Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vollmann & Dylan - Living Legends

OK. I am very impressed, as always, with William Vollmann, who has yet another book out -- over eighteen total, and he was born 1959. In the past, the California-based prolific writer has won the National Book Award, among other honors. This one is titled IMPERIAL and is about Imperial County in California; it racks up to 1,300 pages, all focused on the Mexico-California border and all the drama that goes along with patrolling that border and trying to cross it.

Vollmann is holding my attention, mostly, with his RIDING TOWARD EVERYWHERE, which chronicles his adventures hopping rail cars. Yes, the man is adventurous and interested greatly in fringe cultures, the down-trodden.

After seeing Robert Dylan (aka Robert Zimmerman) in concert recently, at a minor-league stadium in Maryland, I am appreciating the multiple ways to view and appreciate America. It is still a great land with great potentiality. Also, check out the recent issue of Rolling Stone with its Dylan interview by Douglas Brinkley. Now Brinkley, a published historian and college professor, is another guy I need to read more of... where is the time to read and absorb, respond to, all this great culture? Let's get started (in here). - Tim