Knute Berger Timothy Egan
Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice
June 11, 2019 Comments.. 329
Pugetopolis A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts Weather Wimps and the Myth of Seattle Nice Knute Skip Berger is one of the most recognized commentators on politics culture business and life in the Pacific Northwest He s the Mike Royko Jimmy Breslin of this part of the country As Timothy
  • Title: Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice
  • Author: Knute Berger Timothy Egan
  • ISBN: 9781570615726
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Knute Skip Berger is one of the most recognized commentators on politics, culture, business, and life in the Pacific Northwest He s the Mike Royko Jimmy Breslin of this part of the country As Timothy Egan describes him in the Foreword to Pugetopolis, he is the region s crank with a conscience a contrarian thinker who calls out the folly and hubris of mayors, governorKnute Skip Berger is one of the most recognized commentators on politics, culture, business, and life in the Pacific Northwest He s the Mike Royko Jimmy Breslin of this part of the country As Timothy Egan describes him in the Foreword to Pugetopolis, he is the region s crank with a conscience a contrarian thinker who calls out the folly and hubris of mayors, governors, presidents, and gazillionaires In his signature Mossback column, which ran for years in the Seattle Weekly and now on Crosscut, Knute Berger comments on politics the 50 year odyssey of mass transit , cultural matters we got art out here in the provinces , the big natural world what s left of it , enterprise as in the Microsoft Starbucks Industrial Complex , and odd local behavior car less living that allows mooching rides As a third generation Seattle native, he has the perspective to take the long view, so he knows there was a life without jackasses on jet ski, bear attacks in the suburbs, and not so many millionaires Gathered in Pugetopolis are Knute Berger s best commentaries that provide grist for anyone s mental mill who wants to understand why the Pacific Northwest is a quirky place that is sometimes too liberal for its own good strangely conservative at other times blindly does the bidding of the richest guy around so he can make even money and is able to jump on the bandwagon of one dumb pubic works fiasco after another And then we complain about the rain like it s some new form of insult You gotta love this place 8212 warts and all Berger shows you how with this sharp witted and observant book.
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    1. Becky says:

      Meh I didn t love it.Because it s a collection of essays written over several years, there is a lot of repetition By the halfway point, I was thinking, Wait didn t I already read this one There were a handful of enjoyable essays, but the overwhelming theme throughout was to long for the good old days before so many people moved here, destroyed the natural environment, and messed up the small town way of life It got a little old to me I get the sense that original Seattleites or at least people w [...]

    2. Tony says:

      I can assure the readers of this book with a catchy headline that Every city has people similar to Mr Berger who makes a living playing the role as that city s old guardian These old guardians and their fans will never leave their host cities and yet want others i.e the newbies or the new wave to either move back or to remain in places the old guardians and their fans would never reside much less even visit e.g North Dakota, Iowa and other depopulating areas.This aversion of the old guards to th [...]

    3. Erik says:

      Berger really is right on the money when he bills this as A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice Just by looking at his hoary visage on the back page of this, his first collection of articles formerly published elsewhere from the 90s up to today, you know you re in for a rollickin good ride of snarkiness Pacific Northwest style.Berger s critical eye reminds me of a liberal Rush Limbaugh Over bloated, sharp witted, and often down right obnoxiously funny in [...]

    4. Jen says:

      The book is an anthology of articles from the Mossback column from Crosscut Some of the articles are really funny, and most of them do hit pretty close to home However, his reputation as a curmudgeonly old man is well deserved and well illustrated here He longs for the better, simple times of yesteryear and I got tired of that view of life That time is over, get on with it This is the time and place that we live now, if you don t like it, either come up with a better suggestion, or move The rea [...]

    5. Doug says:

      I read this book in preparation for moving to Seattle and just finally got around to reading the last few chapters and reviewing it after living in Seattle for six months There were some essays that were quite good But, as a newcomer to Seattle, I had to overcome the hurtle of being one of Knute Berger s targets Apparently newcomers are despoiling the city in his eyes of third generation Seattleites like Knute, who lament the growth of his city Moreover, since I now hear him on KUOW and see his [...]

    6. Matthew Ciarvella says:

      I wanted to like this book a lot In this collection of articles from the last decade, Berger slings a few really poignant zingers at his favorite targets politicians, developers, and outsiders Thus my problem I m one of that third group It s the fault of me and people like me that Seattle sucks now.It s hard not to take that personally, especially when my move to the Northwest was filled with bright eyed optimism and the best of intentions I m not a Californian and I m not here at the behest of [...]

