Friday, March 25, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Just over two years ago, on 17 March 2014, Thomas Van Stein and I set out on the CoW's maiden voyage, to Gold Rush Country, and discovered Mark Twain.
Where Samuel Clemens spent three dismal weeks in January 1865 panning for gold.
We spent the first night in a town called Murphys (appropriate for St. Paddy' Day).
Van Stein set up his easel to paint Murphys Hotel, beneath a full moon, a side view to capture the room where Mark Twain slept...
...and somehow or other I wound up capturing the great writer himself.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
|Photo: Van Stein|
Of all the people worth listening to, two stand out.
One, sadly, is no longer with us: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
The other, David Crosby, I had the great pleasure of seeing tonight, solo.
And the experience was magical.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
A great independent bookstore in Healdsburg with branches in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin Counties.
It was here I learned this morning that Motional Blur is scheduled to be published on October 4th.
The sales assistant ordered two copies from Ingram's (the distributor) on the spot.
|Photo: Van Stein|
Petaluma: Some sweet pre-1906 architecture (unaffected by SF earthquake) and where the cruising scenes in American Graffiti were filmed.
Otherwise, little else, and definitely not an overnight, as anticipated.
Oops, meant to take Richmond Bridge further north, but it's easy to miss the turn-off.
Even when we got to San Fran, Google Maps continued to beg us to turn around and go back to 880.
We refused, and rediscovered the joys of rush-hour traffic and the Golden Gate Bridge...
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
Monday, March 7, 2016
I arrived early and sat in Pierre Lafond to meet a student today as I thought it was about time to finish up the last fifteen pages or so of your novella.
I regretted the selection of a public place.
I wanted to weep.
Your diminutive work is written upon the heart and mind.
Makes one want to believe in all the good speculations about the world: God, soul, beauty, kindness, meaning.
I now need to distance myself a bit so I can write a review that reflects the essence of your remarkable creative act.
Peter Benbow is an educator and Headmaster of Eureka School in Santa Barbara.