Hardly a day goes by that I don't get a news release from some public relations firm touting their client's latest ersatz Tuscan villas, or some decadent new cook stove for people with too much money. Nowadays these promotions arrive by the Internet instead of by mail, which no doubt saves those PR folks lots of money. Still, after a quick reading, most of them go straight into the digital garbage can. The other day, however, I got a news release -- actually, it still carried the old-fashioned heading "press release" -- via the equally old-fashioned medium of a bulging manila envelope sent by mail. Inside I found the latest offering from Lloyd Kahn's inimitable Bolinas, Calif.-based publishing house, Shelter Publications. The new book was titled "Mongolian Cloud Houses: How to Make a Yurt and Live Comfortably." It's a revised and updated reprint of Dan Frank Kuehn's 1980 how-to manual on building these nomadic circular houses out of bamboo, canvas and rubber bands cut from old inner tu...
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