The desert winds blow through the work of Paul Bowles.
“Why go?” Bowles once wrote. “The answer is that when a man has been there and undergone the baptism of solitude he can’t help himself. Once he has been under the spell of the vast, luminous, silent country, no other place is quite strong enough for him …”
This Saturday, Edmund White, celebrated author and creative writing professor at Princeton University, will reflect on the dry country’s beauty and dangerous magnetism during his keynote address, “The Desert and Fatality: Learning from Paul Bowles.” The talk begins at 3:30 p.m. at UC Santa Cruz’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Here is a complete itinerary of the weekend’s scheduled events. I’ll be there, taking lots of notes.