Larry’s Corner

Larry’s Corner

Heading for Home

Sometimes even the simplest things seem impossible to imagine. What would it feel like to play baseball again? The question lingered for weeks after the phone call that invited me to a reunion of my Minnesota high school’s back-to-back state champion baseball teams. It was a rhetorical question, really, because I knew how it would feel. It would feel terrific.

Added on April 03, 2006

Small Travels in the Neighborhood

The books I’ve edited with Travelers’ Tales are full of big stories and small anecdotes, and one thing many writers tend to forget is how much you can discover, not just in your own backyard, but in your normal wanderings around the neighborhood. Just the other day I had an amusing encounter in a Peet’s coffee shop near the Travelers’ Tales office in Palo Alto.

Added on February 20, 2006

The Pull of the World, and Family

Riding the commuter train home to San Francisco from Palo Alto the other day I began thinking about the lure of the wide world, and how eager I was to set out from home when I got out of college many years ago. I wanted to discover foreign lands and meet new people, including myself, but looking back on those days from today’s train window I realized how conflicted I am, we all are,

Added on February 20, 2006

A Parcel from India

A friend of mine sent me an email a few days ago to say he’d received a parcel from India. “The package was a classic Indian affair with hand-sewn burlap and globs of melted wax for seals,” he wrote. “Cool.” I haven’t seen such a parcel in years and that simple message took me back decades in an instant.

Added on February 20, 2006

A Seat at the Table

Tuesday night I attended an event at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books in San Francisco, a conversation between Phil Cousineau and Huston Smith to celebrate their new book, A Seat at the Table: Huston Smith in Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom. In the book, Smith, the renowned historian of the world’s religions,

Added on November 30, 2005