This post will contain musings on dying industries, small-town life and the malaise and pathologies so often found in that environment today, Gone Girl, the rat race, and alcohol.

But first, a pretty picture:

That’s not a painting from the 1800’s. That’s not Instagrammed with the “glow of nostalgia” filter. That’s completely 100% real. It’s Hermann, Missouri, the town that time forgot.