The Art of Learning Josh Waitzkin
Books, essay

Books: The Art of Learning

Josh Waitzkin's "The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance" is a revelation. It's a stunning read that I could've devoured in one sitting, but I wanted to savor it, so I read it over a few days. This is definitely a book that I will go back to time and again. I… Continue reading Books: The Art of Learning

Greenlights and I Claudius
Books

Books: ‘Greenlights’ and ‘I, Claudius’

"Greenlights" by Matthew McConaugheyIf you told me five years ago that I'd be reading a book written by Matthew McConaughey, I would've been hard-pressed to believe you. But read his book I have. The prose is so pleasurable that I read it in just a few sittings. The writing flows smoothly, and the stories are… Continue reading Books: ‘Greenlights’ and ‘I, Claudius’

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

Awakening to the Dead by Aileen Torres Bennett
Adventure, Art, essay, Music

Awakening to the Dead

I was not a Grateful Dead fan when I was growing up. It took years, and my marriage, to change my mind. In high school, I used to associate the band with ne'er-do-wells. They wore a uniform of tie-dye t-shirts with shorts and Birkenstocks and exuded an attitude of marijuana-induced “chillness.” They didn’t seem to… Continue reading Awakening to the Dead