Dwelling Portably 2000-2008: By Bert and Holly Davis By CT Terry

Nov 24, 2009

The zine Dwelling Portably has been published for about thirty years. It is a collection of tips on how to survive without a permanent residence. There is information on building temporary homes such as huts and tents, but it moves beyond finding shelter, and acts as an almanac of advice on living a simple, humble, earth-friendly life.



The entire book is typewritten and without illustration, save for the occasional diagram. Flipping through it, you’ll see articles, ranging in length from fifty to five hundred words, with headers as diverse as “A Moving Vehicle, Plus Bucket, Can Serve As A Washing Machine,” “What Is Wrong With A Boy Scout Bridge In The First Place?,” “Duct Tape and First-Aid Tape Can be Rerolled,” and “More About Ticks.”



There is a basic index, but no table of contents. The sea of typewritten pages can be bewildering at first. But the pieces are loosely organized by theme, so info on trainhopping, for instance, is all lumped together. It’s organized in a way that might make it hard to pick up if you need some specific information right away, but it rewards a casual read, putting things in the memory bank for later. Maybe in a few years I’ll be trying to hide a bike in the woods, and be like, “Oh, snap, I should hang it from a tree branch. Thanks, Dwelling Portably!



This isn’t some yuppie “spend money to go green” bullshit, and you don’t have to live in a yurt to put these tidbits to use. Reading this book made me look at the world around me in a different way, considering the multiple, logical uses for the things around me. –CT Terry (Microcosmpublishing.com)



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