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Jack Kerouac’s “Beat Paintings:” Now Gathered in One Book and Exhibition for the First Time

Most of us enter Jack Kerouac's world through his 1959 novel On the Road. Those of us who explore it more deeply thereafter may find much more than we expected to: Kerouac's inner life came out not just in his formidable body of written work, but in spoken-word jazz albums, fantasy baseball materials, and even paintings. Though Kerouac has now been gone for nearly half a century, it wasn't until just last year that his works of visual art were brought together: Kerouac: Beat Painting did it in ...
Tags: Google, Art, Milan, College, Literature, Road, Jack Kerouac, Kerouac, Seoul, Truman Capote, First Time, Facebook Twitter, Bandera, Colin Marshall, David Barnett, Pope Paul VI

Putin’s One Weapon: The ‘Intelligence State’

Russia’s leader has restored the role its intelligence agencies had in the Soviet era — keep citizens in check and destabilize foreign adversaries.
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, Propaganda, Central Intelligence Agency, Stalin, Trump, Joseph, KGB, Lenin, Vladimir, Bandera, Vladimir V, Donald J, Espionage and Intelligence Services, News and News Media

American Composers Orchestra Announces Winners of Two Commissions Chosen From the 2018 Underwood New Music Readings

The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has awarded composer Carlos Bandera its 2018 Underwood Commission, which is a $15,000 commission for a work to be premiered by ACO in a future season. Chosen from six finalists during ACO’s 27th Underwood New Music Readings on June 21 and 22, 2018, Bandera won the top prize with his work Lux in Tenebris. In addition, for the ninth year, audience members at the Underwood New Music Readings had a chance to make their voices heard through the Audience Choice C...
Tags: Asia, Headlines, Religion, Los Angeles, Catalonia, Barcelona, United States, Hillary, Ucla, New York University, Christopher Rouse, Europe US, Carlos, Lux, Jensen, Nina

Op-Ed Contributor: The Return of the Rhinoceros

The 1920s and ’30s saw the emergence of one of Europe’s most anti-Semitic organizations. My great-grandfather was a member.
Tags: Europe, News, War Crimes, Romania, Philosophy, Discrimination, Central Europe, Stalin, Joseph, Eugene, Political Prisoners, Yanukovych, Politics And Government, Bandera, Ed Contributor, Ionesco

Texas El Paso San Antonio and Bandera

23 Jan 18Left Tuscon and headed west to El Paso or some might say Hell Paso. The trip took about 6 hours all up including a stop for lunch at a little place called Lordsburg. The Kranberry Family Restaurant here promised downhomestyle cooking. It w
Tags: Travel, El Paso, Tuscon, Bandera, Lordsburg, Texas El Paso San Antonio

Dave Mackey And The 2004 Western States 100

[Author’s Note: For 2018, I am devoting one of the Taproom articles each month to an ultrarunning history column. This is the first edition.] It was the last Sunday in June in 2004 and I was standing in the Placer High School cafeteria experiencing what is, to this day, one of the highlights of my ultrarunning career. The day before, I had completed the Western States 100 for the second time and I was in front of the awards-ceremony crowd to receive my buckle. Also in the front of the room on t...
Tags: Colorado, Sport, Dave, Running, Placer High School, New England, Scott Jurek, Scott, Western States, AJW's Taproom, Bandera, Foresthill, Hal Koerner, Dave Mackey, Meghan Who, Dakota Jones

This Week In Running: January 8, 2018

Can you believe it? The Bandera 100k marks the annual rebirth of ‘This Week In Running’ and its now third anniversary. Looking back to 2015, it was Aliza Lapierre and David Laney who highlighted that first column with their Bandera 100k wins. We again have a recap of Bandera, and a whole bunch of other regional-level races. Bandera 100k – Bandera, Texas The Bandera 100k pulled double duty. Not only was it the 2018 USATF 100k Trail National Championships, but it was also the year’s first Golde...
Tags: Florida, California, Sport, Italy, Arizona, Running, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ryan Smith, Honolulu, Mendoza, Mackey, Black Hills, Wasatch, Sean O Brien

