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

Dead and Co Gorge 2019
Music

Life Lessons with: The Grateful Dead

As I mentioned in recent posts, we spent most of June back in the U.S., about two weeks of which was dedicated to following Dead & Co. up the West Coast. The Gorge Amphitheatre, for me, is the ultimate concert venue. Nothing tops standing in that space and seeing the sweeping vistas of the Columbia… Continue reading Life Lessons with: The Grateful Dead

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