A Small Home in NYC, Part 3: Living the Good Life?

Part 3 of the series, "A Small Home in NYC." Helen and Scott Nearing were huge influences on me as a young adult. My father originally turned me on to their book "Living The Good Life: How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World" which was an important catalyst for the original back to the Earth movement of the mid-20th century. They migtht have lived a "good life," but was it real or attainable for ordinary people without the backing of trust funds? Was the Nearing's back to the woods approach mostly sentimental escapism?