A Great Basin Mosaic: The Cultures of Rural Nevada by James W. Hulse

By James W. Hulse

The Nevada of lesser-known towns, cities, and outposts deserve their separate chronicles, and right here Hulse fills a large hole. He contributes in a textual content wealthy with stories tramping via rural Nevada as a baby, then as a journalist looking information and gossip, then later as a tutorial historian and a dad or mum attempting to percentage the wonders of the excessive desolate tract together with his kinfolk. no one is extra certified to put in writing concerning the cultural nuances of rural Nevada than Hulse, who retired after 35 years as a professor of background at college of Nevada, Reno.

Robert Laxalt wrote a piece of writing in National Geographic in 1974 entitled “The different Nevada” during which he observed “the Nevada that has been eclipsed by means of the tinsel trimmings of Las Vegas, the round the clock casinos, the ski slopes of the Sierra. it's a Nevada that few travelers see.” With this ebook Hulse displays on Laxalt’s insights and indicates changes—often slow-moving and incremental—that have happened on account that then. a lot of the terrain of rural Nevada has now not replaced in any respect, whereas others have tailored to technological revolutions of contemporary instances. Hulse states that there's no unmarried “other” Nevada, yet a number of subcultures with exact positive aspects. He deals a travel of varieties to what John Muir known as the “bewildering abundance” of the Nevada landscape.

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