Friday, March 25, 2016

CAUGHT IN THE ACT



Photo:  Van Stein



Starbucks, Montecito, 8:43 a.m., my favorite perch.

Plotting a new road novel.




Thursday, March 24, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: MARK TWAIN'S ORB?






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.



Jackass Hill.
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

WHAT ARE THEIR NAMES?



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.



HEALDSBURG PLAZA



Thomas Van Stein



Monday, March 21, 2016

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA...



Behind Barlow, Sebastopol


And you've got to admit, it sure beats anything that glorifies war...



SEBASTOPOL SIGNS



Photo:  Van Stein














SEBASTOPOL, NIGHT



Photo:  Van Stein


The very first sign to us from the universe after listening to Robert Moss on Kairomancy and Synchronicity.




Sunday, March 20, 2016

ROBERT MOSS: SIDEWALK ORACLES



Photo: Van Stein




Copperfield's, Sebastopol, California, 18 March, 7:33 p.m.







PIGS EVERYWHERE THIS TRIP



Photo:  Van Stein






I think I've seen the one on the left, clearly a Hillary supporter...


PRELUDE TO A BOOK EVENT






Deeper down the rabbit hole at K & L Bistro, Sebastopol.

Bartenders with magical names:  Cheni and Shallena.


And outside on the street...




Photo:  Van Stein


... Danyan.




Friday, March 18, 2016

COPPERFIELD'S






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.




SEEN AROUND HEALDSBURG







Remnants of St. Paddy's




HAPPIER IN HEALDSBURG




Photo:  Van Stein


Who wouldn't be?

Especially at Dry Creek Kitchen at the start of their pig festival...






(Not exactly an Islamic Blue Plate Special.)



PETALUMA POOL HALL



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.




THE VIEW FROM BAY BRIDGE






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...




Friday, March 11, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

PETER BENBOW on MOTIONAL BLUR






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.