Lawrence Osborne does Raymond Chandler quite well, thank you

Lawrence Osborne has written an official – and good – sequel to Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe novel, ‘Only to Sleep.’ The British novelist lives off the beaten track in Thailand, where journalist Ross Davies joined him for sake.

Source: Lawrence Osborne does Raymond Chandler quite well, thank you

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Monterey Pop 50 Years Later: Phil Lesh, Jack Johnson and More – Rolling Stone

Booker T. Jones, Phil Lesh, Norah Jones and others look ahead to the new Monterey Pop, and reflect on whether the original message can still resonate. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Booker T. Jones, Phil Lesh, Norah Jones and others look ahead to the new Monterey Pop, and reflect on whether the original message can still resonate. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

 "The timing of it was exactly right to catch the spirit of a new generation," Eric Burdon says of the original Monterey Pop. Marianna Burdon

“The timing of it was exactly right to catch the spirit of a new generation,” Eric Burdon says of the original Monterey Pop. Marianna Burdon

Booker T. Jones, Phil Lesh, Norah Jones and others look ahead to the new Monterey Pop, and reflect on whether the original message can still resonate.

Source: Monterey Pop 50 Years Later: Phil Lesh, Jack Johnson and More – Rolling Stone

Kevin Starr, author of California histories and former state librarian, dies at 76 – LA Times

Great historian and writer, enjoyed his books, he brought to life and to the pages the stories that made California’s history…



“Filling this gap would become his life’s work, making him the state’s foremost historian and one of its most revered public intellectuals. For half a century, he chronicled the greed, cruelty, enlightenment, innovation, vanity and sacrifice that took California from a place of Native American hamlets through Spanish colonization, entry into the United States and growth into a diverse powerhouse of technology, culture and trade.”

Source: Kevin Starr, author of California histories and former state librarian, dies at 76 – LA Times

Unplugged Along the California Coast – NYTimes.com

It was a vacation I had been dreaming about for years: the classic California road trip up the historic State Route 1 with my husband and our 5-year-old daughter, Frankie, and 3-year-old son, Finn. It was a trip that was meant to show them the sheer magnitude of Big Sur, the jagged artistry of the coastline, the endless blue of the Pacific, the raw, wild beauty of God’s country. It was a trip that they would remember for the rest of their lives!

via Unplugged Along the California Coast – NYTimes.com.

Hollywood Gets Its Groove Back – NYTimes.com

Hollywood’s grande dame hotels, the Sunset Tower and the Chateau Marmont, stand like stone sentries on Sunset Boulevard, less than two miles from the decidedly less stylish stretch of Hollywood Boulevard that hustles from morning to night with camera-toting tourists and Spiderman and Batman impersonators. The Tower and the Chateau are as romantic, seductive and happening as ever, at once guardians of an imperiled history but very much of the moment, with deal-making lunches and opening parties drawing clumps of paparazzi outside the driveway of Chateau Marmont, and limousines backed up along Sunset Boulevard in front of the Sunset Tower.

via Hollywood Gets Its Groove Back – NYTimes.com.

Chateau Marmont Hotel in West Hollywood, CA

Chateau Marmont Hotel in West Hollywood, CA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Message of Farewell | UpNext: The IMLS Blog

When I was tapped to lead IMLS and arrived in Washington, D.C. from the west coast, I didn’t know what to expect. I had experience running large public library systems from Seattle to San Francisco and had led the California State Library system. But, I knew advancing the work of libraries and museums in the charged Washington political landscape could be a different beast entirely. What I found was a city filled with smart people with a passion for their work and a staff dedicated to the agency’s mission of inspiring museums and libraries. With the support of the Administration, Congress, and many effective national associations, I feel I was able to accomplish a great deal during my four-year tenure. IMLS is now in a better position than ever to support our nation’s libraries and museums.

via A Message of Farewell | UpNext: The IMLS Blog.

California State Library logo

California State Library logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Susan will be missed in IMLS and Washington.. she gets things done, a very active traveler, and provides solid leadership. We welcome her back to California, however, so welcome back, Sue!