Anthony at Gates of the Mountains has a perceptive critique of Kirn, but I would add more. Kirn is making a classic "neonative" response. As captured in Hal Rothman's book "Devil's Bargain," the neonative is a transplant who so loves his new home that he thinks of himself as a native. Neonatives may be the most powerful driving force in contemporary Western history, since the Rockies are so full of them.
We neonatives like to imagine that we arrived in a paradise. But Rothman presents a view of successive waves of neonatives mourning successive visions of paradise. It's a fascinating topic that I've written about before and hope to again.
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