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Fifth Anniversary Issue

Good Neighbor Sam : SAM SHEPARD in Mill Valley

Former Mill Valley resident, Sam Shepard. A final book by late award-winning playwright, actor, and author, who passed in July at age 73, will be published by Knopf December 5.

Entitled Spy of the First Person, the work of fiction was completed shortly before Shepard’s death and tells the story of an unnamed narrator who retraces his life as he undergoes treatment for a medical condition that renders him dependent on his loved ones. Shepard had ALS, so that is our bet.

Some of Sam Shepard's most notable works premiered at San Francisco's Magic Theatre where he was playwright-in-residence: Buried Child, True West, Fool for Love.

Note that our editor, Perry King, was Magic Theatre's Associate P.R. Director during the revival of these ground-breaking Shepard plays.

Our love and prayers go out to the many, many people affected by the Northern California Wine Country fires.

Don Anawalt stories and verse. This issue's featured writer.

Gary Topper's texture photographs fill this issue. See Review.

Gary Topper's Point Lobos landscapes in Gallery.

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A slice of heaven: Writers become actors, actors become writers.

Sam Shepard was the best of both. He published a large number of short story collections, although his later career was better known for his character acting. His first role was in Days of Heaven, but perhaps his most memorable was as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, earning him an Oscar nomination.

MILL VALLEY - Home to The Mill Valley Film Festival, Mt. Tam, Muir Woods, redwood trees, Dipsea foot Race, waterfalls, rock stars, artists, & WRITERS, WRITERS, WRITERS.

Mill Valley's literary pedigree is impressive, more so for a town of barely 14,000: Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Peter Coyote, David Harris, Martin Cruz Smith, Tom Barbash, Louis B. Jones, Jack Finney, Don Carpenter, Gina Berriault, Kay Boyle, Wright Morris, Michael Murphy, Joyce Maynard (J.D. Salinger's companion), Cyra McFadden, poets Jane Hirschfield, Maxine Chernoff, Yoko Ono and lyricists including John Lennon and Tupac Shakur. The late Tom Clancy often wrote in Mill Valley. Recently departed Playwright Sam Shepard lived at what was Flying Y Ranch (replete with horses) in the late seventies. See our Shepard tribute on left sidebar.

Authors who call(ed) Marin County home include Isabel Allende, Amy Tan & Anne Lamott. George Lucas, Jack London, Jan Kerouac (Kerouac's daughter, also a writer), Ram Dass, Stirling Silliphant, Shel Silverstein, Sterling Hayden, Susan Trott, Catherine Coulter, Leonard Gardner, Van Morrison (aural poet), Philip K. Dick, Barnaby Conrad, Joe Eszterhas, Richard Brautigan, Ambrose Bierce (see Literary Latte for profile), Poet Aram Saroyan (son of William Saroyan) and Jim Carrol in Bolinas, Dave Eggers, Danielle Steel, Allen Drury, T.C. Boyle, Gerald Nicosia, James Dallesandro. Julia Child lived in Ross while attending Branson School.

The connections: Ernest Hemingway's son -Jack, and grand-daughters Mariel and Margaux lived in Mill Valley's* Boyle Park area in the 60s. Papa's nephew still lives in Tiburon (editor, writer). John Steinbeck's connection: Ed Ricketts - marine biologist\writer\muse\character - "Doc" in Cannery Row, subject of "The Log from the Sea of Cortez" -Rickett's son lives quietly in Mill Valley. Senior Ricketts was also an inspiration to Joseph Campbell. A rare student of S.F. born Robert Frost's Dartmouth College lectures lives in Tiburon. An entire hilly Mill Valley neighborhood (nicknamed Poet Hill) streets are named after poets. Near San Anselmo, the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood and streets are named after a former resident's good friend, Washington Irving. As far as we know, Washington never slept here.


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