The Lone Cypress Tree Grouping of Creative People keeps growing and branching out. I talked to Carol Williams today and we speak the same language, being there is a Orc Mob, attorneys who can’t be sued because they all know each other. The OM are like a tree fungus, and know who these Creative Souls are – the Host! We are talking about Arty Ambulance Chasers who carefully watch The In Crowd, those creative drop-outs who are having mental problems, trouble coping, they the least to seek legal aid as a whole. They can’t take it with them. And they are not quite sure they will be even more famous when they die, and thus the Golden Gallery Angels may not take good care of their legacy, keep it from falling into the hands of the Profane, and the Evil Eye of Modar. But, what if we formed a union? What if we had a Gandalf to guide us?
As a profound coincidence, Frank Henry Buck descends from Christian Brevoort Zabriskie, who Zabriskie Point was named after one of the most photographed places on Planet Earth. Uh-oh! Perhaps I should keep my mouth shut, lest the Pebble Beach Group, or that Japanese Gangster come buy the Point, and charge money for a shoot, and a percentage of the images sold.
Jessie Benton married Mel Lyman who lived in a huge commune up the street from where I lived with three artists. Jessie is an artist like her famous father, Thomas Hart Benton. My niece, Drew Benton, is an artist and helped her father, Garth Benton, with his murals. He was good friends with the Getty family who accumulated much of the world’s art.
It was my ex-wife, Mary Ann Tharaldsen, who encouraged Paul to try acting, she saying he looked like Stacey Keach. She had given Paul a tour of her artwork on the wall. My friend had stared at the infamous ‘Pig Man’ that Thomas Pynchon believed was a portrait of him, big teeth and all. I think he looks like Paul and Mick. Pynchon’s movie ‘Inherent Vice’ is a BUST! It is a Dirty Hairy Hippie flick. In another chapter I will make a case for Eastwood’s movies being Art Movies because he is a closeted Bohemian, a ‘Hippie Killer’ on the outside in denial of his roots. Also, I will make a case that America is divided into two camps, the Pynchonites, and the Clintonians. Together they sustain the Great and Lost American Exaggeration.
Wondering what became of our High School Chum, Michael Barry, I googled his name and found perhaps the worst movie ever made that Michael directed, and his famous father, Gene Barry, starred in. ‘The Second Coming of Suzanne’ was made in 1974, two years after I wrote the rough draft of ‘Golden Girls of the Corncob’ about a “Manson-like filmmaker Jared Martin” who hires a beautiful woman to play a female Christ! Sondra Locke stars as the female Christ. Consider Sudden Impact and the Lone Cypress that awaits the true Woman Messiah.
After the Oakland Hills Fire, my friend Michael took me up to Taurus street and showed me the ruins of Peter Stackpole’s home wherein valuable works of art and photography was destroyed. This was a monumental loss to the art world, and to the creative culture that made the Bay Area a Mecca to Bohemian Souls from all over the world.
Ralph Stackpole was a friend of George Sterling and stayed with him and the artists and poets that gathered at Lake Temescal in Oakland. Ralph befriended Diego and Freda Rivera the famous muralist and artist. Ralph helped design the Paramount theatre and a giant statue for Golden Gate Exposition, a goddess named Pacifica.
Peter Stackpole was a staff photographer for LIFE magazine and spent much time in Hollywood shooting the stars, among them, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor. Peter stayed on Errol Flynn’s boat and was privy to his exploits. My grandmother, Mary Magdalene Rosamond, chased Errol from her home at dawn when he and a friend came serenading.
Michael was a good friend of Jim Morrison and the poet, Michael McClure. He and his wife helped me investigate Christine Rosamond’s drowning. I was good friend with Michael’s mother and his two brothers since 1965.
What is going on? Is the Priory de Sion – real? Have aliens messed with the genetics of earthlings to create a groups of creative souls so they could – do what? Save Earth?
Then, there is the Roza Mira ‘The Rose of the World’.
Kim Weston is the grandson of photographer Edward Weston, son of photographer Cole Weston and nephew of photographer Brett Weston. He worked for a number of years helping his father make new prints of Edward Weston’s negatives and as an assistant to his uncle Brett. Weston does much of his own photography in the Wild Cat Canyon house that once belonged to his grandfather in Carmel, California. Weston is also a prolific teacher at photography workshops.
