The Misnomer of Nomadland

Lake Easton, WA by author

I watched the movie Nomadland. It won an Oscar for reasons that escape me. Frances McDormand won the best actress award for obvious reasons. The movie seems to want to pair the romanticism of travel with the gritty underbelly of economic woes. The itinerant van and camper dwellers are the Greek Chorus to Fern’s spotlight.

I am Fern in better economic circumstances and living not in a van but in an Airstream. While the…