Above is a man who has written many books. His name is William T. Vollmann. He has written about Afghanistan, canoed the most polluted river in America, nearly froze to death at the North Pole, smuggled foreign prostitutes, asked several poor people "why are you poor?", crawled in bed with countless hookers, and god knows what else. His latest book, Riding Toward Everywhere, is about his experience hopping freight trains in America. But it's also a great poetic meditation on freedom. What is it? Why do some of us search for it? Where did it go? He'll be at the UW Bookstore this coming Monday, February 4, at 7 p.m.
The couple fronting this band, Fred and Toody Cole, built their own house, by hand, out of mostly recycled and found materials, on a plot of shaggy wooded land in Clackamas, Oregon. This was after they had already homesteaded in the Yukon. Fred's been in tons of bands, even hung out with Janis Joplin and Neil Young. But Fred said "fuck it" and married Toody in the late-60s, had three kids, and were DIY before the term even existed. The two of them have done everything their way and, like Vollmann, make us all feel like we haven't lived life to its fullest.
So, if you're feeling bogged down by the daily minutae of everyday life, you've got two big ass-kickers in town on the same night. They'll be enough to make you realize that you don't have to put up with most shit if you don't want to.