From time to time: Self-centered. Stuck in my ways. Inadvertently offensive. Compassionate to a fault. Distant (when I need to refuel). Lonely. Awkward. Charismatic. Absent-minded. Irreverent. Sad. Angry. Gregarious.
I live in a house I designed with an architect friend. Still a work in progress, it's on a quiet city street and is buffered from the world by a semi-wild garden. I paint occasionally, take photographs occasionally, and am working on a books of images that brings together many of my artistic musings.
John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, To a God Unknown.
Cormac McCarthy: The Crossing, All the Pretty Horses.
Richard Wilbur: The Field, Marginalia.
Jorge Luis Borges: Inventory.
William Wordsworth: Ode.
Yehuda Amichai: My Father.
Zelda: Each Man Has a Name.
Princess Daihaku: Autumn Mountain.
Christopher Alexander: The Nature of Order, The Timeless Way of Building.
Harold Rosenberg: Barnett Newman.
Rilke: Letters to a Young Poet
Neil Young. Johnny Cash. Bob Dylan. Phosphorescent. The Low Anthem. Waylon Jennings. Jessi Colter. Leonard Cohen. Sandy Denny. A.A. Bondy. Devendra Banhart. Vetiver. The Beatles. Emmylou Harris. Gram Parsons. John Prine. Bonnie Raitt. Kris Kristofferson. Erik Satie.
Alexi Murdoch. Yim Yames.
The Station Agent. My Life as a Dog. Following Sean. The Misfits. Old Joy. You Can Count on Me. June Bug. A River Runs Through It.
Barnett Newman. Mark Rothko. Caspar David Friedrich. Blinky Palermo. Amedeo Modigliani. Henri Matisse. Agnes Martin. Quilters of Gee's Bend. Richard Tuttle. Andre Kertesz. Philip Perkis. Arthur Wesley Dow. My grandmother and a few friends.
Christopher Alexander. William Wurster. Bernard Maybeck. Nomads, farmers and hippies.
Friday Night Lights. Parks and Recreation. Freaks and Geeks.
My house and garden, The Alhambra, old art museums, the gallery designed by Tadao Ando at the Art Instutite, clear creeks, my studio, the homes of good friends.
The quality of daily life.
The role of art in daily life.
If you're someone who is always on the move, going from one activity to another, well, the world needs people like you, but we're probably not a match. On the other hand, if you lead a relatively quiet, peaceful life, that bodes well.