I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Patricia Anderson’s books include All of Us: Americans Talk about the Meaning of Death (Dell). Her essay is this issue is about her experiences as a founding member of ZBS/AIR, a national artist-in-residence program providing media production for artists from 1974 to 1983. She lives in West Shokan, New York.
At first it was just another dream that floated out of the sixties, a time of many dreams. There were dreams of peace, of social justice, of people working together and living together and sleeping together and getting high together and making music together. Our particular dream was to move to the country and produce radio.