Christian Brevoort Zabriskie was born at Fort Bridger in Wyoming Territory, where his father, Capt. Elias B. Zabriskie, was stationed. The Zabriskie family descended from Albrycht Zaborowski (Albert Zabriskie), a Polish immigrant from Angerburg (Wegorzewo) in Ducal Prussia, who settled in New Jersey in 1662 alongside a Dutch community. Young Zabriskie attended various schools while growing up and at a very early age went to work as a telegrapher for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad at Carson City, Nevada. He was too restless and ambitious to stay in one place for very long and soon moved to Candelaria, Nevada, and worked for the Esmeralda County Bank.
Being an active young man, one job was not enough to keep him occupied and he soon branched out into other ventures, one of which was a partnership with a local cabinet maker to establish a mortuary. Neither of the two knew how to embalm, but it was not considered necessary in a mining town — prompt burial was.He ultimately became vice president and general manager of the company and served in that capacity for thirty-six years until his retirement in 1933. During this time, the Pacific Coast Borax Company had phased out most of its borax operations in the Candelaria vicinity but had moved on to greater production in the Death Valley area, the Calico Mountains near Yermo, California, and Searles Lake near Trona, California.
All this occurred long before 1933, when the area became Death Valley National Monument, but Zabriskie Point remains to honor a man who devoted many years of dedicated service to the Pacific Coast Borax Company. He died just three years after his retirement, in 1936.
Zabriskie’s life took on new meaning in 1885 when F.M. “Borax” Smith hired him to supervise several hundred Chinese laborers at the Columbus Marsh area of the Pacific Coast Borax Company near Candelaria. This was the beginning of a lifelong career in the borax industry.
He ultimately became vice president and general manager of the company and served in that capacity for thirty-six years until his retirement in 1933. During this time, the Pacific Coast Borax Company had phased out most of its borax operations in the Candelaria vicinity but had moved on to greater production in the Death Valley area, the Calico Mountains near Yermo, California, and Searles Lake near Trona, California.
“I have endeavored to provide a glimpse of the Rose of the World’s perspective on the scientific and Scientific modes of inquiry, on individuals’ rights and obligations, on human creativity and labor, and on the two basic types of spiritual paths: the Wide and the Narrow. In order to complete this overview of its perspective on culture, it would be sensible to dwell on the Rose of the World’s views on art, in the broader sense of the word. But that subject is so important and touches on so many different levels, and is so close to my heart personally, that I have decided to devote a series of chapters to it in one of the later parts of the book. Therefore, before moving on to the question of the Rose of the World’s perspective on other religions, I will jot down just a few words about art in the approaching era.
What features might distinguish the art to be created by people who have embraced the spirit of the Rose of the World in the near future, when the sun of the golden age will have only Just begun to illumine the clouds on the horizon?
It would be naive to try to predict or summarize the variety of artistic trends, genres, schools, and styles with which that sphere of culture will scintillate toward the end of this century. But a certain dominant style will, I think, emerge. Of course, it will not exhaust all the different artistic movements (under the conditions of maximum freedom that would be impossible as well as unnecessary for the same reason). This style is destined to become the mainstream in art and literature in the last third of this century. The perception of reality intrinsic to the Rose of the World— transparent perception, which distinguishes variomaterial or spiritual planes through the physical plane—will find expression in that style
White Revolutionaries Settle in Roxbury
By Susan E. Davis
A large white family lives high on Fort Hill in Roxbury. Like the black community around it, it is committed to changing the American social system.
The family is actually a community of families. Boston’s young people call them the leaders of the Hippies, but to themselves they are simply “The Hill People.” Their goal is to find freedom for themselves, and to set a model for young white Americans.
A year and a half ago the first settlers moved to the hill and began to restore dilapidated homes for their families. Now there are almost a dozen couples with a total of 19 children, as well as a number of single men and women.
