Sponsored in part by the Shanbrom Family Foundation
From Big Sur to Ojai, great writers and seers such as Aldous Huxley, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac and Robinson Jeffers have all called the central coast their home. Their works and ideas created “the counter-culture” and set into motion a literature of liberation and personal growth that has swept the world. This course is designed for those inspired by these writers and want to reconnect to their energy and idealism -- and for those just discovering the “Best Coast” writers on their own who would like a bit more formal introduction. This is not a course, however, about our glorious literary past but about what is still here and emerging from it.
Through lectures, discussions, and the reading of excerpts, we will examine the best that has been thought and said by the West Coast artists of personal growth and liberation. The goal is to throw light upon the relevance of their work to our own lives and to the originality inherent in our own contemporary experiences. In a world, increasingly divided “into tiny colonies of the saved,” the visionary literature of the Central Coast can serve as a healthy antidote to the dispiriting stereotypes of our age—while deepening our ties to the land, our community, and one another.
This course meets on Tuesday, March 27, April 3rd, and April 10th from 6:10-8:00pm.
NOTE: Final meeting on April 10th from 6:10-8:00pm will include participants from all 3 classes to discuss future courses. (Steinbeck, Jeffers, Krishnamurti , The Literature of Big Sur, etc.). You are welcome to enroll in more than one class. A box will pop up when registering to notify of the overlapping 4/10 date; just click "Ok".