Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 23, 2015
He was walking down the street while reading and when I stopped him and asked my question. He looked at me for a moment and laughed. He said that I'd photographed him before. It was about 18 months earlier, he said, a few months after he'd moved to San Francisco. He'd been reading at a coffee shop in the SoMa. I couldn't remember anything except that the book had a racy cover, and the sun was in his eyes when I took the photo. Here's the post.
This time around, in the shade of the FedEx truck, he said he had been reading the classics, but is taking a break from them. He's not exactly slumming it, though, reading a Pulitzer Prize winner -- A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 16, 2015
He is reading New York, by Edward Rutherfurd. He was talking to his mother about books the other day and she recommended this and, he said, he's enjoying the ride. Before this he was reading Pema Chödrön, Rumi, Suzuki (I didn't write it down and I can't remember if he said D.T. Suzuki or Shunryū Suzuki), and other books related to Buddhist thought. After reading from this genre for so long, reading fiction brought something fresh to his life. He said he's planning on reading more fiction in the future.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 09, 2015
His favorite author right now is Boethius, a Roman writer who died in AD 524, who, he said, synthesized Christianity and Plato's philosophy together with mystical thinking.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, November 02, 2015
Streetopia exhibition in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco that happened in 2012. Artists got the community involved and turned abandoned storefronts into interactive art places, celebrating the Tenderloin as a neighborhood.
Lately, a couple of her favorite books have been Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape Paperback, edited by Barry Lopez & Debra Gwartney, and The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems from the San Francisco Bay Watershed, edited by Sixteen Rivers Press, with a foreword by Robert Haas.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 26, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 19, 2015
His favorite author is Jorge Luis Borges. One of his favorite Borges books is The Garden of Forking Paths.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 12, 2015
In the Mission District
One of her favorite authors that she's been reading lately is Jhumpa Lahiri.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 05, 2015
Before this she read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander, a dark book about racism. Recently she also read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, September 28, 2015
He said that some of the best books he's read have come from the free bin. One of these was a history of the French Revolution, which was written in 1900 by a University of Chicago professor. He said that it was very readable, that you might think that the language would carry or that the points made would be made in different ways than now, but he said that it was easy to read as any book today.
He believes in Bernie Sanders.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, September 21, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, September 14, 2015
She is reading, in the translated Italian, Barney's Version, by the Canadian author, Mordecai Richler. She says she doesn't really like it that much, but she's just trying to finish it.
She's visiting here from Italy. Her favorite neighborhoods are the Mission (my neighborhood!), as well as Chinatown and North Beach. Her favorite Italian author is Italo Calvino (especially Le Cosmicomiche) and she also likes the Spanish author Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, September 07, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, August 31, 2015
Here's the post. Since then he has been reading James Patterson's Women's Murder Club, has been trying to get into Sci Fi, with authors like H.G. Wells, and he's found temporary housing and is awaiting a background check for a job doing street cleaning. Congratulations!! San Francisco is a tough city to break into. He's originally from Massachusetts and came here on a road trip.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, August 24, 2015
Some of his favorite writers are the Beats. He likes Kerouac, and Brautigan, especially Trout Fishing in America.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, August 17, 2015
She is reading Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers, by Nick Offerman, the actor from Parks and Recreation. She found the book in a free library box in the Castro and is almost done with it.
Her favorite book is A Man Without A Country: A Memoir of Life in George W. Bush's America, by Kurt Vonnegut. She had already read many of his books when she'd read it and she really liked how personal and conversational it was. She said that it made her feel justified in being a cynical optimist and that it's the last book he wrote before he died.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, August 10, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, August 03, 2015
It's a woman and a child. I really liked that they were sitting in the middle of a playing field. I hadn't intended on sharing it on my blog, but I really enjoy the photo and hope that you do, too.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, July 27, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, July 20, 2015
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, July 13, 2015