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Kate Torgovnick
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Country Mouse.
3 Comments | posted May 01st, 2007 at 11:26 pm by Kate Torgovnick

With our book due dates looming, Joie and I decided to take off for a country house that her mom’s work uses for retreats during the weekends. It’s beautiful out here—rolling hills, big open fields, no other houses for miles. We passed a dairy farm on the way to the house and the cows frolicking in the field were adorable. But as soon as night came, I started to feel super creeped out. And this is something I’ve always noticed about myself—being in the country in general freaks me out.

I have this theory that there are two kinds of people—those who are more afraid of country things and those who are more afraid of city things. I definitely fall into the former category (long stretches of deserted highway are one of those images that reappear in my nightmares), but I have met many people in my life who are very much the latter. Last night while, sitting on the porch listening to bizarre nature noises around us, I had this idea that which one scares you really comes down to whether deep down you believe that people are intrinsically good or that human nature is intrinsically bad. If you think that people are by nature good, you like streets where others are always in view, you enjoy living in a tiny apartment where other people are 10 feet below and above you. If you think people are by nature nasty, you’ll feel much more at ease in a house like this where there is no sign of others for miles.


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  1. Joie Jager-Hyman

    First, I have to say how cute Kate was last night, even though she was terrified. She was all “AAAAHHHHH” and stuff. Luckily, we watched some 90210, which calmed everyone down.

    Anyway, I sort of see what you’re saying, Kate, in terms of being drawn to a place that is full of others v. no one around for miles. Jane Jacobs, the famous urban planner, said that dense communities make us safer. However, I also love being completely alone with my thoughts every once in a while. It’s an isolation that can be challenging, but in a good way. I love surprising myself when I’m forced to be creative without distractions.

    P.S. it does get a little scary at night though

    May 2nd, 2007 | 10:17 am
  2. That’s funny, Kate. I used to feel totally safe and comfortable in the country, but now that I’ve been in the city for over 10 years, I freak out the first few nights I’m anywhere quiet. I jump at every little creak and noise. Oh, and the darkness, the sheer and utter darkness, scares the shit out of me. But I don’t think it’s because I trust that people are good and I like being around them. In some ways, I feel the opposite. The more people on the street the less chance I have for something bad to happen. In the country, where no one is around, I would worry about being attacked. It’s strange. I think either pole of fear is ridiculous. Take Johannesburg, South Africa, a big city where every women more or less expects to be raped in their lifetime. Then take Blacksburg, VA, a place where no one would have thought 32 people would have been gunned down.

    May 2nd, 2007 | 11:45 am
  3. […] Hills 90210 came out a few days ago. If I weren’t up in the country working on my book (see Kate’s Post), I would have already bought it by now. And no, I’m not a run-out-and-buy-every-new-DVD-released […]

    May 2nd, 2007 | 12:34 pm

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