In spite of all the shit going on the planet right now, it’s a beautiful California morning, a bunch of poppies are exuberantly blooming, oblivious of world misery, we have (two days ago) finished the year-long stressful job of putting together Rolling Homes: Shelter on Wheels, covering 75 nomadic homes and I feel wonderfully free and ready first for a celebratory 4×4 trip to Baja, then to come back and get to work on my semi-autobiography, Live from California.
(From about mid-April on, I’ll be blogging from the road — a lot more regular posting when I’m away from office tasks.)
Just now listening to this (and watching Billy’s expressions). Rare communication between musicians, it’s like they’ve blended their art and skills into one.
About 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:
Hi Lloyd, I am displeased to hear that putting together your latest book is stressful for you. I am also a creative masochist but hoped your process is better. C’est la vie. In more positive news, there’s a new bio of Stewart Brand. His journey is quite confounding for those of us who seem to endure the same same for years but dream of being fully engaged as a visionary in the way that SB seems to have been. A very interesting cat. Your journey, as well, seems to have some fairy dust on it. As it’s way too easy to cherry pick the SB and Ken Kesey types years later, could you tell me whom you regard as the persons with the most relevance of the last 50-70 years? I am feeling that I need to whack myself around to try to get my thinking 2 years ahead versus many years behind, so I’d appreciate your recommendations for learning. What would you be after if you were 54 years old again?