I am hardly an expert, but I feel like Mr. Northrup is being judged quite harshly. Yes, stylistically, his review is not my cup of tea. However, what he did took a not insignificant amount of time and effort, the videos and his books included. I've created and published books, including layout, and it's more than a few hours worth of work. Also, he has several photos on his site that go beyond the efforts of a weekend shooter. He has found a niche and appears to be making a living in it. Touché.
PS - as someone who lives in Connecticut, while there are few inexpensive places here, he does not live in the expensive corner, either, as one posited.
Disagree if you may, but give the man his due.