Gold Mine Managing Director, Craig Barry, recommends Tripping to Dickeyland by Michael Hanson.
Tripping to Dickeyland is a wonderful mixture of a writer’s friendships, aspirations, admirations, and fears—the stuff that fuels much of our lives, and the brushes with which all artists use to leave their marks.
Hanson’s memoir explores the major influences in his life — such as James Dickey, his work and character; his deep friendship with his childhood friend, Chris Fuhrman, who would tragically pass away as a young man; and his teacher and mentor, Coleman Barks — as Hanson comes to terms with what it means to be a writer.
This book is powerfully written and unabashedly honest as it explores the creative process and the sometimes overwhelming joy and crushing self-doubt that accompanies any writer who opens their heart.
[Dickeyland] is a reflection on how one melds formative experiences with one’s passion to forge a rich and meaningful life.
It’s a reflection on how one melds formative experiences with one’s passions to forge a rich and meaningful life, where the heroes of yesterday are seen anew for their own unique humanness — and how ultimately that perception, turned inward, allows one to step more fully into their own life.