"Not finding one’s way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance — nothing more. But to lose oneself in a city — as one loses oneself in a forest — that calls for quite a different schooling."
"There are those who receive as birthright an adequate or at least unquestioned sense of self and those who set out to reinvent themselves, for survival or for satisfaction, and travel far. Some people inherit values and practices as a house they inhabit; some of us have to burn down that house, find our own ground, build from scratch."
— Rebecca Solnit
Riotfest 2013 was quite the riot! I didn’t attend Friday night, but I volunteered under sunny skies on Saturday. I handed out wristbands all day then overheard a great set by Devotchka and joined the throng of 90s babes for Blink 182. Sunday was quite a mess as hours of rain turned Humboldt Park into a mudpit, but Best Coast brought plenty of California sun to the afternoon and Twin Peaks put on a great set for the rebellious youths. But it was the Pixies who stole the show and my heart as I sang, danced and cried with the masses when the band came on just after dark. Even though I was almost trampled twice, at the end of their hour-long set I just wanted them to keep playing. Then, of course, the night ended with The Replacements, who put on a fantastic show and lived up to all the hype surrounding their reunion. If you’re into a bit of punk, rock or metal, I highly suggest Riotfest 2014!
"All those summer drives, no matter where I was going … I was suspended in the beautiful solitude of the open road, in a kind of introspection that only outdoor space generates, for inside and outside are more intertwined than the usual distinctions allow."