Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CHAUCER'S BOOKS @ BoHenry's




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Chaucer's bookstore of Santa Barbara will host a book signing party for Motional Blur at BoHenry's Cocktail Lounge.

Thursday, October 6th

Commencing 5:33 p.m.

1431 San Andres Street
Santa Barbara

All drinks half-price between 5 and 7 p.m.

We have created a Motional Blur Cocktail 
for the occasion







Monday, May 30, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY





No American should be willing to risk his or her life for this country unless the politicians and generals that want a war lead troops into battle. 

If we truly need to eradicate a serious enemy that threatens our existence, well, that's why we invented certain weapons 70 years ago, to save American lives.  Solve the problem quick and decisively, without loss to America's sons and daughters. And only if absolutely necessary.

Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iran... The blood shed by America's young adults was based on lies and deception, resulting only in enriching certain business and banking sectors that leech off human sacrifice.


Don't allow a sentimental holiday to sway you from the ugliness of war; from the reality of those who make war happen and why they do it. 

Something I wrote when I was a teen: 

His mind is warped
His body bent
War meant more than he thought it meant. 



Friday, May 27, 2016

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

TECOLOTE BOOK SIGNING EVENT: OCTOBER 4








The publication of Motional Blur will kick off with a book signing event at:

Tecolote Book Shop

1470 East Valley Road
Montecito

Tuesday, October 4th (publication day)

Commencing 5 p.m.

Everyone invited!






Wednesday, May 25, 2016

THE NEAL CASSADY LETTER THAT INSPIRED ON THE ROAD





Neal Cassady wrote 16,000 word letter over three days in December 1950.

Later admitted to having been on amphetamine Benzadrine the whole time.

Kerouac said the 18-page note was 'the greatest piece of writing I ever saw.'

Letter was lost for 60 years but was found in a defunct publishing house





Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MARK TWAIN DREAMED UP THE INTERNET IN 1898





As soon as the Paris contract released the telelectroscope, it was delivered to public use, and was soon connected with the telephonic systems of the whole world. The improved ‘limitless-distance’ telephone was presently introduced and the daily doings of the globe made visible to everybody, and audibly discussable too, by witnesses separated by any number of leagues.





Saturday, May 21, 2016

TY WARNER & THE BILTMORE



Another Saturday night and this place ain't got nobody



Ty Warner must be having a joke.

His asthetic sense is much too tasteful to come up with such nonsense for Montecito's centerpiece hang (past tense).


No.  I'd like to think Ty is having his revenge on a sordid circle of suckers that try to dominate his "exclusive" pool club across the road. 

I stopped in for a glass of Phelps pinot noir and got talking to an unsuspecting couple from SF here for the weekend.

They could scarcely believe how or why this joint now looks like a cross between a Turkish bazaar and a Moroccan brothel.


(They fled, drinks in hand, to their room.) 

Sadly, the bartender agreed with us.

And so does everyone else. 

Fortunately, Ty cannot ruin the view of Butterfly Beach.




Clubhouse on Wheels: THE CORAL CASINO AND THE COW



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

MOTIONAL BLUR: BIG SKY COUNTRY






My road trip novel Motional Blur, to be published this autumn by Skyhorse Publishing, is based on an actual road trip I took in June 2013.

I wrote this about my trip at the time:

The COW had its first (5,000-mile) service and many weeks passed while I pored over maps for a cross-country trek.  

The challenge was to pinpoint a route that would set the framework for my novel.

Inspired by a special exhibition at The Autry Museum on Route 66, to which I rolled with my friend Andrew, I conceived a route that would join the famed highway in Barstow and follow it across Oklahoma to Missouri, where I’d break east to Indiana, Ohio, and beyond.



This was my plan, with Andrew along to help with the driving… until the day before departure when  
I suddenly realized that the setting of my novel did not necessarily have to be cross-country, nor be romanticized by Route 66.  

It would be better to avoid such clichรฉs and create my own path: a setting that might better compliment the plot of the story, about which I had been scribbling meticulous notes for several months.

So I flushed my pre-conceived ideas away and changed direction:  

North, not east, and a route that would cover some of the most stunning scenery in the USA, instead of it’s most barren and bleak.








Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

THE ANTIDOTE TO DEVIL'S GATE






Route One, north, to Mission San Carlos Borromeo (St. Charles), Carmel-by-the-Sea.  



Photo:  Van Stein


Dust-off-the-devil time.






No finer venue for this.