This Week In Running: January 1, 2018

Hey friends, long time no see. It’s 2018 and we’re back after a week off with a recap of the still-in-progress Across the Years event in Arizona, Ultra Trail Tai Mo Shan in Hong Kong, and a preview of next weekend’s Bandera 100k in Texas, and few other bits of news to get your year started off on the right, heh, foot. Happy New Year! Across the Years – Phoenix, Arizona It’s still going! The Across the Years multi-day, multi-year race started on December 28, 2017 at 9 a.m. U.S. Mountain Time an...
Tags: Hong Kong, Usa, Texas, France, America, Spain, Sport, Taiwan, Running, New Zealand, Lithuania, Hall of Fame, NICK, Marshall, PHOENIX Arizona, Proctor

2018 Western States 100 Lottery Results (Plus Auto-Entrants)

The lottery for the 2018 Western States 100 took place today, confirming the vast majority of next year’s field, including a few top runners. However, most top runners either secured entry prior to the lottery or will do so in the coming months. A total of 4,909 runners entered the lottery for the 2018 race. This is up from 4,248 runners entered in the lottery for the 2017 edition, 3,510 applicants for the 2016 race, and 2,566 for the 2015 edition. A total of 15,074 tickets went into the drawing...
Tags: California, Georgia, Sport, Races, Arizona, Running, San Diego, EC, Michael Owen, John Fitzgerald, Black Canyon, Sean O'Brien, Western States, Ian Sharman, Kaci Lickteig, Paul Terranova

This Week In Running: November 27, 2017

Pass the gravy. It was Thanksgiving in the U.S. and there wasn’t a lot of racing to be had. We do have a report out of the Quad Dipsea, and previews of next weekend’s Ultra-Trail Cape Town and Marathon des Sables Peru races. Quad Dipsea – Mill Valley, California The Quad Dipsea totals 28.4 miles as a double out and back on the popular Dipsea Trail. The race turned 35 this year. Men Alex Ho went 4:24 for the win. Just sixth after the opening 7.1-mile segment, Ho expertly moved up thanks to a w...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Usa, France, Spain, Sport, South Africa, Moab, Running, Romania, Peru, Oxfam, Latvia, Lithuania, OCR, Continental

This Week In Running: November 20, 2017

Holy Flagstaff, Arizona! The mile-and-a-quarter-high city and its local Northern Arizona University had a giant weekend. Catch it all as we recap The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championships, the JFK 50 Mile, and a few more events in this week’s column. The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championships – San Francisco, California You bet, iRunFar was there. The team pumped out some 100-plus tweets and nearly two dozen pre- and post-race interviews. The separate recap takes ...
Tags: Utah, New York, Texas, Colorado, California, Kentucky, France, San Francisco, Sport, New Hampshire, Moab, Running, Ncaa, Grand Canyon, Michael Owen, North Face

2017 Les Templiers Preview

With 14 events hosting some 13,000-plus runners over a three-day fall weekend, the Festival des Templiers, held in Millau, France, is one the largest trail running events in the world. The 76-kilometer (47-mile) headline event is the Grand Trail des Templiers. Possessing over 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) of climb through the Grands Causses, a series of high limestone plateaus in southern France, Les Templiers always collects a competitive international field. This year is no different. Can you gue...
Tags: Usa, Sweden, France, Spain, Sport, Races, Taiwan, Austria, Canada, United States, Paris, Moab, Running, Switzerland, Finland, Norway

Best rivers for tubing in the US

TUBING can be one of the most relaxing ways you can spend a summer day on the water. Here are a few classic “party runs,” as well some quiet cold-water floats through scenic forests. 1. Guadalupe River — New Braunfels, TX Photo: dustin larimer Floating the Guadalupe River outside of Austin is a summertime rite of passage. Floats go anywhere from 2-4-hours, depending on how fast the water is flowing. The Guadalupe is a party river, packed with beer coolers, waterproof stereos, and students fr...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Texas, California, US, America, Atlanta, Water, Austin, River, United States, Johnson, Lake Tahoe, Seattle, San Antonio, Harper

