Thursday, April 19, 2018

painting stars



Read two inspiring books recently:
The Mad Monk: Paintings of Unlimited Action
with the artwork of Jung Kwang
& Conversations with Classic Film Stars
by Bawden and Miller.




Saturday, April 14, 2018

movie time


Today was a big movie day. 
Started out with The Lake of Dracula (1971).
With that great title, I was really hoping that
there would be a castle below the murky waters 
but there was very little lake. There were some good
moments though. One thing you don't want to do is
call Dracula a fake. He gets upset. Then saw some
hundred year old Chaplin movies at the Mt. Baker
Theatre. 



Thursday, April 12, 2018

tashlin



I didn't know that film director Frank Tashlin
(who made a lot of movies I like) also made
books. But now I've read 2 of them:
The Bear That Wasn't and The World That Isn't.
Let me tell you, they are doozies...
I'm still thinking about these books. They would
be good required reading around here.






Friday, March 23, 2018

homeless



“Sutra literally means ‘thread'…There are almost 200 sutras,
traditionally divided into four sections. The first is the Portion
on Contemplation…The second is the Portion on Practice…
The third section is called the Portion on Accomplishments…
The Final section is called the Portion on Absoluteness and
discusses from a more cosmic, philosophical viewpoint.”


--from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali


Just started reading this interesting book and I am surprised that
somehow I instinctively set up Homeless Sutra to follow this
formula in 4 sections like this.


I hope you soon have a chance to read Homeless Sutra.
The printer and Amazon are still making it very difficult for me
to make the book available, but stay tune!









Tuesday, March 20, 2018

appreciating go with the flow

I wanted to share some comments I greatly appreciate regarding Clyde Sanborn’s book, GO WITH THE FLOW. My thanks to all who are enjoying this tribute.

“What an amazing book! I could not keep away from it in the post office parking lot; at the VA lot awaiting an appointment and here at the river next to the lamps going thru pages laughing, scratching my head in wonder, crying especially at the end. Bex's poems were wondrous. As was it all! Thank you thank you! I thought all those years were just Normal....I am re reading it just can't keep away from it…I love the book so much. I wonder what other readers that didn't know Clyde think of it. I think even they will find it interesting.”
—Michael Clough

“It's a great print and well woven together. It brought his presence back in a big way.”
—Dennis ‘Bex’ Bexell

“What would Clyde have thought in his procrustean Zen?”
—Paul Hansen

“I just received my order – it looks fantastic!”
—Erik Ambjor

“I just had some time to sit down with it and enjoyed it immensely. I'm learning a lot about Clyde's early life.”
—Janet Saunders

“Having known Clyde Sanborn in his heyday as La Conner, Washington's beloved Zen rummy I recommend another of Allen Frost's Good Deed Rain books "In the Valley of Mystic Light: An Oral History" by Claire Swedberg and Rita Hupy which is about the rural community of farmers, fishermen and artists 75 miles North of Seattle that Clyde lived among and socialized with for a decade in the afterglow of the 1960's when being a nature poet and/or a mystic painter (sometimes both) was still something of a Northwest tradition and a viable, though hardscrabble, lifestyle. Clyde Sanborn could be as dry as Shelly Berman and wet as Crazy Guggenheim (Frankie Fontaine) all at once. He was a good boon companion and this a fine tribute to the fond memories so many of us who knew him have.”
—Charlie Krafft




"It's just wonderful! I am greatly enjoying the various stories and recollections. It really brought back the feeling of those times as I read. Really, it's a gem of a compilation, you've done a stellar job. Thank you so much."
—Jan Sanborn

“This is a gem of a book, both a tribute to Clyde Sanborn and poetry, but also an appreciation of an American lifestyle that embraces freedom and nature. The graphics and the poetry form a dance that you won't want to miss. Good work for Good Deed Rain publishing and its editor Allen Frost. The book is a journey and a delight.”
—Larry Smith

Kingdom Across the Undersea Night




For the new book I'm writing, I've been
watching the old Republic serial from 1936
called UNDERSEA KINGDOM. This weekend
I watched Raul Ruiz's 2012 film NIGHT ACROSS
THE STREET and they go to a movie theater and
watch Undersea Kingdom! When these things
happen, you know you're on the right track.








Monday, March 19, 2018

new inspiration



I've been writing a new book. Here's a little
inspiration I've discovered lately, been reading
Raul Ruiz's POETICS OF CINEMA and
James Horwitz THEY WENT THATAWAY: