GIMME SHELTER Newsletter
Late Summer, 2012
Garden (outside our office) earlier this summer
Tiny Homes Roadshow I spent about 3 months on the road doing book signing/slide shows for the new book. About 15 appearances. City Lights and Gravel & Gold, both in SF; Builders Booksource in Berkeley; events in Mendocino, Arcata; Vancouver, Victoria, Hornby & Denman Islands in BC; then to Puyallup, Washington for the Mother Earth News Fair. A week at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota; the Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif.; Spoonbill & Sugartown Bookstore in Brooklyn....
We haven't had a book generate excitement like this
since we published Shelter in 1973 - the reaction when people
pick up the book. We're into our 3rd printing, with over 25,000 sold
since the first of the year.
Tiny Homes Mini-books (we've given out about
6000 of the 7000 printed) are a total hit. 90% of the people I hand
the mini to don't just smile, they laugh out loud.
One of the best things is the reaction from children. This pic is
at the Maker Faire, where I handed them out to every kid I saw. A
month ago I watched a 3-year old girl with blonde curly hair stand on
the sidewalk by Trouble Coffee in San Francisco, looking (carefully)
at every page of the mini-book. Last week I gave a copy (of full-size
book) to a bunch of 10-11 year olds down at the town dock, and they
all clustered around it, pointing and talking excitedly. We must be
doing something right.
Reviews of Tiny Homes
There have been a ton of reviews and a bunch of videos on the
book. See: http://shltr.net/tinyreviews. The latest is a 6-page
photo-packed article in The Mother Earth News (circulation
Tiny Homes eBook for iPads (+ iPhones & iPods)
there and is a better photo book than anything I've seen on the iPad,
thanks to our Mac wizard, Rick Gordon. No kidding. There's nothing
like the physical hold-in-your-hands book, but as far as eBooks go,
this one (with 1,300 color photos and fixed layout) is outstanding.
Last week it was #48 in the iTunes "Top Paid Books"
category. Click here
to check it out and get a free sample. Or, media
people can contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org
) for a
free review copy; we'll give you the link to download.
Our Suite of Building Books We've been back to publishing
buildings books for 8 years now -since 2004 (Home Work). These
5 form a body of work; there's a thread running through them, with the
earlier ones inspiring further homebuilding, which appears in later
Shelter II (1978)
Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter (2004)
Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008)
Tiny Homes (2012)
These and other building books on our website at
Scented sweetpeas and the rare perfect crema espresso the
Our Next Book will be Water & Wheels: Tiny Homes on
the Move. I'm doing layout right now, and material is pouring in.
We have a growing network of people interested in building and
providing their own shelter these days, and right now they are sending
us info on trailers, campers, housebuses, sailboats, and houseboats.
Nomadic life in the 21st century.
Foreign Translations of Our Building Books
Shelter: In the '70s into French, Spanish and German. All
now out of print; more recently, into Japanese, Korean, and now
Home Work: French, Korean, Japanese
Builders of the Pacific Coast: Korean
(Stretching is in 23 languages.)
I've had interviews and photos appear in several Japanese
magazines lately (below), all on the subject of our building books.
Wish I could read what they're saying about me.
Blogging is perfect for me. I get to communicate what I
see as I move around the world. I get great feedback, much of it
useful, educational, or inspiring. I've worked out a routine for
travelling with my 2 cameras and 11" MacBook Air and getting
photos and text out pretty quickly. I get at least one post out every
day. I don't do Facebook, nor Twitter very often. There's only so much
The Condition My Condition is In I've quit competitive
running after some 25 years. Knees. Too much hard downhill running. I
decided to quit while I still have some cushioning left in knee
joints, so I can walk another 25 years. I've been going on a few
solitary runs with a pair of "barefoot running shoes"
occasionally, hiking, going to a gym to build back up some upper body
strength (shoulder injuries), and doing yoga twice a week. Now that
I'm back from traveling I can accentuate the physical.
Innermost Limits of Pure Fun*
A few weeks ago, my college buddy and roommate, film producer Richard
** died unexpectedly. I wrote something about him on my blog
and a few days later, his son Dean and wife Lili contacted me to ask
if I'd say something about him at his funeral. After some reluctance,
I agreed, drove my truck down to LA, and on a sunny blue-sky morning
arrived at the Beverly Hills Episcopalian church and learned that
there would be about 500 people there. Jeez. Not only that, but there
were a total of 5 speakers and they were, in this order:
Holy shit! I started to hyperventilate. Like a
singer going to his gig and upon arrival learning that Otis Redding is
the opening act.
Well, in a nutshell, it was great: the family told
me to tell the real stories, and I let it rip. True tales of 2
punk pranksters at Stanford in the '50s pedal-to-medal in pursuit of
pure fun. Trips to Baja and Mexico, surfing, chasing girls,
all-night drives to LA and Palm Springs, our exploding car at Malibu
Colony, fights, practical jokes of fiendish intensity, the pure F-U-N
of it all. Once I started with the stories, they were with me.
Channeling fer shure. I swear about 100 people came up to me
afterwards, saying they loved hearing this side of him. He was a
much-loved guy. A sweet spot in time.
*Title of George Greenough in-the-curl surf
** Producer of Jaws, Butch Cassidy and The
Sundance Kid, The Sting, Driving Miss Daisy, Road to
Summer Garden 2012 (Early August)
Some (Eclectic) Music Links
I'm like a one-eyed cat,
Sleeping in a seafood store...
-Big Joe Turner
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