The Hill People have restored a half dozen houses at little expense by doing the work themselves. They have ripped out walls and salvaged furnishings and wall sections and ornate doors from abandoned homes. Furnishings are heavy velvet curtains, old-time chairs and sofas with lace throws, oriental rugs, and fine old musical instruments.
A round wooden table which can seat 2 dozen people entirely fills the Given’s dining room. Often the whole group assembles here for meals of home baked bread, vegetables, fish and salads prepared by several of the women.
Life on the hill is frugal — there are few phones, cars are old and heat is provided only by wood-burning stoves. For food, the group goes to Haymarket on Saturday nights as the vendors are leaving and collects what is left. “At first the merchants used to call us ‘damn gypsies’ and destroy the leftovers. But now they even save stuff for us. They realize we’re just like them,” explains Lew Crampton.
The community supports itself as best it can. When money is needed several members get temporary work. Now their newspaper, the “Avatar,” is helping to pay some of their expenses.
But living without financial security is an important part of the philosophy of the Hill People. They believe that what they need they will find, and that their security comes in living for the moment at hand.
“This is a way of life where you do away with everything except the moment,” says Faith Gude. “The secret is to lose everything. I have to become everything that’s going to happen. And then, the thing that happens is you. That is not something you can lose.” Astrology has had a strong influence on the entire community. “Astrology gives us a special language to use with each other,” explained Faith Gude. “We say, ‘She’s a Scorpio with a Cancer moon’, and everyone knows what kind of character that means. They also know the problems the person probably has.
“Astrology doesn’t give you the answers. It only shows you what you are really like, and what your alternatives are. The choice of how you’ll behave is up to you.”
Visitors to the Hill are astounded by the good behavior of the children. The parents are strict disciplinarians, yet are seriously concerned with teaching their children to express themselves. “The children are beautiful,” says Mrs. Dorothy Muller, a neighbor. “They are good-tempered and responsive. Last year they helped me plant my garden.”
The Hill People have a number of projects to their credit: a movie house for experimental films (Cinematheque), a discotheque (The Boston Tea Party), a corporation to handle business projects (United Illuminating Inc.), and the famous underground newspaper, Avatar. Recently they showed experimental films they had made at an Avatar benefit. In March they will give a service at the Arlington St. Church.
Those who have survived the challenge of community life are all recognized artists or professionals. Jim Kweskin is leader of the Jug Band, David Gude an accomplished recording engineer, and Eben Given an artist. Lew Crampton is an Asian scholar and political organizer, Brian Keating an artist and former professor of English and George Pepper a photographer and film-maker. Mel Lyman, the community’s patriarch, is a musician, film-maker, writer and astrologer and has lived in most of America’s avant-grade communities.
The Hill People have also become involved in the Roxbury community. Faith Gude is working with Hawthorne House on the school. Lew Crampton works closely with Model Cities and the Highland Park Council (HPC) and was a district manager in the Atkins campaign.
As a senatorial candidate for the upcoming election, he has drawn up proposals for the betterment of the wards in his district. His 7-page proposal to HPC includes recommendations for easing housing problems, for working with the Model Cities Board, for forming a non-profit private housing corporation, and for improving municipal services, recreation, law enforcement, education and health.
Despite their involvement in Roxbury, the group does not identify with the black community. “Black power is beautiful, man, and it’s good for Negroes to do their thing,” says Ed Fox. “But we’re into our own scene. They’re parallel movements.”
Last Spring the group beautified the park area around the Fort Hill monument, spreading loam and planting seed beds. Their effort has interested the BRA in taking over the beautification project itself.
For the Hill People Mel Lyman is the spokesman of the soul. He gives them spiritual direction, and initiates and guides the group’s many projects. Most of all, he challenges the ideas and attitudes of each individual, and demands honesty in their responses.
Lew Crampton is their spokesman for outsiders. He is concerned that the group be a model for others. “The country is hungry for leadership,” he says, “and for something that is clean, honest, and real.”
“The model is strength. We teach an individual to live his life with a total awareness of what he is doing so he can be a model for others.”
Many people trundle up Fort Avenue to make contact with the Hill People. Some of the visitors are dismayed and say the people talk in riddles. But other visitors say they talk with insight, out of love.