Unraveling the Myth of Rugged Independence

I always envisioned going West would mean going alone. What I found was richer, sweeter, and more complicated

Rebecca Worby
Apr 20, 2018 · 5 min read
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I’m an associate editor at Pacific Standard. My work has appeared in High Country News, the Guardian, Orion, Outside, Salon, Guernica, and elsewhere.

Rebecca Worby

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I’m an associate editor at Pacific Standard. My work has appeared in High Country News, the Guardian, Orion, Outside, Salon, Guernica, and elsewhere.

Go West, Young Woman
Go West, Young Woman
Go West, Young Woman

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Go West, Young Woman

The myths of the American West are just myths, but their effects are real. And writer Rebecca Worby was drawn to the rugged independence she imagined she could have there. These short essays will explore what drew Rebecca Worby West, what she actually found there, and why she keeps boomeranging back to New York.

The myths of the American West are just myths, but their effects are real. And writer Rebecca Worby was drawn to the rugged independence she imagined she could have there. These short essays will explore what drew Rebecca Worby West, what she actually found there, and why she keeps boomeranging back to New York.

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