A tip o’ the hat to Daryl Cobranchi for alerting me to this wonderful article about an unschooled young man in Texas:
About 6-foot-3 and lean, Quinn has a hairless but muscular chest revealed by a laced-up white linen shirt. (Which he made.) Around his neck is a leather strap with a long silver pendant. (His design.) His feet are wrapped in shoes sewn of scraps of black leather with a bit of bone to hold them on. (Made two pairs of these, one black and one brown.)
The effect is of a handsome young man who has been raised by nice, middle-class wolves.
Animated, articulate and charming, with a vocabulary bent toward the metaphysical, Quinn describes his idyllic childhood spent at a rambling ranch house at the end of a dirt road. He and his two younger siblings had a pool and two wooded acres where they could frolic, build forts, romp with dogs and other pets, doing whatever they liked all day while the rest of their friends suffered in school.
“My mother taught us everything without teaching us anything,” Quinn says. “Everything I know I’ve experienced myself, I’ve taught myself, I’ve learned myself. The whole childhood was magical.”
Be sure to click on the Dallas Observer link above to read this entire marvelously affirming article – and check out the great photos! And I’m proud to note that Quinn’s mother, Barb Lundgren, has been HEM’s advertising manager for many years!