Nov. 14, 2012
-- Ruth Nolan :
Author of the amazing new book " No Place For A Purtian " The first literary anthology of California's fabled deserts feared and romanticized throughout the ages, the desert has a hold on our imagination that is never more evident than in the literature it has inspired. From Mary Austin's meditations in The Land of Little Rain
to Joan Didion's acerbic cast of characters in Play It As It Lays
, the desert's seemingly barren landscapes have provided rich ground for writers to explore.These explorations have been collected for the first time in No Place For A Purtian . In this anthology are stories that thrill, frighten, sadden, and inspire: a man foolishly and arrogantly collecting live rattlesnakes;
a lone woman striving to make a home in a remote desert canyon; a drug-addled journalist's drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas; a Japanese American family coping with incarceration during World War II; and one man's developing friendship with General Patton in a military training camp. There are tales of spiritual and scientific discoveries and of the cities blossoming in the farthest corners of the California desert. Sergio Magana :
Comes in our studio to tell us about his new book " The Dawn of The Sixth Sun" According to the Toltec/Aztec calendar, which describes larger cycles of time or “Suns” than the Mayan calendar, humanity has been in a transition that started in 1991, moving from the 5th to the 6th Sun. During this shift from one Sun to the other—from one cosmic configuration to another—the influence of both Suns is equally present, as is the case when the seasons change. The 5th Sun will maintain its prevalence until December 21st, 2012, when the two energies shall be in perfect balance. The old Sun will gradually lose its strength, and from 2021 its successor shall reign .