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This article by Sarah Gilman first appeared in the April 3, 2017 issue of High Country News with the title “Living right in an unsettled world.”

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At home with the ‘unsettlers’

A new book features characters who have gone far beyond what most of us consider ‘good enough.’

For Mark Sundeen, the search began with a guilty meat snack.

After two decades of bumming around the country — first as a dirtbag outdoorsman stringing together jobs in the rural West and later as a city-bound freelancer and “money-lung … whose sole purpose was to inhale dollars, transform them into pleasure, then exhale a stream of carbon into the air, feces into the sewer, and plastic containers into the landfill” — Sundeen settled in Missoula, Montana, seeking ....cont.

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