Thursday, July 30, 2009

Odds and Ends

My life is like a space mission. I try to concentrate, as I fall through the void at high speed. The results—good and bad—are often accidental. After I posted about windows and views last week, I realized I'd left out the most beautiful view I've had, of this sexy Russian Orthodox Church on Geary Boulevard, seated beside the Golden Gate. I lived in this apartment from 1989-94, and I could see a large part of San Francisco, from Downtown to the Marin Headlands, from its fifteen windows.

Choreographer Twyla Tharp writes:
I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.

In recent years, the author who has inspired and taught me more than any other is Robert Greene. Recently he wrote a blog entry about his upcoming book, The 50th Law. This short piece cuts to the heart of the confusion I have struggled with throughout my life. In the second part of the piece, Greene expands his personal observations to political party behavior during the last election. If this part turns you off, just ignore it and re-read the opening paragraphs. Adjectives fail me in describing the writing of Robert Greene; the words that most apply have been diluted by overuse. I am in awe of his writing.

Finally, I offer this short video by British author Alain de Botton on Class Anxiety. His opening about depression on Sunday evening describes every one of my Sundays in adult life. I'm going on a long trip this weekend, and will update you when something interesting happens. Something interesting will definitely happen.

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