TOMA

TOMA 15 Pushing My Luck in Pushkar

I finally learn to relax in India, thanks to a new friend, a glorious town, and some bhang lassis. Maybe I relaxed too much? Download.

Music:

Opening: Les Pigeon, by Basin and Range.

Sabhyata, by Karmix.

Many Drummers, by Unknown (from a cd a friend made for me years ago).

Cucumber Slumber (fluxus mix), by Bill Laswell.

TOMA 14 (On the Road to Nowhere in Kashmir)

On a shikara on Dal Lake in Srinigar.

On a shikara on Dal Lake in Srinigar.

Smoking from a volcano on a houseboat on Dal lake in Srinagar, intolerable conditions occasion some last-minute changes of plan which work out for the best. Download this episode.

Music:

Talking Heads, "Road to Nowhere."

Bill Laswell, Black Lotus (Ethnic 2000), Abay & Gud Fella (Illuminated Audio).

Some of the fancy house-boats we didn't rent.

Some of the fancy house-boats we didn't rent.

A shot of shikaras on Dal Lake. (by Steve McCurry)

A shot of shikaras on Dal Lake. (by Steve McCurry)

TOMA 13 (Old Delhi)

I arrive in Dehli and have my first deeply memorable experience. Same story told here.


End music: Gud Fella, Bill Laswell (Illuminated Audio).

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TOMA 12 (New York City)

The guard and I used to call these guys "The Night Riders."

The guard and I used to call these guys "The Night Riders."

Fresh out of Alaska, I decided to spend some time living in New York, where I wandered into a solid gold trap. Download

TOMA 11

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

When you've been loved unconditionally, you need to pass that along to those who haven't. Download

TOMA 9 (Kodiak & Seward)

My second summer in Alaska. Got a job on the Surland, a tender in Prince William Sound, but based in Kodiak. I discovered that I was a shitty deck-hand, but had a larger purpose on that boat. Download.

Waiting for a ride outside of Whitehorse. Before burning the Bible.

Waiting for a ride outside of Whitehorse. Before burning the Bible.

The Phallus of the Tundra.

The Phallus of the Tundra.

The Surland.

The Surland.

TOMA 8 (Chiapas)

It's 1983, and I'm on my first trip to a foreign culture with a sharpened Kung-Fu star hanging from my neck. One thing leads to another and I realize I've stumbled into something far deeper, and more dangerous, than I could have imagined. Download.

Photos:

  • "Death to the voting fraud."
  • An Indian guy.
  • Traditional pants, Mexican shirt and hat.

TOMA 7 (Kenai Packers)

I work the slime line, scam my way out the door, and wake up on the wrong side of a jealous performance artist. Download.

Photos:

  • Ralph, dragging Kathryn, atop Jimbo.
  • Kathryn and her twin sister.
  • Doing the Bluff Jump.
  • Kenai Packers from the Bluff.
  • Me, about as good-looking as I ever got.
  • Good times on the Bluff.
  • There's a party in my tent!
  • Back at Hobart, behind the Art Museum.

TOMA 6 (Scorpion Sting in Tikal)

I took this as the sun was setting behind me, from the top of the Jaguar Temple.

I took this as the sun was setting behind me, from the top of the Jaguar Temple.

I get seriously meta in this one—reading a paper I wrote 20 years ago about a near-death experience that happened to me 25 years ago. Damn, I'm getting old! Download.

TOMA 5 (My One and Only Brush with Tequila)

For some reason, I remembered this as Three Fingers. Lost a finger somewhere, I guess.

For some reason, I remembered this as Three Fingers. Lost a finger somewhere, I guess.

The one and only time I ever drank tequila started with poetry, passed through blood, and ended (of course) in vomit. Download.

TOMA 3 (Hitchhiking to Alaska)

Waiting (a long time) for a ride somewhere in the Yukon Territory.

Waiting (a long time) for a ride somewhere in the Yukon Territory.

Hitching with my new friends from Skagway through the Yukon Territory to Fairbanks. Then, I do something really stupid. Download.

TOMA 2 (College and Off to Alaska)

With my friend/professor, Eric, the Manson expert who came to meet me in Kenai later that summer.

With my friend/professor, Eric, the Manson expert who came to meet me in Kenai later that summer.

I leave Hobart College, headed for Alaska. Meet a guy named Ed, who has a strange and powerful story, and catches a fish in Petersburg, AK. Download here.

TOMA 1 (Intro & High School Heartbreak)

Obviously quite pleased with my new girlfriend.

Obviously quite pleased with my new girlfriend.

In which I introduce the series, talk about why I'm telling these stories, and lay out the ground rules I've set for myself. Then, I get into the first story, which covers the last two years of high school. Download.