2017 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Men’s Preview

This weekend is the ninth running of the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile run northwest of Healdsburg, California. The relentlessly rolling and runnable course with over 10,000 feet of climbing will once again feature a very strong men’s field. Unless I’m mistaken, the men’s course record has been lowered in each and every running of the race. If that’s to happen again this year, someone will have to dip under the 6:00:52 Jim Walmsley ran last year. As you’d expect, we’ll be providing live coverage througho...
Tags: Hong Kong, California, Oregon, Massachusetts, US, Sport, Races, Running, Square, Sonoma, Jared, Joe, Ryan, Zach Miller, Dakota, NorCal

The Best Vacation Spots in Every U.S. State

Whether you’re planning a last-minute getaway or a serious vacation five months out, you don’t have to jet-set across the globe to get away from it all. As a matter of fact, you don’t even have to look much further than your own backyard. Here, the best vacation spots in every single U.S. state. Related: Here’s Where to Travel Every Month in 2017 ALABAMA: THE GULF SHORES Sandy dunes, white beaches, clear water and world-class golf courses are just a few of the attractions that lure vacationers t...
Tags: Florida, New York, News, Minnesota, Mississippi, Maryland, Colorado, California, Montana, Washington, Kentucky, Oregon, Virginia, Massachusetts, Alabama, America

This Week In Running: February 13, 2017

The Tarawera Ultramarathon, the second stop of the 2017 Ultra-Trail World Tour, was a big deal, and next week’s USATF 50k Trail National Championships at the Foumidable 50k and Black Canyon 100k, an Altra Golden Ticket race, are too. These races and more are featured in this week’s column. TARAWERA ULTRAMARATHON – ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND Men The calendar now reads 2017, but not much has changed for Jim Walmsley (pre-race and post-race interviews). He’s still pretty much unbeatable. Walmsley went ...
Tags: Texas, Sweden, Maryland, Oregon, Alabama, Sport, Taiwan, Running, New Zealand, Watson, South Carolina, Matt Smith, Wilson, Nichols, Roche, Margaret Smith

This Week In Running: January 9, 2017

The first of the year’s Altra Golden Ticket Races was the weekend highlight, and the first of the year’s Ultra-Trail World Tour events is next week’s highlight. Both are included in this week’s column. BANDERA 100K – BANDERA, TEXAS Women We saw it a number of times in 2016 and it happened again here–a female was the overall race winner. While it is not too uncommon in ultramarathoning, it is still surprising, particularly at a race of this level. Stephanie Violett (née Howe) ran 9:08 to finish...
Tags: Hong Kong, Texas, France, Georgia, Spain, Sport, Alaska, Arizona, Running, New Zealand, Switzerland, Ohio, Norway, Patrick Stewart, Hamilton, Gray

Maidan Year Three: Welcome to Ukraine's Revolutionary Cafe

A few blocks from Kyiv's bleak and imposing Stalinist-style Maidan square lies a nondescript alleyway. Passing through a gate, one arrives at Ukraine's revolutionary café, Bar Baraban, which played a key role in protests resulting in the eventual toppling of the unpopular government of Viktor Yanukovych. Three years ago, as the political situation worsened on the Maidan amidst a nasty police crackdown, the owner of Baraban, Gennady Kanishthemko, turned his bar into a makeshift refuge for prote...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, New York, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, European Union, Turkey, Ukraine, West, Nato, Crimea, Poland, Moscow, Bmw

