Squaw Valley

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Catching Up, Catching On, and Catching-22: Report from 2013 Community of Writers

    The predictable if happy consequence of spending time with fellow book peeps is that discussion, however beautifully untethered from wage slavery, free as scrub jays, elevated (here at 6,500 feet in the High Sierra) is that it is so darn bookish. As a result, I will return to OC this week with recom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2013

    Having Mrs. Nixon to Kick Around: Ann Beattie's Ecstatic Imaginings

    Hard to know about serendipity, but when it arrives everything makes sense and Mr. Bib is elevated, engaged, eager as a kid in a candy store, probably a diabetic kid or, more accurately, a still-young reader in a public library or bookstore. I'm a "Nixon man," un-coincidentally the title of a novel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2013

    Film Week with Mr. Bib: Going to the Movies with George W. Bush

    Taping my show with the terrific film reviewer Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor and KPCC's "Film Week" - and author of a new collection helpfully titled Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Time - I was happily affirmed in my sense that good wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2013

    The Presentation of Self, Selfishness and Selflessness in Everyday Life: Louis B. Jones

    The woman pictured at right is an imperfect, and so perfectly, well, perfect (!) cartoon version of the rival real estate agent vying for the existential attention, weird affection (sort of) and, of course, clients of the unlikely anti-hero you will meet if you are smart enough, brave enough, eager ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2012

    Staff Picks: Favorite Nonfiction from the Imaginary Bookstore of Mr. Bib!

    Okay, no staff here, just me and the fambly back in the East Bay for an overnight visit, taking in the San Francisco Mime Troupe in Oakland, eating Cheeseboard Collective pizza out on the median strip on Shattuck Avenue, maybe having breakfast with poet-friend and political mentor Al Young at Saul's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2012

    Literary Olympiad: Lists, Language, and Avoiding the Barbarous

    Lists are fun. I read a couple great ones this week, including The Progressive magazine's nine worst lobbyists. I've assembled some great ones this past week at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, where I've taken notes and share them with you here. The conference's unsavory and racist name, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2012

    UC Irvine MFA Writers: Your Clip-and-Save Review

    The end of the academic year approaches, which finids Mr. Bib looking forward to the arrival of annual literary journals sponsored by local colleges and universities. Alas, The Ear, Irvine Valley College's magazine is long gone as, it appears, is Orange Coast Review, out of OCC. Still UC Riverside p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Starbucks Opens Its First 'Ski-Thru' in California

    ​Skiers know the dilemma. During a long, cold day on the slopes, you yearn for a steaming beverage to warm you up, but getting those clunky things off your feet, and then finding a safe place to store them, is so much of a hassle that you'd rather just eat snow.   Enter the world's first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Snow Summit in Big Bear Reopens

    ​What the warm tropical storm taketh, the cold winter storm giveth.Snow Summit in Big Bear, which had to close Monday because warm rains washed away the snow that had been sticking to the slopes, reopens today thanks to the severe storm that wreaked havoc on Orange County Wednesday.

  • Culture

    June 12, 2008