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By Gustav Janouch

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Gustav Janouch met Franz Kafka, the distinguished writer of The Metamorphosis, as a seventeen-year-old fledgling poet. As Francine Prose notes in her excellent preface, “they fell into the behavior of taking lengthy strolls in the course of the urban, strolls on which Kafka turns out to have stated many awesome, incisive, literary, and according to- issues to his better half and interlocutor, the teenage Boswell of Prague. Crossing a windswept sq., apropos of anything or different, Kafka tells Janouch, ‘Life is infinitely nice and profound because the immensity of the celebs above us. one could purely examine it throughout the slender keyhole of one’s own adventure. yet via it one perceives multiple can see. So primarily one needs to retain the keyhole clean.’”

They speak about writing (Kafka’s personal, but in addition that of his favourite writers: Poe, Kleist, and Rimbaud, who “transforms vowels into colors”) in addition to know-how, movie, crime, Darwinism, chinese language philosophy, carpentry, insomnia, road fights, Hindu scripture, artwork, suicide, and prayer. “Prayer,” Kafka notes, brings “its countless radiance to mattress within the frail little cradle of one’s personal existence.”

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I could see what she meant. Directly across the road from her farm there lay a large open area where a developer wanted to build more than a thousand houses. Not far away the county had embarked on a massive project to restore Hinebaugh Creek, which meandered through the valley. That meant that men on 28 FIRST FORAYS huge machines were scooping out dirt, making big mounds of earth, and radically altering the contours of the land—all in the name of preserving the land. On the face of it, the county seemed to be destroying the environment in the name of saving it.

We’re developing alternatives. On my farm we don’t use 32 FIRST FORAYS pesticides or herbicides—not in the garden, the nursery, or the vineyards where we grow Sauvignon Blanc grapes. We have cut back on the use of machinery, and we use much less fuel than we used to. Everything is labor-intensive around here. ” Where Sharon sees obstacles and problems, Ed tends to see opportunities and challenges. He likes to philosophize, too, and offer words of wisdom based on his experiences. “I must be getting old,” he said, smiling broadly.

After high school she attended California Polytechnic State University, studied agriculture, and received a certificate to teach home economics. This training gave foundation to her skills. She knows what to tell her friends and customers about nutritious foods and how to cook them. When she and Ed Grossi were married, she ran the business end of the farm. She had a head for figures and kept the books. She also raised their two children. Renee, her daughter, ended up not wanting to have much to do with farming, but Clint became her right-hand man; he learned to sell produce at their roadside stand, delivered it, and kept in touch by cell phone with the stores they supplied.

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