Ooo-Tah!

“Brigham Young led his band of social outcasts to the old bed of a drying desert sea and proclaimed, “This is the place!” This was the place? Someone in that first group must have felt that Young had become unhinged by two thousand horribly arduous miles.”

Marc Reisner
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water

Biblio-materialism

What does it mean when what you own is essential to who you are? In our everyday grasp of owning things, we tag it materialism, consumerism, consumption. But I trust you’ll agree that the possession of books is not identical to the possession of shoes: Someone with a thousand books is someone you want to talk to; someone with a thousand shoes is someone you suspect of belonging to the Kardashian clan. Books are not objects in the same way that shoes are objects.

via A Bibliophile’s Defense of Physical Books | The New Republic.

Werner Herzog on LA

“I moved to Los Angeles because my wife and I decided we had to live in the city with the most substance in the United States. And I do not regret it for a second. Don’t be misled by the superficial glitz and glamour of Hollywood. It’s the city with the most cultural substance.”

Werner Herzog

via Werner Herzog’s Thoughts On Los Angeles Are Pretty Great: LAist.

Amen. Though I think San Francisco and LA run pretty much neck-and-neck…

Howard Stark: More than Just Howard Hughes’ Doppelganger

Howard Stark’s importance to the effort of building the Universe goes beyond his own accomplishments — which, the movies will never let you forget, are really-super-sensational; your man’s basically Rat Pack Einstein.

via Masters of the Universe: Marvel’s Unprecedented Storytelling Gamble «.

“Rat Pack Einstein.” Beautiful.

Home

There’s something delicious about writing those first few words of a story. You can never quite tell where they will take you. Mine took me here, where I belong.

— Beatrix Potter

I sit writing on my porch, lifting my eyes to watch the waterfowl fish in the channel and the coyotes frolic in the dunes as the rabbits outfox the condors, I so get this.

I Dream of California

Among the Sierra Nevada  CA. 1868. Albert Bier...
Among the Sierra Nevada CA. 1868. Albert Bierstadt (Photo credit: catherinetodd2)

“Can’t close my eyes
I’m wide awake
Every hair on my body
Has got a thing for this place
Oh, empty my heart
I’ve got to make room for this feeling
It’s so much bigger than me

It couldn’t be anymore beautiful
I can’t take it in.”

Imogen Heap