Motel Chronicles reveals the fast-moving and sometimes surprising world of the man behind the plays that have made Sam Shepard a living legend in the theater. Shepard chronicles his own life birth in Illinois, childhood memories of Guam, Pasadena and rural Southern California, adventures as ranch hand, waiter, rock musician, dramatist and film actor. Scenes from this book form the basis of his play Superstitions, and of the film (directed by Wim Wenders) Paris, Texas, winner of the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. " . . . essential reading. A scrapbook of short stories, autobiographical reveries, poetry and photographs, Motel Chronicles is full of verbal delights, as well as insights into its author's entire canon. Whether Mr. Shepard is reminiscing about his parents or daydreaming about cherished movies and cars of his youth, he speaks in pungent and ethereal language that remakes our West. Read in conjunction with the plays, Motel Chronicles also helps demystify the origins of Mr. Shepard's psychological obsessions and desolate frontier iconography."—Frank Rich, New York Times "If plays were put in time capsules, future generations would get a sharp-toothed profile of life in the U.S. in the past decade and half from the works of Sam Shepard."— Time "Sam Shepard is a shaman—a New World shaman. Sam is as American as peyote, magic mushrooms, Rock and Roll, and medicine bundles."—Jack Gelber Sam Shepard (1943) is a playwright, actor, author, screen writer and director whose work is performed on and off Broadway and in other theaters across the country. In 1979, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child . In 1983, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Right Stuff . His other famous works include True West , A Lie of the Mind and Curse of the Starving Class . Fool For Love & the Sad Lament of Pecos Bill by Sam Shepard was also published by City Lights Publishers.
Eleven-year-old Lisa becomes her mother’s primary support when they face the prospect of homelessness. As Dee, a single mother, struggles with the demons of her own childhood of neglect and abuse, Lisa has to quickly assume the role of an adult in an attempt to keep some stability in their lives. “Dee and Tiny” ultimately become underground celebrities in San Francisco, squatting in storefronts and performing the “art of homelessness.” Their story, filled with black humor and incisive analysis, illuminates the roots of poverty, the criminalization of poor families, and their struggle for survival.
• A classic case in First Amendment Rights • Introduction by Ferlinghetti, reminiscences of editing “Howl” and the trial • Contains unpublished correspondence between Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti showing Ginsberg’s doubts about the poem, and Ferlinghetti’s editorial input • Amusing and illuminating articles from San Francisco media, providing fascinating cultural and social background • Never-before discussed legal aspects of the trial • A story that is informative, full of strange chance happenings • Relevant to present threats to Constitutional rights to free speech • 12 photographs
Personligt giver Svend Aage Madsen ikke meget for virkeligheden. Den gaar gerne for langsomt, fylder alt for meget og er propfuld af intetsigende tilfAeldigheder. NAeh, maa jeg saa bede om fiktionen, siger han i denne bog, hvor forfatteren – med kritiker ved Information Erik Skyum-Nielsen paa den anden side af arbejdsbordet – gor status over mere end 45 aars forfattervirksomhed.SAerlig optaget er Svend Aage Madsen af fortAellingen og dens kraft, dens sAerlige evne til at tydeliggore saavel aktuelle som almenmenneskelige sporgsmaal, og den aabenhed, hvad angaar dette: at rumme det modsAetningsfyldte og paradoksale. Karakteristisk for Svend Aage Madsen er, ogsaa i disse samtaler, hans lyst til at lege med modsAetningerne og afprove nye muligheder i tanken.Bogen kredser naturligvis ogsaa om Aarhus som verdens navle og om den 'makrotekst' Madsen har frembragt ved gang paa gang at henlAegge sine fortAellinger til sin hjemby. Han gor rede for sine forbilleder, danske som udenlandske, og fortAeller om processen fra den forste ide til den fAerdige bog. Desuden diskuterer han sine forskellige valg af genrer, fra novellen over 'mellemromanen' til roman og mammutroman, ligesom han forklarer, hvorfor det var nodvendigt i tiden omkring 1970 at sige modernismen farvel og begynde at lege mere med fiktionen – et skift, der samtidig satte ham i stand til at naa en bredere lAeserskare. Samtalerne, der fandt sted i juni 2009, afbrydes af korte indstik, hvor forfatterskabets vigtigste vAerker et for et prAesenteres.
