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'I Think Television's Terrible'

12 August 2013 8:39 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Triplett, N.C. — The way Eustace Conway sees it, there's the natural world, as exemplified by his Turtle Island Preserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And then there's the "plastic, imitation" world that most other humans inhabit.

But the border between the two has always been porous – uncomfortably so these days.

When Conway – known today as a star of the History Channel reality show "Mountain Men" – bought his first 107 acres in 1987, his vision for Turtle Island was as "a tiny bowl in the earth, intact and natural, surrounded by pavement and highways." People peering inside from nearby ridges would see "a pristine and green example of what the whole world once looked like."

Since leaving his parents' suburban home at 17 and moving into the woods, Conway has been preaching the gospel of sustainable, "primitive" living. But over the past three decades, those notions have clearly evolved.

Conway has ditched his »

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