Burden of truth

One of these days I will post an essay about the following texts (based on the “60 Minutes” coverage of item A):

Greg Mortensen Four Cups of Tea
Helena Norberg Hodge Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh
Marlo Morgan Mutant Message Down Under
David Shields Reality Hunger
Dao Strom Chickens, sex worker
John Steinbeck Tortilla Flats
John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath
Shields on Daniel Dafoe

Travels with Charley

Cf: Mateo Romero “Red Man’s Burden”
Bhi Bhiman Kimchee Line w. Adam Johnson of Stanford on Charlie Rose
Steve and Eric Cohen 25 Years of Fox I kissed everybody on that show. I kissed a lot of people.
I kissed Ally McBeal by Steve Cohen (with Eric Cohen)

edit to add, July 13: San Jose Metro has a piece on an out of print 1960s memoir by William Craddock. Calls to mind both my advocacy of the late Alden Van Buskirk and my ongoing dialogue with Foothill instructor Dr. Jordana Finnegan.

Also on my reading list — if that is what this is, albeit fictitious — is Jennifer Egan’s “goon squad” book which is indebted to Jason Schlichter’s memoir about Semisonic. And my neighbor Jon Ford, the erudite rock star daddy, says that Egan dated Steve Jobs.

Lastly, for now, I visited the Steinbeck Center in Salinas and procured and am ingesting “In Dubious Battle”. Amazon has about 49 mostly very positive reviews for this work, compared to about 700 for “Grapes of Wrath” and 1,200 for “Of Mice and Men”.



edita: speaking of burden of the awful truth, it took me 18 months locked in a mental prison to realize I had mis-identified Adam Johnson as “Greg Anderson” — actually have still not released poor protagonist from the torture chamber of the first 60 pages or so.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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