From about 00:00 to 3:20, I was like, “Yeah, okay, that could be nice.” But then 3:21 hit, and I was all, “YES YES TAKE ME THERE THIS IS GREAT.”
Also, I find the whole concept of splitting one’s time between the city and the country to be kind of interesting from a sociological (or maybe a sociogeographic?) perspective — the idea that one is a place for work and the other is a place for refuge clearly depends on what kind of work it is you’re doing. I don’t mean this as a criticism of this woman, but even the language she uses to describe this lifestyle is wholly idealistic and romanticized; she portrays the country as a place separated from other places, where “you have a critical distance from everything, and you’re able to just concentrate.” What is especially interesting about that, I think, is that her relatively privileged socioeconomic status is probably precisely what allows her to enjoy that distance. She cultivates a kind of liminal existence, dipping between the urban and rural worlds freely in ways that — for example — the farmer she buys pumpkins from probably isn’t able to enjoy. But what’s especially interesting is that I’m also aware that, in a broad sense, I’m the same sort of person she is. I live in a rural area, but I still think about the country in a very similar way. When I talk about wanting a farm, I’m aware that I’m not talking about making a living from it — I’m talking about having a job in an inside place, and then having a space to grow vegetables and raise chickens and live out a rural fantasy without making the financial leap of depending on it as my sole source of income. And there’s something very Marie Antoinette-esque about all of this, like I want a little slice of hamlet life without giving up my educational and economic privilege.
Does anybody know of any good books or articles that have been written on this phenomenon, by any chance? There have got to be people more eloquent than I am who have thought about this.