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Beep!: Beyond The Frogpond And Back Paperback – June 1, 2009
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About the Author
Little is known about Stewart Parks, and he seems to like it that way, having refused to submit to his editor either a photo or biography for inclusion in this publication. We have been able to establish that he is a fourth-generation native of San Diego, a UCSD graduate, a member of the WindanSea Surf Club, and a lifelong student of physics, philosophy, and cosmology, who can often be found prowling the beaches of southern California. He claims that his consciousness is frequently involved in inter-dimensional time travel, but his wife tells us that when this happens, it just appears to her that he is napping in his wellstuffed, black leather Barcalounger(r). -Ed.
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The theme of the book, that science and metaphysics are in fact converging, simply different ways of getting at the single fundamental reality of the nature of the universe and our place in it, is clearly stated... perhaps a bit too clearly, especially at the end. The writing is at times a little too spare and pedantic but it's competent, and the way in which the plot reveals the theme definitely kept me involved to the end. The story as well as the message (which I believe we all need to take to heart) make this a book I'd recommend to practically everyone, even if you've never given surfing a second thought and/or are generations away from us 50- and 60-somethings.
(P.S. I read this downloaded in the Kindle App on my iPod touch--handy, and cheaper than the dead-tree edition!)
For those interested in Southern California surfing history, beach and hippie life in San Diego in the 60s or early history of the UCSD campus it is a home run.
The author has a sophisticated writing style, great sense of humor, honest approach and impressive vocabulary and diction. Bottom line, he's a great story teller and this is a book I'd highly recommend.
Even if you are not into surfing Beep's "second" journey through life, his struggle to make sense of the world around him will draw you in.
I would highly recommend giving this book a read. You will see how hard it is to put down. Great job Steve!