My story in one page or less: I live in San Francisco,
which is pretty lucky because I think it's the most beautiful
city in the world. I'm not a native -- I used to think that
California was just another hot place with palm trees where people
went on vacation. I grew up in the polyester belt of Upstate New
York (in the historic and very small town of Ticonderoga on Lake
Champlain, later on in an even smaller town near Utica).
When I was 15, I had a formative
experience at an incredible boy's camp called
Camp Rising Sun
in the Hudson Valley.
I went to Williams
College , where I learned that natural fibers are
essential to a happy life and social acceptance,
and after that, to law school at the University of
Michigan, where I learned that you could pay your utility bills
by selling your Notre Dame and Ohio State football tickets.
Then, after a brief epiphany of mental clarity, I moved to
San Francisco , and started watching
cult movies and
planting trees and stuff. The rest pretty much follows.
MIKE'S TOP FIVE LISTS
One of quickest ways to learn about someone is to ask them to name their favorite . . . anything.
So here are some of mine:
- The Gospel According to Jesus -- Stephen Mitchell
- West With The Night -- Beryl Markham
- A Confederacy of Dunces -- John Kennedy Toole
- Walden -- Henry David Thoreau
- The Passion of The Western Mind -- Richard Tarnas
- "Moderation in all things, including moderation." -- Mike Sullivan
- "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story." -- Scott Smith
- "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him
by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him" -- Jonathan Swift
- "There is something bigger and more worthwhile than the things we see about us,
the things we live by and strive for. There is an undiscovered beauty, a divine
excellence, just beyond us. Let us stand on tiptoe, forgetting the nearer things
and grasp what we may." -- Bernard Maybeck