I was snooty in suggesting, in my comment on Doug Rushkoff's new book
, that he should get out of the city more.
But if I'm an armchair tree-hugger, Stephanie Smith is the real thing.
Two months ago, this former architect abandoned her Los Angeles life for a new one in her shack in Joshua Tree, Southern California. The story of what happened next is reported in her Unplugged Diary
Smith's homesteader cabin sits on a five acre parcel "across the road from the house she just gave back to the bank".
One reason I'm gripped by Unplugged Diary is that my daughter Kate and I visited the area a couple of years back. It was a three hour drive from downtown LA — and we made the whole trip using these directions, made for us by Stephanie, which I keep proudly on my office wall here in France:
That trip was also memorable because I was fined $350 by a huge and terrifying local cop for overtaking a school bus on this otherwise empty road to Stephanie's shack: