I am often struck by a story or article that I don’t have time to follow up on–at least right away. Maybe that’s not all bad, since the transience of blog posts tends to discourage rumination and measured response. In that spirit, I’m posting something I’ve been digesting for a fortnight.
Two issues ago, the New York Times Magazine featured a low-key and appreciative story on Warren Wilson’s new eco-friendly dorm (accessible only with on-line member ID). The accompanying photo gallery is filled with young, self-consciously earthy students of European extraction. They are depicted lounging in their dorm, drying clothes on a line, playing banjos and bending iron railings in their shop. All in all, the article attempts to portray what the director of the school’s Environmental Leadership Center calls “an integration of life and values.” They like their food home-grown, their furnishings hand-made, and their music unamplified.
The one incongruous picture, however, is the shot of an attractive young couple, lounging together in their dorm room (shown above and in the print edition, but not included in the online gallery). The intimacy of the pose suggests a romantic relationship. The caption informs us that the couple “met at a camp for home-schooled children when they were 14. They share an EcoDorm room. Two other couples cohabit in the dorm.”
The picture is notable not only because it adds little to the “integration of life and values” touted above, but because it goes so far as to contradict it. Organic living lies cheek-to-jowl with industrial sex. Read the rest of this entry »