    7. Emmett says:

      I ve always been waiting for that nugget piece by Knute Berger, where he brings together the various strings of thought and shows me exactly where he is coming from Fred Moody did this in Seattle and the Demons of Ambition Even though Moody stole liberally from his previous work, Demons of Ambition stands on its own as a personal and regional history And, it makes a cogent argument about where we are headed as a region.This is what I expected from Berger in Pugetopolis, but what it is really is [...]

    8. Evan says:

      An engaging collection of essays from one of the region s regular columnists It s good to have background about this new place, to have some history of the political battles, and to be challenged about some of my views Yet the book reminds me of the differences between columns and books the former is time and place sensitive, a quick reaction to make sense or opinion of today s news, to add a voice to a community dialogue The latter is for reflection, and that s what the book generally fails to [...]

    9. Barry says:

      Sometimes it s fun to read a book about a city you don t live in Sure, they ve got their problems, perhaps similar to your own, but at the end of a long day it is sometimes nice to read about another city and leave, if temporarily, your own one behind In this case I used to live in Seattle so I am familiar with some of the issues and personalities, it s just I ll never vote on them or for them again Told with Berger s sharp wit and irascible sense of himself and environment, this is a fun read b [...]

    10. K2 ----- says:

      It was fun to read Knute Berger s collection of writing in one place I got it on a sale table and read it in an afternoon, great fun to read his take on things and catch up on those I had missed previously Certainly he could be channeling Emmett Watson and for NW natives this is a comfort to keep this FN look at the PNW alive I don t think he s as grumpy as other readers have said, but perhaps I am used to hearing his outlook on things I can t say I read every single piece collected here but I d [...]

    11. Jen-Gwen says:

      Yes, it s snarky I only read the first third, and while I did enjoy the perspective of a Seattlite who has lived through decades of changes in our iconic city, I could only tolerate the attitude in small doses I thought the essay on race was spot on, however, and it was worth picking up the collection just for that one.

    12. Wesley Andrews says:

      Quintessential reading for a Seattleite Whatever your political persuasion, Skip is 100% localist He s a free thinker with an appetite for home I loved this collection.I recommend following it up with Emmett Watson s, Once Upon a Time in Seattle , Kurt Hoelting s, The Circumference of Home , or David Williams , The Street smart Naturalist Field Notes from Seattle.

    13. Peggy says:

      I couldn t get through this book, so it went back to the library, perhaps to be read later It had some potentially interesting insight into the development of Seattle and Puget Sound, but it rambled around too much to keep me interested.

    14. Willette says:

      Berger sounds like a guy that needs to move to someplace sunny and warm to change his attitude I read this in hopes of learning about my new home and it was, like the weather is sometimes here, dreary and depressing

    15. Christina says:

      Interesting to learn about this place I m calling home Didn t care for some of his Eek Change pieces, but then I guess I m part of the change he doesn t care for, so I guess that s to be expected.

    16. Kate says:

      A collection of essays from the 1990s to 2008 that cover a lot of the side of Seattle you don t see in the tourist description Quick read, good insights into what you d be diving into if you moved to the Puget Sound.

    17. Julia says:

      Good for anyone who wants to understand this region, including local politics

    18. Rachael says:

      Gave up He s too cranky and I m too impatient A match made in Seattle

    19. Dan Ward says:

      As a 7 year Puget sound native I was excited to read this book I just couldn t get into it Did not finish.

    20. Mitchell says:

      Although it contained some interesting tidbits about Seattle history and politics, this mostly felt like a rant.

    21. Christy says:

      Dated columns from Knute Berger

    22. Jen says:

      Great read compilation of Seattle new articles was like revisiting of my history with the city.

    23. Paula says:

      Just a bunch of rants, but they re about where I live now, so that helped And he says it how he feels it, which I all enjoyed.

    24. Josephine Ensign says:

      Ugh A collection of newspaper rants by a curmudgeonly third generation Nordic Seattleite Doesn t get much worse than this

    25. Serena says:

      I read it beacausea Greener wrote it And he does live up to the crank of the book jacket.

    26. Phillip says:

      Knute Berger sucks How does this guy still have a job

    27. Woody says:

      A refreshing, humorous and accurate perception of Seattle s unique culture This would be a great primer for Seattle newcomers.

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