We had five days of rainbows over Lake Washington last week. It was amazing, and I was able to grab a few shots. Here’s a couple. Our house still needs a lot of work, but we are finally in permit phase. Thanks to several months of delays caused by having to fire the first design firm of Batt and Lear for a host of reasons, we’ve hired a new architect and builders to help remodel our home. Rainbows, of course, make everything better. So we take solace in our amazing views, fun neighbors and our really great new team of professionals.
This is from a very recent review on Amazon by Larry Hoffer, who I don’t know. I wish I had articulated the theme of this book as well as this reviewer did when I first published the book:
Airstreaming is a poignant, emotionally compelling book about the power of love—love for your spouse, love for your parent, love for your child, and the desire to be loved. It’s a book about the hurts and resentments we keep buried inside, and our need to escape, even when we should face reality instead. And it’s also a story about how sometimes the refuge we need isn’t always the best solution for us.
Thanks for this review, Mr. Hoffer, it made my day.
I’ll be interviewed by Cyrus Webb on his program Conversation Pieces. You can listen to us live at 3pm PST on Friday, March 7th.
I’m looking forward to being interviewed by Mr. Webb, who is a lover of books, and supports indie writers across a wide spectrum of genres and topics.
We will be discussing my novel, AIRSTREAMING, and other literary pursuits.
Join us at www.blogtalkradio.com/conversation-pieces
I just saw Winter’s Tale, the film adaptation by Akiva Goldsman. While it was a huge disappointment as a film, despite Caleb Deschanel’s gorgeous cinematography and terrific acting, I found myself finding touch points to remember the novel.
Winter’s Tale, by Mark Helprin is a classic novel published in 1983. Filled with magical realism, great characters, a magnificent New York City at both turns of the century, and oysters upon oysters – not to mention a flying white horse – the novel is too dense and layered for a simple two hour movie.
Whole sections were stripped away – particularly the Baymen of the Bayonne Marsh, how Peter Lake becomes a mechanic – indeed, the whole industrial age meme is gone. The cloud wall is also missing, or the powers that Peter Lake assumes upon his reentry into the world of Manhattan.
The significance of Grand Central Station is missing, too. Jackson Meade, master bridge builder, is missing. The entire meaning of the novel is missing, which is sadly explained to us in narration.
I would encourage film students to see the movie just for Caleb Deschanel’s cinematography, which will sadly not be seen by many people because the film is terribly truncated from the original novel. If the director, Akiva Goldsman, so loved the book, and it became deeply personal to him due to a loss he sustained, I’m at a loss as to how he felt he honored Mr. Helprin’s intentions.
Maybe someday, justice will be done, and this book will receive its due. Until then, read the book. Also read Helprin’s collection of early stories, “Ellis Island and Other Stories” to read the story that begins the extraordinary tale set forth in Winter’s Tale.
Also read “Memoir from Antproof Case,” which is thoroughly entertaining.
Interview in support of my novel, Airstreaming, with Max Tucci. It’s approximately 15 minutes and has several images of our Airstream, Margaret, and others in our recent travels. My thanks to Max for hosting a great interview, which was a lot of fun to do.
Very cool video by Andrew Ditton of winter camping in the Outer Hebrides. The music is great, too! Hat tip: Airstream.com – Live Riveted!
I’ll be talking about my novel, AIRSTREAMING, on Max and Friends on LATALKRADIO.com at 8pm PST tonight, February 9, 2014.
Tune in from your computer and hear about the latest as we relaunch the book in the next few months.
This week I was finally taken to The Shady Dell by my friend, Paula Sindelar. This unique motel is just outside of downtown Bisbee, AZ, which was built to support mining and other pursuits a century ago.
Fully restored trailers of the vintage aluminum variety dot a desert landscape.
Add to this a restored 1957 Chris Craft Yacht, a sort of tribute to Gilligan’s Island, and a fully restored bus and you have quite a few extremely unique places to stay and relive the 1950’s.
After finishing my novel, AIRSTREAMING, I’ve been following and visiting many people and places with Airstreams, and this was the most unique place I’ve encountered. Justin and Jen bought The Shady Dell in 2007 and have lovingly brought it back with all sorts of classic touches including:
An Outdoor Movie Setting
Vintage Accessories in Every Trailer
and Vintage Cars and Trucks in various stages of restoration.
Jen toured us through the 1949 Vintage Airstream, which has a beautiful interior featuring polished aluminum that reflects back the years.
What was striking was the 1957 Gold Airfloat. It’s unique shape and reflective exterior really is a stunning thing to see in person.
Signs of the times and a welcoming reception finish out this extraordinary place.
Relax, break out the perfect novel, and spend a weekend soaking up the sun and history of this one-of-a-kind motel in historic Bisbee, Arizona.
Photographs ©2014 Tom Schabarum
We bring home, from far off places, things to remind us of where we’ve been, and who was there. This tin star from New Mexico is hung in our home after waiting two years for a light to brighten it. The light is found on the day my fiancé’s grandson is born, on a day where friends and family say, “welcome to the world.” We hang this star of colored beads to welcome him. This star bought the day before I knew what love felt like, having explained to a friend that when you’re older, you finally recognize love, and accept it for what it is. This star reminds me of unconditional love, and when I was welcomed to the world two years ago. So welcome Connor, too, and know that today, just now, your star is born and hanging in our home.