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jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Aug.04.2013
It was another night I woke up at two in the morning. I laid in bed, then started the audiobook I've been "reading" Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart (best known to the US as Chummy Browne on Call the Midwife)  It's hysterically funny, but I wasn't in the mood for hysterically funny. Although I...
mark-gillispie's picture
Mar.10.2013
I walked out of of the moon-beam chamber, a free parking ticket in hand. What a bargain. They're just giving stuff away at the Clinic. Renee, the very pregnant radiation tech, smiled at me and said, “The tumor is pretty much gone.” The techs working The Big Machine get an advance look at how...
mark-gillispie's picture
Feb.06.2013
  "Cow is giving kerosene, kid can't read at seventeen The words he knows are all obscene, but it's alright I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive." -- Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter   I drove to Parma for my second day of chemo after a sleepless night spent jacked up on...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Sep.19.2012
“No matter how cynical you get, you can’t keep up.” (Lily Tomlin) I have a friend who talks about “the default world.” He means the one in which we adjust to absurdity, tolerating behavior that we ought to rebuke, simply because in that diminished reality it has become normalized. In the...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Apr.12.2012
There’s a quote from Gandhi I love: “To a people famishing and idle, the only acceptable form in which God can dare appear is work and promise of food as wages.” Read literally, it is humane and compassionate and deeply true. But I also read it as a general principle, which leads me to this...
helen-mallon's picture
Jun.27.2011
Today's post comes from Seth Godin, uber-sales guy.  What sets him apart from the slick and slimy is that he shows actual respect for human beings. (Among his zillion book titles, my personal favorite title is Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing Out of Sync?) His message is for us, writer tribe....
ben-fong-torres's picture
Nov.19.2009
It’s been a rough year for most of us, but I guess I should count myself among the lucky ones. When Chronicle Books began mapping out promotional plans for the Grateful Dead Scrapbook, in late summer or early fall, I turned down one of the first bookstores to invite me for a signing. Lord knows, it...
ron-cabral's picture
Nov.17.2009
I attended a literary event at a bookstore (Clayton Books) nearby me in Clayton, California the other night - Ben Fong-Torres was in conversation with the noted guitarist Greg Kihn about The Grateful Dead Scrapbook. Ben wrote a 25,000 word history of the band that he first began covering in 1968...
ben-fong-torres's picture
Oct.02.2009
Don't let me forget: I've got to mention that my new book is out--it's the Grateful Dead Scrapbook--and I'm giving it a light push; mainly at The Booksmith on Haight St. October 7 (a Wed.) at 7... Anyway: The Banned Books concert at the Main Library here in SF was fun, considering the subject was...
peter-conners's picture
Jul.01.2009
22 years ago this week, I got my tickets (and brain) ripped at my first Grateful Dead shows. The first one was 6/30/87 at Kingswood Music Theatre in Ontario, Canada. That show was followed two days later by Silver Stadium in Rochester, NY. If you've read [Growing Up Dead] then you already know all...