Everything With You

Had a lovely finale to my birth month adventures at The Pains of Being Pure at Heart show in San Francisco this weekend. I've been a fan of their recordings for a while, but this was my first time seeing them perform live, and I was totally swoon by the good energy of their live performance and the band members.

For someone like me with nostalgia for the C86 era, Kip Berman's stage presence, energy, and obvious love for the era's music puts him up there in my list with icons like Jim Reid (esp Honey's Dead era), Robert Smith, and Joey Ramone... but with a sweeter energy like The Pastels' or a Bandwagonesque Teenage Fanclub.

Many bands mention Creation and Sarah Records as inspiration, but few live up to the reference as much as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who have knitted together a dreamy style of their own out of some of my favorite recycled sounds.   


Michael Pollan's Series of Lectures at UC Berkeley

Michael Pollan's lecture: "Eating Oil, Eating Sunshine"
Super psyched to be taking a series of lectures with Michael Pollan – the journalism professor and writer of "Food Rules," "Second Nature," "A Place of My Own," "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals," "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto," "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World," and "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation," which will be published in April by Penguin Press — this semester at UCB on "Edible Education: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement," and "How to Tell Stories About Food and Agriculture." Last May I spent a month learning Cooking and Culinary Traditions at a local CSK with ambitions of getting more serious that I already am in sustainable food activism with my writing, so this is my next step.

I hope to get a lot of inspiration and direction on how to educate more people on the atrocities of our current industrial food ways and how to get from where we are to more sustainable healthy ways. Very exciting...


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