More from Ishi

In describing the mindset of the legions of prospectors traversing Ishi’s homeland, the author provides this illuminating historical context through the eyes of an abandoned prospector, J. Goldsborough Bruff, who kept intricate journals of his experiences: Gold seems to work on the human psyche to its undoing.  The Reverend Walter Colton, Alcalde of Monterey, is […]

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Ishi by Theodora Kroeber

An excerpt:   The big winds of Spring were a welcome announcement of renewal.  They were cold and gusty, but they blew around the warm earth-covered houses harmlessly, blowing themselves out, and were followed by warm rain.  Then came the miracle.  The bare rocks of the plateaus, the hills, and the meadows were painted overnight […]

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Bruce Nauman

“I think the hardest thing to do is to present an idea in the most straightforward way… Still, how to proceed is always the mystery. I remember at one point thinking that some day I would figure out how you do this, how you do art – like, “What’s the procedure here, folks?” – and […]

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Excerpt from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Then he began to pity the great fish he had hooked.  Life is wonderful and strange and who knows how old he is, he thought.  Never have I had such a strong fish nor one who acted so strangely.  Perhaps he is too wise to jump.  He could ruin me by jumping or by a […]

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Terence McKenna – Psychonaut/Scientist/Anarchist/Feminist et al

During an enlightening conversation with one of my dear friends this past weekend, I was reminded that I used to read the writings of Terence McKenna frequently.  Enjoy: Our present global crisis is more profound than any previous historical crises; hence our solutions must be equally drastic. I propose that we should adopt the plant as […]

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Ode to an Artichoke by Pablo Neruda

The artichoke With a tender heart Dressed up like a warrior, Standing at attention, it built A small helmet Under its scales It remained Unshakeable, By its side The crazy vegetables Uncurled Their tendrills and leaf-crowns, Throbbing bulbs, In the sub-soil The carrot With its red mustaches Was sleeping, The grapevine Hung out to dry […]

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Excerpt from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

On Clothes And the weaver said, “Speak to us of Clothes.” And he answered: Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful. And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain. Would that you could meet the sun and […]

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The Portent – Herman Melville (1859)

Hanging from the beam, Slowly swaying (such the law), Gaunt the shadow on your green, Shenandoah! The cut is on the crown (Lo, John Brown), And the stabs shall heal no more. Hidden in the cap Is the anguish none can draw; So your future veils its face, Shenandoah! But the streaming beard is shown […]

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The Measurements of Success

Since my graduation from what would appear to be my final stint in academia, I have had a particular reoccurring dream.  The setting of this dream varies in people and places, but the overwhelming sense and feel remains constant: I am on my way to class, terribly afraid because I have not been to this class in […]

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Winnebago Man or The Angriest Man in the World

I left the theater last night feeling both heavy and empty.  This documentary caused me to laugh the hardest I have laughed in quite awhile.  At the same time, however, it forced me to reflect upon life in a profoundly sobering way. The subject of the documentary, a flamboyantly articulate septuagenarian,  began life with a clear […]

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