Cellstories.net is a new venture which delivers a new story daily to your mobile device. It's the first site I know of that is exclusively intended for handheld use. If you visit with your computer browser, all you will see is this fine introduction, but if you point your iPhone, Blackberry, Droid or other mobile browser there, you will get a new story daily.
This Monday, they will be running an essay of mine that I originally contributed last year to the journal of the Nexus Institute. The essay was translated into Dutch, so this is the first time it appears in English. The contributors were all asked to describe "My Arcadia," and my entry began thus:
I write these words looking out across the Monterey Bay from my vantage point in the sitting room of a small inn in Pacific Grove, a tiny American town best known as the winter home of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus), which migrates here in the tens of thousands in late autumn, and which it is illegal to kill or capture, a crime punishable by a fine of $1,000. This bay, with its rocky promontories and crisp sea air, has been a favorite escape of mine since I first visited here in the 1980s. It is, in many ways, a cliché of small town America – the downtown area (which stretches about a half-dozen blocks across Lighthouse Avenue) allows no chain stores, there’s not a Starbucks in sight. A single movie theatre serves Pacific Grove’s 15,000 residents. I drive up here often to write, to think, to escape the pell-mell dissonance of Los Angeles, and never fail to leave invigorated, inspired, ready to get to work.
You will be able to reader the entire essay, which includes references to John Steinbeck, Poussin and Barack Obama, on Monday at Cellstories.net. From your phone, of course.