Iâ€™m writing from Santa Barbara, one of my favorite places on earth. I went to college here and have come back now and then to see friends, and visit our colleagues at Sage. This week I’m here for a combined personal and professional project, a meeting Iâ€™ve helped arrange between the College of Creative Studies, which I attended, and Director Sarah Pritchard and her team at the UCSB Libraries. Sarah is on our advisory board and weâ€™re hoping in some way to highlight the accomplishments of the College of Creative Studies in a joint project to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2007.
On Saturday I went to the book signing–for The Cocaine Chronicles–of an old friend from CCS, novelist Jervey Tervalon, at BEA in New York, so it has been a week of renewed connections. I was struck by how short a time 20 years seems when I see certain people again . . . somehow, in spite what are often enormous differences in the paths we’ve taken, we recognize each other for the people we were, and are, without a moment’s hesitation. This brings to mind the question of individual identity–a topic with many technology and security implications, and also of fascinating social consequences. Indeed, you’ll be seeing a major Berkshire work on the topic before long!