We were at the end of the mesa, and there was no place for us to go but over the edge. Ge­o­graph­i­cally and emo­tion­ally. — for­mer com­mu­nard Brooke Tuthill

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have hard­wood floors,” she said. Of the short-lived com­mune’s vibe in gen­eral, she said, “There were blacks, there were Jews, there were Wasps, and there were Chi­canos ... whereas I would say New Buf­falo was fairly white. The main fight was about food. It was about tor­tillas, whether the tor­tillas should be made with but­ter or lard or Crisco. We ate lots of beans and rice and gov­ern­ment cheese.” Tuthill had three rules for com­mu­nal liv­ing: “Al­ways park so you can get out, and that’s in case you have to jump-start the car. If you see some­thing that needs to be done, you do it. And re­mem­ber your broth­ers and sis­ters at the end of the line, so you just don’t eat all the food be­fore they get there.” She said life at Re­al­ity was fraught with hard­ship — “the di­ver­sity wore on ev­ery­body” — and that she ul­ti­mately left af­ter she be­came preg­nant. “It was eas­ier for me to take care of my­self than it was to take care of ev­ery­body. We

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