This Week In Running: December 19, 2016

The Northwest Passage ski-mountaineering event, which drew the participation of several trail and ultrarunners, is reviewed in this week’s column. Next week’s Across the Years multi-day running event is previewed, as well. NORTHWEST PASSAGE SKI MOUNTAINEERING RACE – MCCALL, IDAHO The United States Ski Mountaineering Association’s 2016-17 campaign got underway in earnest with the Northwest Passage Vertical and Individual races at Idaho’s Brundage Mountain Ski Resort, both held in sub-zero tempe...
Tags: Texas, Virginia, Sport, Indiana, Idaho, Tennessee, Italy, Running, Los Angeles Dodgers, Southern California, Prince William Forest Park, San Francisco Bay Area, Midwest, Las Vegas Nevada, Kristi, Foote

2016 Ultrarunner Of The Year Balloting: Men’s Edition

Last Friday, I devoted this column to an analysis of the female UltraRunning magazine Ultrarunner of the Year candidates, an award for runners residing in North America, and attempted to establish some objective criteria to assist in my decision making. This week, I am going to delve into the male side of the ballot. As a reminder, here are the criteria I have established: To meet the standard… A runner must have completed at least four ultras in 2016 of at least two different distances. A runn...
Tags: Georgia, Sport, ABV, Running, North America, Grand Canyon, Vermont, Zach Miller, Flagstaff, Chicago Illinois, UTMB, Black Canyon, Miwok, Sean O Brien, Andrew Miller, Leadville

2016 UTMB Men’s Preview

We are closing in on the end of August and, in trail-ultra time, that means it’s UTMB time! If you thought last year’s men’s race (and, let’s face it, the one before that, too) was showdown of who’s who in long mountain ultras, then get ready for another fantastic show. We’ll see two members of the men’s 2015 podium back for more in Luis Alberto Hernando and David Laney, as well as second and fourth places from 2014 back, too–that’s T ò fol Castanyer and Jason Schlarb, respectively. We’ve also g...
Tags: Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sport, Races, David, Czech Republic, South Africa, Nepal, Italy, Running, Switzerland, San Diego, Norway, Lithuania

Former Soviet Countries' Use of Symbols to Thumb Their Noses at Russia

Image: A Ukrainian postal stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of Stepan Bandera's birth. Public Domain Symbols were important during the Soviet era. The hammer and cycle was the premier example. Then there were the statues of Marx, Lenin and Stalin, and the names of notable Soviets on streets across the empire. But a lot of the countries that fell under the Russian yoke -- because, in truth, the Soviet empire was just another manifestation of the Russian empire -- deeply resented the So...
Tags: News, Germany, Nazis, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine, Munich, Crimea, Poland, Moscow, Bulgaria, Armenia, Red Army, Kazakhstan, Karl Marx

Race-Specific Training: The Biggest Bang For Your Buck

The long run is the cornerstone of any ultrarunner’s training regimen, but what else can we incorporate to ready ourselves for a race? Secondary quality workouts can come in a dizzying array of paces, efforts, and/or lengths. Tweaking these workout parameters produces distinct physiological and psychological challenges. Race-specific workouts, or the training that reproduces the stresses we’ll encounter during our event, are best. Take terrain into careful consideration when determining which wo...
Tags: Sport, Running, UTMB, Your Ultra-Training Bag of Tricks, Bandera, Mad City

The Magic Of The Golden Ticket

The 2016 Western States 100 is officially in the books. By all accounts it was a great race filled with all the excitement and intrigue that typically accompanies America’s most prestigious ultra event. And, from where I sit, it proved, unconditionally, the absolute value of the Golden Ticket Races entry process. What began in 2002 as an experiment has now evolved into one of the most impressive and intriguing race series in the world. And, looking at this year’s top-10 men’s and women’s results...
Tags: Washington, America, Georgia, Sport, Arizona, Running, East Coast, Pacific Northwest, Southern California, San Diego California, Basham, Black Canyon, Andrew Miller, Sean O'Brien, Chris Mocko, Devon Yanko

