Full and happy

Los Angeleno by birth, Northwesterner by choice, Second-hander by nature. Librarian, housebound chef, father, and lowly subject ruled over by the needs and whims of a very old house.
Partial to Mexican, Italian and Vietnamese cookery but will eat damn near anything. Collector of many strange things..the result is chaos and anarchy and a very pleasant place to live.
There is pleasure in accumulation, not just "collecting": music, books and film, in all their multi-formated glory. Outsider artists and those kinds of prints you would recognize if you took liberal studies classes in college. Cooking implements and gadgets for recipes still untried or those ventured. Glasses for most types of libations. Flowers in the garden, herbs in the pot.
It's a life of the senses and a good home life reflects that. Walking helps take in all the rest. Requires no special equipment, opens up the pores, brightens the taste buds, clears the decks for further adventures, puts on the miles, widens the eyes and helps fuel the imagination.

Live boldly, play graciously and love with all your heart knowing that true love comes only once or twice in this lifetime. Speaking of which..donde estas, Empress of my Heart?


"Lack imagination and miss the better story" Yann Martel

"Life is a great adventure and I want to say to you, accept it in such spirit. I want to see you face it ready to do the best that lies in you to win out. To go down without complaining and abiding by the result....the worst of all fears is the fear of living." Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

"Not I - not anyone else, can travel that road for you
You must travel it for yourself" Walt Whitman

And above all, friends should possess the rare gift of sitting. They should be able, no, eager, to sit for hours-three, four, six-over a meal of soup and wine and cheese, as well as one of twenty fabulous courses.

Then, with good friends of such attributes, and good food on the board, and good wine in the pitcher, we may well ask,

When shall we live if not now?

-From Serve it Forth,
M.F.K. Fisher

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Writing and books at the end of the decade

I cannot see a life spent without books. My house is saturated with them. I have them by my bed, on shelves in every room, in the car (breakdowns!) and sometimes, for the hell of it, small ones tucked away in pockets of coats. There hasn't been a time where books haven't been part of my collecting mania. As a boy it was all about war comics and Mad magazine, Famous Monsters of Movieland and Cracked. The book jones was always salted with the pulp I couldn't buy but could always borrow from the library. That was the place where all the serious stuff was found, where all the classic literature and heavy paper art books and interesting illustrated stuff dwelled. I couldn't have made it without the library in my life.

It's no small wonder that I got into the profession that I did, that all my truly close friends are writers or artists or collectors of books in some capacity or another. I can't go out into the land of commerce without wanting to come back with some kind of printed matter or another, be it a pamphlet or a bookmark or yet another cookbook to add to my collection. And while I don't necessarily find the world of big box bookstores my favorite kind of place to buy books, they're always a port in a storm when I'm out and about and want to escape the madness of the crowds at the mall.

So these days I mostly settle in with light stuff. I haven't read a novel in months, and printed matter mostly comes into my life across the screen or throughy recipes in the kitchen. But when I read the opinion post below I had to wonder about that new Sophie book technology he mentioned. I've always dreamed of a device that would let you not only dive into a great piece of literature but would also allow you to take off down various alleys of thought and ideas as they came up or were inspired by what you were reading. I love the idea of not having to set down a book to check out a fact or see a visual reference or a painting or hear a piece of music, to have the reading experience be more than something that's only taking place in your head.

I love books and reading if only because of the interconnectivity with life I find in them. My favorite novels, my favorite cookbooks, my favorite reference resources have always taken me deeper into the things I love, or want to know more about. Call it literate one stop shopping if you will, but reading about Sophie got me excited about books and reading all over again. This is technology waay past Kindle and that lot. We're on the verge of something truly grand., damn near mystical in it's level of excitement. Just can't wait.



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