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In the first installment of the new series, Creating Alaska, Fairbanks author Rob McCue discusses his life, and the feelings of egalitarianism towards people from all walks that are on display in his debut essay collection, "One Water."

“We all come from these bizarre circumstances that nobody else can appreciate,” McCue said. “I don’t know that someone who went to college and has a good job is any more interesting than somebody that came from humble beginnings and figured out some way to get by. That is the humanity I’m trying to get at. Just because this guy lives on the street or that guy has a drinking problem, you don’t know what that person went through. You don’t know what that person’s experience was that caused them to become this person that did things this way.”

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David James is an Alaskan author and literary critic whose work has been published by the Anchorage Daily News, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Anchorage Press, Alaska Dispatch News, and Ester Republic. He is editing a forthcoming anthology of Alaska writing.


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