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Author event: "Beyond the Outer Shores - the Untold Odyssey of Ed Ricketts, the
Date Tuesday July 06
Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location Details
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera
tel: (415) 927-0960
http://www.bookpassage.com
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorEric Enno Tamm
EVENT - BEYOND THE OUTER SHORES

In the 1930s, while the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression sent most of America into the doldrums, a lively intellectual and artistic community formed in the West, revolving around three legendary friends: Ed Ricketts, John Steinbeck, and Joseph Campbell. Steinbeck immortalized Monterey's bohemian spirit in Cannery Row, a novel that was inspired by his mentor and best friend, Ed Ricketts. Today, he's usually remembered as "Doc"-the beer-drinking philosopher-scientist who presides over Monterey's population of "whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches" in Cannery Row.  Untold is the fact that Ricketts was actually a trailblazing ecologist whose two books, Between Pacific Tides and Sea of Cortez (coauthored with Steinbeck) are still considered classics. And hardly a soul has any idea about Ricketts' enormous influence on Joseph Campbell, the twentieth century's great mythologist. Author Eric Enno Tamm will talk about this lone, largely marginalized scientist-an outcast to academia with no university degrees, memberships or honors. Some sixty years after his untimely death, Ed Ricketts' ecological approach and ethic are more relevant than ever to a generation now waking to full environmental consciousness. Although this odyssey ends in unspeakable tragedy, the lessons learned as you travel alongside Ed Ricketts are life affirming nonetheless.
Added to the calendar on Thursday Jun 3rd, 2004 10:31 PM
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