Galileos Dream Kim Stanley Robinson
Books, essay

Read: “Galileo’s Dream” by Kim Stanley Robinson

I was introduced to the novelist Kim Stanley Robinson by hubby, who has Robinson's most famous work, the Mars trilogy, in our library. When we were in San Francisco this past New Year's, there was an independent bookstore in the plaza across the street from our hotel in Japantown, where hubby picked up a copy… Continue reading Read: “Galileo’s Dream” by Kim Stanley Robinson

Rethinking Kerouac by Aileen Torres Bennett
Art, Books, essay

Rethinking Kerouac

I've read three novels by Jack Kerouac in the last several weeks--"Big Sur," "The Dharma Bums," "Desolation Angels"--and it got me thinking about his influence on me. I was introduced to Kerouac in high school, when "On the Road" was mandatory reading. As a writing style, his stream-of-consciousness prose wasn't exactly appealing; but as a… Continue reading Rethinking Kerouac

Books, Music

Book Review: Robbie Robertson’s ‘Testimony’

If you love rock 'n' roll, you've got to read Robbie Robertson's "Testimony." The lead guitarist for The Band shows off his storytelling chops, giving one fascinating anecdote after another. Remember him talking in the interview sessions spliced into "The Last Waltz"? "Testimony" is a whole book like that. The paperback is about 500 pages,… Continue reading Book Review: Robbie Robertson’s ‘Testimony’

Adventure, Books

Book Review: William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days

William Finnegan, a staff writer for The New Yorker, doesn't really need my help in spreading the word about his book "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life," but I'll give him a boost anyway. His memoir won the Pulitzer and is a New York Times bestseller, and it is an excellent read that can be summed… Continue reading Book Review: William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days

Adventure, Books, Music

Small Business Saturday Goodies

Hope all of you had a lovely Thanksgiving. The holiday season is now upon us, and, while I'm not much of a shopper, I had a fun day checking out local stores. It's small business Saturday, and I wanted to support the little guys that are essential threads of a community. My first stop was… Continue reading Small Business Saturday Goodies