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Originally appearing in The New Yorker in 1967, The Pine Barrens is a non-fiction account of the New Jersey Pinelands, a largely rural and undeveloped land that takes up a large portion of the state.  Nearly 1.1 million acres are part of the national reserve and in 1983 the United Nations designated the land an international biosphere. The area is known for orchids and carnivorous plants as well as some of the purest water in the United States.  With all that said, there's also a whole bunch of weird shit happening down there. For starters, the area's inhospital living conditions made it the perfect place for the dregs of the society to hide, so in the early days, you had people like moonshiners and fugitives settling there. Today, the offspring of these dregs are called "Pineys" and they're basically like rednecks and live a sort of ecked out existence deep in the woods. Kind of like Cajuns. The Jersey Devil supposedly lurks there and there are more than a few ghost towns. It's a good story, with lots of lore but tons of facts and good "New Yorker" style nature writing. As more and more douches continue to flock up to the Catskills. You should play point with your friends and go here. We'll leave you with one of the best bands to ever come from Philadelphia, The Strapping Fieldhands, and their song "In the Pineys", which you can listen to from Siltbreeze here.