Slow down this Christmas with 'cabin porn' and chain saws

Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:15am EST
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By Nigel Stephenson

LONDON (Reuters) - As another frenetic working year winds down, two books out now offer urban wage-slaves a fantasy of swapping the relentless rhythm of commuter trains for a life of self-sufficiency governed by the seasons.

First up is "Cabin Porn" edited by Zach Klein, a U.S. technology entrepreneur who co-founded video-sharing website Vimeo in 2004.

Subtitled "Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere", Klein's introduction to the book describes how he and a group of friends built an off-the-grid, no-plumbing, no-electricity, community of wooden cabins in a forest in upstate New York.

The group wanted to be "somewhere we could be less preoccupied with our professions and more reliant on each other" as we practise new skills", he writes.

Soon after founding the community, Klein launched a website,, which he says has had 10 million visitors since 2009. His publishers, Particular Books, say the global site gets most traffic "by far" from Britain, where around 80 percent of the population live in urban areas.

"Cabin Porn" - the book - is full of photographs of isolated hideaways all over the world, some in snowy landscapes, with glowing lights and fires promising refuge.

Which is where the second book comes in. No winter cabin fantasy is going to last long if the fire goes out.


Lars Mytting poses for a picture in Oslo, Norway, August 21, 2014. REUTERS/Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix