I have been wanting to tell you
about your last letter: it was
splendid, fine, full of all kinds
and bits and pieces of
information about you and your
present whereabouts and your
quest and your search...... Yes,
it was most welcome news, all of
But now we are on the threshold
of winter, are we not? When days
get longer, and longer, and
better and better, and grayer
and.... Well, I like this season
very much. Except in the early
early morning when I have to go
out to run in ElDorado Park, and
it is cold-cold, and damp-damp.
Even the birds fly with one eye
closed against the falling fog.
But enough of all this
complaining. I love it. At least
I do once I get warmed up enough
I wonder if you are working at
the Broadway now during its
annual calamity [holiday] sale?
You sound to me to have a very
active life without being at the
Broadway too, but then could they
survive the season without you?
You might ask them that sometime.
Now that you have gone from here
[CSULB], I can't find anyone from
your class around anymore. David
Alvin is probably the most famous
one of you right now. He is the
composer and performer of the
Blasters. He and his brother
[Phil]--well, they are famous.
They are also very, very talented
and interesting musicians.
But then so are you in your own
way, aren't you? You are a
sensitive poet, a fine
photographer. I especially enjoy
visual puns, like that DERAIL:
ORANGES one [of the Sunkist
packinghouse]. And the store
front [from Little Tokyo in Los
Angeles]. And the garden. Yes,
they are nice photographs.
So what else is new? Nothing
really. I enjoy hearing from you,
knowing that things are well.
Actually you sound happier now
that you have left this campus.
That is nice to hear. Well, it
may be a bit of a blow to one's
academic ego, but one should[n't]
have an academic ego to begin
with, should he? You are better
off there in Orange and in
My eye falls on what you wrote in
your letter: In emptiness there
is good and no evil. And that is
true, that is right. It may in
fact be all of God that I know
anything about, and it is enough,
more than enough, because it is
everything. So aren't you the
beautiful one to have quoted it
to me on this gray, damp Saturday
afternoon? Yes. Yes, you are.
Oh, sorry about them [California]
Angels [baseball team]. Sorry.
Next time? Sure. Why not?
And I copied out something from
the Tao-te-Ching for you.