Against the Country
by Ben Metcalf
In this genuinely beautiful dark comedy, Metcalf skewers the Thoreau wannabes of the world. There's a long-held misconception that those raised in the country are innocent and those in the city are anything but. However, Metcalf, in rambling Faulkner-esque prose, argues that maybe it's not innocence but rather ignorance that the country fosters. And just maybe the city provides the kind of culture that kids should be exposed to in order to grow up as thoughtful, tolerant adults. As someone who loves the city, I found myself laughing out loud a lot at his observations. It's a sharp, modern look at society and America's obsession with the great outdoors.