Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rosa nutkana: What's different visually about Middletown upon initially driving into the library after the major fire last September 12 & 13, 2015 that burnt down Harbin and a major part of this town seems very little

E,

Nice to talk yesterday. How are you?
Greetings from the Middletown library, where I'm hoping to meet Heartsong around now, and talk with him further about the fire and Harbin - and possibly about the blurb I think he's writing for the back of my Harbin book ... http://www.scottmacleod.com/ActualVirtualHarbinBook.html
What's different visually about Middletown upon initially driving into the library after the major fire last September 12 & 13 that burnt down Harbin and a major part of this town seems very little. Only when I walked up to the library itself did I see ridges in the distance in the direction of Harbin which were burnt. I thought I would see more effects of the fire from the beginning.
The vineyards in Napa are golden especially near the north end. There's a solid California bridge over a culvert nearing completion too on the Middletown side of the long hill down from Mt St. Helena, where RL Stevenson spent some months around 1879 with Fanny Osborne around their honeymoon. 
Heartsong said we could meet at 3, but this is Lake County time ... and so I'm hoping he'll arrive eventually. 

Fondly,

Scott

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Hi D, R, C, and J,

Some ideas I want to explore further perhaps in the concluding chapters ...
wu wei (non action in a Taoist sense ... "in order to" ... as you suggested logically at Meeting a few weeks ago, David)

serendipity

culture of real virtuality (Castells) re the virtual

How would actual simulacras (physical replicas) be possibly comparable here re my book e.g. Lascaux, Lascaux simulacra and Lascaux online? What kinds of studies might emerge in a three way comparison by say graduate students? (Thanks, Larry MIchalak - another UC Berkeley professor affiliated with Tourism Studies)

Just added a quote from Nelson Graburn in 1977 to the beginning of the book, and he will write a blurb for the back of the book ...
Also, I just inquired of a young French scholar who was at the Tourism Studies Working Group organizational meeting on Friday at UC Berkeley, if he (with Juliet Flower MacCannell, a UC Professor Emerita, and wife of Dean MacCannell who wrote "The Tourist," a seminal tourism studies' book in 1976) if St├ęphane would translate my Harbin manuscript in French using Google Translate in part. Juliet just said no, but St├ęphane is the native French speaker.
Making progress here. Sprinkling some photos through later chapters (3/chapter) is still something I'd like to do (and then organizing the Figures in the beginning of the book), then tying together the page by page references with the now somewhat complete "Works Cited" and after pagination has begun to settle down further, finishing up the index, particularly in chapers 6-9 are ahead.

Friendly regards, Scott





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