Some of Western Canada’s most enduring legends involve wilderness fugitives like the Mad Trapper of Rat River or Gunanoot of the Skeena. This book is about one of the most mysterious and most recent fugitives, the Bushman of the Shuswap, who made national headlines while on the lam in the wilderness around Shuswap Lake during the turn of the millennium. For several years he played cat and mouse with the RCMP, raiding summer cottages for supplies and giving media interviews at the edge of the bush only to vanish like smoke. Who was the mysterious Bushman? What drove him? What happened to him? Author Paul McKendrick became obsessed with these questions after a group of houseboaters discovered a doorway built into a rocky outcrop above a remote arm of Shuswap Lake. It opened into an elaborately excavated nine-hundred-square-foot home, complete with electricity and other amenities—the Bushman’s long-sought hideout. Intrigued by the ingenuity of the fugitive’s lair and sensing that there was more to the story than what had been reported by the media, McKendrick began reaching out to people who knew the man, whose real name was John Bjornstrom. What had driven Bjornstrom to go on the lam in the first place, and why specifically to the Shuswap? Why did he escape from prison shortly before completing his sentence? The Bushman’s Lair is the culmination of numerous interviews, court and RCMP transcripts and McKendrick’s own experience of following the Bushman’s trails. The stranger-than-fiction story that McKendrick has woven together is as full of twists and surprises as any reader could hope for: a child of Romani refugees raised by outdoor enthusiasts from Norway; a bizarre, top-secret US military program that recruited individuals with supposed psychic abilities; conspiracy theories and entanglements with shady characters; an alleged hit list tied to the infamous Bre-X mining scandal; and more. Reminiscent of John Vaillant's The Golden Spruce and Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, this fascinating portrait of a far-from-ordinary fugitive makes for a page-turning read.
No matter where people live on the BC coast, says Howard White, they have certain shared experiences: frustration with rain and ferries, familiarity with gumboots, bumbershoots, seagull droppings and barnacles in the wrong places. But each little community clings to its own sense of uniqueness and considers itself the true West Coast. As a case in point, White offers fifty funny sketches of life as he has come to know it in sixty-odd years of living along that hundred-mile stretch of monsoon-prone shoreline ironically known as the Sunshine Coast. Included is what must be one of the most admiring testaments ever written about the virtues of the old-time outhouse; fond remembrances of saltwater fishing when a bad day meant you didn’t hook something in twenty minutes; and explorers who stooped to naming islands after favourite racehorses. We also meet a “bouquet of characters,” including a lyrical logger known as Pete the Poet; a diabolical seagoing remittance man; the saintly Quaker philosopher Hubert Evans and White’s barrier-busting Aunt Jean who taught him the advantages of “scientifically enlarging the truth.” Along with accounts of waste disposal wars and wry observations on modern technology, Here On the Coast offers a West Coast counterpart to such favourites as Letters From Wingfield Farm and Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town .
One of British Columbia's most colourful figures was Albert «Ginger» Goodwin, a slight young English immigrant who arrived on Vancouver Island in 1910 to join hundreds of others slaving in the hellholes of the Cumberland mines. What he saw there made him one of the most effective labour leaders the province has ever seen, and led to an untimely and controversial end. Susan Mayse combines the skills of novelist ( Merlin's Web ) and historian in this gripping biography of one of BC's most controversial labour figures, a hero among Vancouver Island miners and a dangerous subversive in the eyes of the authorities.
In 2006 Kit DesLauriers made history by becoming the first person to climb–and then ski–from the summit of each continent’s highest mountain, the famed Seven Summits. Centered on this quest, her book <i>Higher Love</i> represents a hero’s journey, rich with personal insights, life-threatening consequences, and a thrilling crescendo. Spanning seven continents in just two years, this deeply personal memoir recounts Kit’s initially secret journey that would change her life forever. From braving Antarctica’s bone-chilling temperatures to trudging through an African rainforest, from corn snow on the slopes of Australia to blue ice on Everest, Kit leads you up each mountain and gives you a heart-racing ride back down. This candid, fast-paced story shows how in¬spiration, teamwork, and honoring our true nature blazes the trail to every summit, on or off the mountain.