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Looking for the North Country: Bleak, Genuine, Bittersweet

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In 1984, writer Mason Smith wrote a much-discussed and disputed essay called "North Country," for Adirondack Life magazine. He wrote, in part: "(In my definition of the North Country)... I require a certain bleak and genuine quality consisting in the place not having much to say for itself..." Sixteen years later, he finds life here is still bittersweet.

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