” . . . for the most fleeting overview of neurogeography reveals that for four or five thousand years, there has been a pattern of migratory movement of consciousness from east to west. The smartest people, the strongest, bravest, most adventurous, creative, open-minded, and advanced have pressed ever westward: starting from India and China, moving to Alexandria, Constantinople, and the Middle East; on to Athens, Rome, Paris, London; crossing the Atlantic, the New England of Thoreau and the Transcendentalists, New York of course; then Chicago, which earlier in this century was a hot box of intellectual and artistic ferment; and, now, the West Coast, where LA, San Francisco, and Seattle represent the end of terrestrial migration. ”
–Tom Robbins, from “Here in Geoduck Junction” . . . via the Seattle Weekly, which has a new article on “the Northwest’s master of Zen-punk prose” here. You can also get an excerpt from “Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates”–his newest–here.