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This interview was conducted with Kristi Gibson in her shop, Magpie Books, on Main Street in Catskill, New York on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Gibson, who was raised mostly in State College, Pennsylvania, followed her parents to Catskill and opened a used book shop after spending time in graduate school and as a non-tenured academic geographer in central Connecticut. She discusses her sense of relationship to place, early 21st century academic life, her impressions of Catskill’s place and history among its neighbors, and differences between her life and community in Catskill and other places. She also discusses her bookshop and the role she has seen for it as “third space” for community in Catskill.
This interview may be of interest to those who want to learn about Catskill’s history in the late 1990s and early 21st century, senses of place and community, academic life in the early 21st century, and senses of community on Catskill’s Main Street.
Jeff Nagle is a PhD student in the history of environment and technology focusing on American environment and deindustrialization. He is a student at the 2016 Oral History Summer School in Hudson and is working on an ongoing project around the memory and legacy of urban renewal and environmental injustice in southwest Philadelphia.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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