Back to Kodiak


I am in the midst of a blogging draught. I anticipate the funk will break soon, but in the meantime, though I am having writer’s block, I find it easy to post a picture. Perhaps because a picture speaks a thousand words.

This particular bench is in Santa Monica near a beautiful overlook, one of my favorite places here. I would sit on that bench, think, read, and people-watch.

“Start spreading the news…” croons Sinatra as I type in the tea room beside the Japanese American National Museum. “I want to be a part of it” is not the case, in my case! I had my doubts about living in L.A., which were confirmed by my experiences living here. I think it is a city thing. I just don’t like living in cities. “All I desired was to walk upon an earth that had no maps.” Alaska is close. Close enough for me.

I’ve met some fantastic people and experienced richness these last two months, but I am inspired by the thought of going back to Kodiak, very excited; and of course, I want you all to visit me there! =)

I hope to write more about my time here in L.A., but it has been a strange time, and somehow that strangeness has left me at a loss for words. If you have any specific queries, maybe that will help me to get the ball rolling!

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

6 thoughts on “Back to Kodiak”

  1. Hi V!

    Job search has been relatively fruitless, made even less successful, I’m afraid, by the fact that my heart just wasn’t in it. Its a tight market out here, and I don’t really have many connections, so the economic realities of the high cost of living here and no job really gave me a very substantial nudge toward Kodiak where I have connections and can start working right away.

    What I didn’t like about city life is a bit more difficult. I like fresh air, and unfortunately, L.A. is one of the worst culprits for lack of clean h2o….I also feel crowded with so many people…and so much steel and concrete with very little greenery…those are a few reasons….how about you? Do you enjoy the city life? Much more to do than in small communities.


    1. I actually don’t care much for most of the activities that take place in cities. I’m not one to frequent city social events. I like that I’m near an amazing library and several grocery stores. I like that I am so close to transit. Other than that, I’m not much for city life. I crave a smaller town, but one that is still big enough to retain a bit of anonymity. I’ve lived in some very small towns and dislike that everyone seems to know everyone else’s business. And I don’t like feeling trapped in by buildings and concrete, either. I do like the diversity of people, though. I like the anonymity. I like the view from my own concrete tower apartment building. It feels like I’m above the noise and bustle to a certain degree. Doesn’t change the fact that I’m sure I’ll wind up in a much smaller town.

      So you’re headed back to Kodiak?


      1. Yeah. Kodiak is my destination. I fly out in 48 hours, and I can’t hardly wait!

        The being in other peoples business thing is a drag in a small town. People always talk about that whenever I mention that I love small towns. The provincial mindset is the big draw back, the thing that small town people need to be concerned about and aware of.

        Kudos for the diversity found in cities. I really like that as well.


  2. That’s pretty deep stuff, Jon. All I could think of when I saw the picture was Forest Gump. (I probably need some work in the meditation department.)


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