Ghosts of Alden Van Buskirk and Robert Stone rattle chains for Rachel Kushner

I noticed a blurb from Robert Stone on the back cover of the new Rachel Kushner collection of essays, “The Hard Crowd”. I quote, “she’s going to be one we turn to for our serious pleasures and for the insight and wisdom we will be needing in hard times to come”. Here and in the hereafter, I guess he means. Stone died in 2015.

Meanwhile I was just telling one more person that Rachael‘s father went to Dartmouth with the poet Alden Van Buskirk and his mother Pinky met Peter through Alden Van Buskirk when he visited St. Louis where the doomed poet and the future Mrs. Kushner we’re grad students together.
(People in Pinky’s family like those in the House of Windsor had no last names only colors or Hughes… oh, wait, that’s actually a scene from an early Quentin Tarantino movie).

I literally drove to San Francisco yesterday just to buy this book; mine comes with an autograph; well, the car drove; I drove the car. On the way home I listened to the interview with Kurt Vonnegut which reminded me of the time Ed Burns and I interviewed by to get at Dartmouth in 1983 and may still have the tape. In most relevant Lee Rachel excepted part of this book in the New Yorker, About her experience as a bartender at the blue lamp in San Francisco which made me try to contact Ramona down the co-owner and talent buyer of the bottom of the hill. I’m wondering if Ramona overlapped with Rachel or influenced her. I also bought David Ratrace book for which Rachael wrote and afterward, a clerk at books Incorporated at town and country said that he work at Green Apple books and I told a story that the owner Kevin Ryan says I overlapped there with Margaret show but I don’t remember her. And lastly I read somewhere the Jonathan let them around that time worked at Pendragon in Berkeley.

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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; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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