Life on an island
Posted 05 February 2003 - 11:37 PM
In "Serious Pig" you write about your experiences living on Long Island, Maine, and your friendship with Edgar Clarke, the owner.
In addition to your limited kitchen facilities, you had a limited supply of food to choose from. Is there any food from that time that you still make today? Or remember fondly? Or with a shudder?
Alix Kates Schulman, in "Drinking the Rain," about her time on Long Island, wrote about following the lead of Euell Gibbons, and eating periwinkles, etc. Did you ever experiment along those lines?
Also, do you have any thoughts on the sustainability of island stores like (what used to be) Clarkes?
Finally, I've been trying to figure out just what part of the island you lived on that Mary Justice wouldn't venture to??
Posted 06 February 2003 - 09:18 AM
If you're familiar with SERIOUS PIG you'll know there's a little piece in there about Maine country stores and how they've evolved over the years (mostly into lottery card agents). Maine isn't the same and those stores, run without much profit by owners who sat there into the evening watching television for the occasional sale, are pretty much a thing of the past. I haven't been back to the island since...maybe 1977, 1978, which is a long time now. I miss it fiercely, but I prefer to miss the Long Island of my memory than to experience the pain of the Long Island of today. In any case, the cottage passed into the hands of another part of the family. By the by, our cottage was one of three on top of a cliff that you passed just before you arrived at Cleaves Landing. (That now long gone.) The part of the headland we lived on jutted out the furthest into Casco Bay. Mary Justice refused to take her VW bus up the rutted dirt track that went up and over a hill to get to our place. But she got us close enough.