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We have this image in America of the rugged individualist taking leave of society and all that binds us to our settled lives. But then when somebody actually does this, I mean, for real, we're not always ready for that. That's what Mark Perry found out the first couple of times he tried to live off the grid. But, he's found a better way now ...
Doug Fine, an NPR contributor, tried the same thing. He's kind of a modern day Thoreau in New Mexico, raising goats and powering his ridiculously oversized American truck with cooking waste oil.
Later in the show, author Alice Hoffman builds worlds of enchantment, and her latest novel, The Story Sisters, tells of three sisters, one of whom gets sucked into the deepest and darkest recesses of her own fairy tale. Hoffman will open the 2009-2010 Jewish Book Festival at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.
Also, producer Patrick Skahill and I take a trip downtown and talk to the recently motivated.