Dawn Patrol Into Berkeley Today/Greatness of NYTimes

Sirius Outlaw Country music as I drove south along the cliffs of the coast a few hours ago.

Cant get offa this LA freeway

Without gettin killed or caught…

-Jerry Jeff Walker

I’m just an old lump of coal,

But I’m gonna be a diamond some day.

-Billy Joe Shaver, what a great songwriter + singer

Then an old raspy cowboy voice comes on: “Any one a you lily-livered varmints want to slap leather with me?”


I get stimulated being in a city. So many people. So many buildings. I guess I spend 90% or more of my time in the country, or semi-country, so the cities are a rush. I just got through reading the (physical) NY Times and, boy is it better than the digital version! (which I scan daily). Has anyone pointed out that this is absolutely the golden age of the NY Times? The writing is SO good. The graphics of today’s “Science Times” section were gorgeous. Good colors, good layout, good art. A few notes on today’s (9/14/10) issue:

-article on Voodoo:”…if you respect nature, nature will protect you…”

-Jerry Brown in a reference to Clinton: “I did not have taxes with the state.” He’s so bright and funny, and Meg Whitman is so awful.

-Bob Herbert:”The middle class is on its knees…” “The economy has failed working Americans…” “1/10th of 1% of Americans (13,000 households) make 11% of the income…”

-Michiko Kakutani opens her book review with a killer 1st paragraph. Plus “…ever-circling capitalists…” “…to try to explicate the roots of populist rage that animate many Tea Party gatherings.”

-Andrew Ross Sorkin having lunch with Oliver Stone on his new Wall Street Movie and Stone refers to Citigroup as “…the mother of all evil.”

A bunch of really good articles. Read the NY Times before Murdoch gets it. https://www.nytimes.com/

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Dawn Patrol Into Berkeley Today/Greatness of NYTimes

  1. Where it says that 1/10th of Americans make 11% of the income, is that a typo? Because it seems to me that 10% of Americans making 11% of the income isn't that much of a shocker.

    Great blog by the way. I'm currently in the dreaming/planning process of creating my own small local-materials home in Southeastern Manitoba, Canada; and your blog and books have been a great inspiration to me.

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