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Launch of my tour of California at HASTAC II

I'm happy to have landed in California in time for the launch of HASTAC II.  You can see Cathy Davidson's most recent blog entry for the full agenda and join us in this space for the experiences of various attendees (yes, I promise it won't be only me).  I have wonderful notes on Howard Rheingold's opening keynote, entitled "Literacies, Collective Action, Participatory Media," and will share them later.

Right now, though, I want to take a different approach: today is the start of my weeklong tour of California. To ready myself for the experience, to clear my mind (and, by extension, my blog) of the detritus of California popular culture and unflattering impressions that I feel unable to escape, the car chases on KTLA, the single bike rack lost in the parking lots of Dodger Stadium, the recalled governors, and so on, I offer this:

 What peaches and what penumbras! Whole families
shopping at night! Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the
avocados, babies in the tomatoes!--and you, Garcia Lorca, what
were you doing down by the watermelons?
~Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California 



Here's to hoping the the peaches and penumbras are not cell phones and laptops.



Or maybe I could write the sequel: A Parking Garage in California.


At HASTAC without a laptop (by design: