Kipen enjoys his time at Stanford, but feels a little deadline pressure...
I got back on El Camino Real after Keplerís and before I knew it I was in Palo Alto, approaching the Stanford campus. Luckily there was a very obliging student in the crosswalk who seemed only happy to humor a middle-aged student wannabe whoíd never been to the Stanford campus bookstore before. The revelation about Stanford is that it is much more of a walking campus than a driving campus, which means a lovely time for those wanting a pastoral educational experience, but for those motorists wanting to get to their reading tonight at Book Soup in West Hollywood on time, itís not so great.
But lovely campus that Stanford. Stanford is the alma mater of the poet and NEA Chairman, Dana Gioia, also known as my boss. I was thinking of him as I tried to find the Stanford Bookstore not only because I was driving along the byways of his alma mater but also because this morning on Michael Krasnyís show, Michael referred to me as the #2 man at the NEA, and while I was too busy trying to promote my book to correct him, I do feel I should clarify: Now and for the record let me say that I am the #2 Californian at the NEA but the #2 Man at the NEA is probably the Deputy Chairman. Below him there are many of my colleagues with whom I share a bench on the NEA pyramid, including the director of dance, the director of theater and the directors of just about every other art that has a muse to go with it.
Back to the Stanford bookstore ó it is lovely, and it looked to have a lovely cafť on the 2nd floor. Since I havenít eaten anything today, and I spilled my tea all over the console at Michael Krasnyís, the hunger pains were getting a bit oppressive at Stanford. But there wasnít any time for me to hike up to the 2nd floor to grab something. So memo to booksellers everywhere, donít put your cafes on the 2nd floor where people have to walk past all those silly books to get to it! Put it right as you walk in the door so hungry first-time authors on bookstore marathons can get something to eat before collapsing!
But before I left in search of the next store and food, I signed 15 copies of "The Schreiber Theory!" And I got the entire staff to log onto LA Observed.com!
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