selfish purposes is delicious; I guess women aren’t special after all.”
This Of Course Is ridiculous and offensive. When my girl cooks for me, I say, “Thank you. I appreciate the effort you put in.” and most of the women I know appreciate the things that men do for them. Why does the Independent always paint women as ingrates that derive all their self worth from comparing their achievements to that of men?
I learned three things form this article:
1. If women want to work in a hard field she is welcome to, and no MAN tries to stop her.
2. Male dominated fields are the hard, dangerous jobs that most people don't want to do.
3. Men receive neither Recognition or Appreciation for their hard work and contribution.

They could have slanted this article with: Men have traditionally taken on this thankless toil for centuries. Thank you guys for your hard work. But the independent never does this.

Regards -S

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Posted by -S on 04/20/2013 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Path less taken

so Thoreau is a fraud, and Byl is a hero? every other writer should feel shame, even you Kate Whittle? once again instead of women being proud of their own achievements, they have to loop it back to "men are oppressive, kick them in the balls."? and "see? i'm better than men for doing the same job." and how is it that all the men that did this same dangerous, hard job are frauds, but one woman does it, and she is a hero? i guess Jamie Rogers is right, men are never discriminated against. and Skyler Browning is right too, the Independent never prints slanted articles with an agenda to program you to think a certain way.
regards -S

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Posted by -S on 04/19/2013 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Adult fantasies

Robin Hobb is also an incredible writer of world-building epic fantasy.

Posted by Grace McNamee Decker on 04/11/2013 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Observation deck

There is an error in the first description. "amputee" is not a proper, nor flattering word in Michael's case. Amputee is a description of one who had a particular appendage but it or they were "amputated" due to need. Since he was born that way, he never had any legs nor malady to give reason for amputation. Although there are cases of voluntary amputations when not totally medically necessary, due to comfort or logistical reasons. It is normally a medical necessity due to loss of perfusion in tissue risking a major infection. It is obvious Michael has never had such an incident.

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Posted by Phd Marty on 03/12/2013 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Headfirst

I am looking forward to reading this book soon!

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Posted by Julie Byers on 03/08/2013 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Pared down dream

Cleaned it up, Will. Thanks.

Posted by Skylar on 02/22/2013 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Pared down dream

Great article - with a typo. Fourth paragraph after the photo either needs opening quotes before "first-world problem" or none after - right now there's an unpaired set after the period.

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Posted by Will on 02/22/2013 at 11:29 AM

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