January 07, 2010
in geographical & chronological incoherency (a medley)
Back to the white of South Bend after twenty three days in California. And what a perfect break! Vipassana at North Fork was of course the highlight. But also Muir Woods - old-growth redwoods! City Lights, Modern Times and other fabulous SF bookstores! I somehow managed to get away with buying just three books. The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer ed. by Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian; Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys ed. by D H Sterry; and - this one as a gift because of its title and the back cover blurb is great too - Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. Also walked into a a snooty gallery on Ghirardelli Square to look at a Dali collection. Found crazy stairways in Chinatown. The vistas! Sutro Baths! A planetarium show at Griffith Observatory (LA). Real stars in North Fork. Endless walking (esp in SF). Endless road drives (or, since I didn't drive at all, road rides). Avenue of the Giants. And of course the food. The crepes and the sushi and the burritos. Mehek Punjab De at Fresno. Udupi Palace at SF. And even Naan n Curry at Berkeley! etc.