2016 Western States 100 Women’s Preview

As expected, there’ll be heated competition among the women at the front of this year’s Western States 100 with the past two winners taking on a bunch of talented challengers. The race kicks off at 5 a.m. PDT on Saturday, June 25th in Squaw Valley, California before covering the 100 miles to Auburn. Special thanks for Flora for making our coverage of the Western States 100 possible! Thanks also to Inov-8 for their support of our Western States coverage. As you’d expected, we’ll be providing plen...
Tags: Texas, Australia, California, Georgia, Sport, Races, Moab, Running, Auburn, EC, Sonoma, East Coast, Ccc, Pacific Northwest, Kiwi, Amelia Boone

This Week In Running: May 9, 2016

It was a big weekend of racing around the world. The Skyrunning World Series ultramarathon series got underway, the La Sportiva Mountain Cup continued, and a pair of northern California 100ks are among the highlights included in this week’s full column. Transvulcania – La Palma, Canary Islands iRunFar was on site to cover the Skyrunner World Series ultramarathon live and has separately recapped that race’s results with plenty of post-race interviews available. For the third year in a row, Spai...
Tags: Japan, UK, Sweden, Colorado, California, Washington, France, Oregon, Spain, Sport, Colombia, Austria, Vienna, Canada, United States, Chile

2016 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Men’s Preview

It’s April and iRunFar’s on its way to California. This means one thing: it’s Lake Sonoma 50 Mile time! An unrelentingly hilly but beautiful course with a sporty 10,500 feet of elevation gain, the likes of Tropical John (Medinger) as your fearless RD and hospitality guide, and not one but two solid post-race parties. It’s not a wonder at all why Lake Sonoma has become one of North America’s most competitive ultras. Additionally, the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile is the last race in the Western States 100 ...
Tags: Japan, California, US, Races, Arizona, Moab, Wisconsin, South America, EC, North America, Sonoma, Central Valley, Sierra Nevada, Chris, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area

Interesting Places to Discover on a Texas Road Trip

With nearly 200,000 of lane miles and more than 50,000 bridges Texas has the biggest highway system in the United States. With this much road to cover, if you're a fan of the classic road trip there's a lot to discover in the Lone Star State. If you're a seasoned road tripper who's more interested in the road less traveled, here are eight unique spots on the Texas map. 1. The Orange Show Monument Image: Wikimedia Commons by Ed Schipul In Houston's East End you will find a very odd place c...
Tags: Texas, Austin, United States, Vw, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Houston, Huffington Post, Nancy, Marfa, Clyde, Paris France, Don, Amarillo, Conway, Phillips

Coldwater Rumble 52K Race Report

"This was a stupid idea for a long run." -- Me at mile 24. My life is increasingly hectic lately, and it wasn't going to be any less over the next several weeks. I had been quietly working on the acquisition of Rough Creek Trail Run from Endurance Buzz Adventures and was basically going to launch the news over the weekend I was gone to Coldwater Rumble. My dog had to be put down (liver cancer), my husband and I had arranged our first vacation without kids in more than 5 years for mid-January,...
Tags: Coke, Steve, Robert, PHOENIX Arizona, Jeff, Cardinals, Jess, Antelope Canyon, Rough Creek Trail, Bandera, Libby Jones

A Fantastic Training Run at Bandera 100K

Normally I sign up for the 50K at Bandera. I've run that in 2013 and 2014. I would have run it in 2015 but ended up really sick then. I'm coming off of race directing at New Years Double, which means a 100 hour work week, lots of stress, not enough sleep, and a low mileage month of about 75 miles. I don't love Bandera - I dislike rocks greatly and this course is full of rocks, one year that I ran it had mud and humidity, and one year it was hot. Basically, all my worst conditions rolled into one...
Tags: Texas, Sarah, Coke, Daniel, Sami, Dale, Paul Terranova, Bandera, Libby Jones, Nachos Mile, Chapas Miles, Chapas, Crossroads Miles, Crossroads, Steven Monté, Lucky Peak