New books: Those interested in the farms, their history and their inhabitants should note the appearance of several new books from former farmers. A new edition of Steve Diamond’s What the Trees Said was published in 2006 (www.beechriverbooks.com). Tom Fels’ memoir of the farms and their extended family, Farm Friends (2008), is available from the author(email@example.com). Peter Gould’s new young adult novel, Write Naked, also appeared that year, as did Stephen Davis’s Watch You Bleed, about the rock group Guns n’ Roses.
Upcoming events: TBA
Developments at the Famous Long Ago Archive: Discussions are underway to incorporate the papers of John Abrams’ South Mountain Company in Tisbury, Massachusetts, a worker-owned green building firm. Already part of the archive are the extensive papers of John Maslow, a journalist and writer who spent a summer at Montague Farm, and farm visitor and friend Steve Lerner, whose focus is social justice in prisons and the environment. In 2010 Ray Mungo moved his papers to the archive from Boston University, where they had been on loan.
Note: The 2009 Symposium on Social Change, University of Massachusetts, focused on the founding of the farms and celebrated the 40th anniversary of their first complete year on the land, as well as the untimely death of Montague’s Marshall Bloom. The speakers were Blake Slonecker, Ray Mungo, and Todd Gitlin. The 2010 symposium featured a talk by Steve Lerner on his new book Sacrifice Zones, and a later lecture on the racial aspects of sports. Symposium 2011 focused on the experience of Vietnam.