A Big Sur Podcast

Magnus Toren, host

An ongoing conversation with people from near and far about Big Sur's past, present, and future. A Big Sur Podcast interprets 'community' to mean ALL people from around the world who are curious about, and who care about, the preservation and restoration of the wild and rural character of Big Sur. Stories are told by visitors and residents, plumbers and linesmen, musicians and authors, dancers and jugglers and others. Sometimes we drift (way) off-topic into the arts, sciences, personal stories, gossip, politics, philosophy, ornithology, Henry Miller, and our zeitgeist in general. We like that! If you are planning a visit to Big Sur and you listen to some of the folks on this Podcast talk about their love of the place your visit will probably be a lot more rewarding. Please email magnus@henrymiller.org with any comments, critique & suggestions. Music clips courtesy John Holm: https://www.discogs.com/artist/374084-John-Holm | Sound editing software by Hindenburg | Special thanks to Jim Agius for special support.Please support the podcast by making a donation to the Henry Miller Library, a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization. Thank you! read less
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Episodes

#96 Iguana John speaks about his early life.
6d ago
#96 Iguana John speaks about his early life.
We lost Iguana John Thursday morning, May 23. He died from heart failure at the Community Hospital. John was born John Carlin in January of 1956. Many of us here in Big Sur have been touched by John. He did indeed have an Iguana on his shoulder for many years. Both his parents were deaf so John signed fluent ALS (American sign language). He lived for many years at Kay Shorts house in Coastlands, he also lived on Pfeiffer Ridge and for the past several years he was the caretaker at the Henry Miller Library. Seeing him sign with deaf guests at the library is unforgettable. He came to life with the love of 'speaking' in the way he knew so well. We love John and we miss him.John leaves behind his sister Sheryl Pierce, his brother Paul Carlin, and his niece Nicole Burnett.At the time of writing this there's no plan yet for a memorial gathering. If and when that happens it will be announced on Big Sur local social media sites.The audio you hear is John and Magnus driving to the hospital at a previous occasion./Magnus PS. John lived in his van for the past 12 years or so. He was a war veteran, a short stint in Vietnam. He had little Buddhaโ€™s and prayer flags placed inside his van in several places. He thought of a spiritual realm through the teachings of the Buddha.Portrait of John by Dan BernSupport the Show._________________________________________________This podcast is a production of the Henry Miller Memorial Library with support from The Arts Council for Monterey County!We are FaceBookInstagramLet us know what you think!SEND US AN EMAIL! ๐Ÿ˜Š magnus@henrymiller.org
# 81 Big Sur's ongoing efforts to protect the landscape : A Conversation with David Smiley
Dec 3 2023
# 81 Big Sur's ongoing efforts to protect the landscape : A Conversation with David Smiley
Magnus sits down (as a follow-up to the recent episode with Marcus Foster) with David Smiley, a Big Sur local with many years of experience serving on the LUAC (the Big Sur land use advisory committee). Brief cameo appearance from David's bunk buddy Mary Ann Vasconcellos! >>>>>Episode 80 with Marcus FosterKeep Big Sur WildBig Sur Multi Agency CouncilBig Sur Land Use Plan Update (draft)Big Sur Land Use Advisory Committee (LUAC)It is with gratitude and sadness we remember Mary Trotter who passed on September 7.  In this issue of the Carmel Pine Cone you can read about Mary............SUPPORT THE LIBRARY AND PODCAST AT MONTEREY COUNTY GIVES!.............Our discussion takes a deeper look at the enforcement of the Big Sur land use plan. The roles of the Monterey County, the Coastal Commission, and local groups in these preservation efforts. We touch upon the significance of political engagement, the noticeable absence of a dedicated defender for the plan, and the rise of the group Keep Big Sur Wild.We conclude our episode with a brief chat about memorable experiences and cultural events in Big Sur. From the BiGSuRCuS event to the Poetry in Motion event.It's not just about the land; it's about the spirit of Big Sur which is celebrated through events like these. Join us as we celebrate the unique beauty of Big Sur, the community's efforts to protect it, and our hopes for its future preservation. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in land use, preservation, and the extraordinary character of Big Sur.Support the Show._________________________________________________This podcast is a production of the Henry Miller Memorial Library with support from The Arts Council for Monterey County!We are FaceBookInstagramLet us know what you think!SEND US AN EMAIL! ๐Ÿ˜Š magnus@henrymiller.org
# 80 Is Big Sur being overused? A conversation with Marcus Foster of Keep Big Sur Wild.
Dec 1 2023
# 80 Is Big Sur being overused? A conversation with Marcus Foster of Keep Big Sur Wild.
A journey into the heart of Big Sur by way of a conversation with Marcus Foster, a Big Sur local and advocate/activist. Please join us. We talk of the Big Sur Land Use Plan (LUP) and  discuss its critical role in upholding Big Sur's unique promise.Marcus tells of his personal transformation from a passive observer to a proactive guardian of the land, reveals how the increasing visitation, powered by social media promotion, presents an increased set of challenges. LINKS:Keep Big Sur WildBig Sur Multi Agency CouncilBig Sur Land Use Plan Update (draft)...........SUPPORT THE LIBRARY AND PODCAST AT MONTEREY COUNTY GIVES!.............We discuss the early residents' sacrifices and the contemporary stakeholders' battle to keep Big Sur wild for future generations.We explore the friction between business growth and conservation, we also touch upon controversial topics such as light pollution from resorts and from new residential development. Marcus stress the significance of raising awareness among tourists and potential property buyers about the regulations that are in place. This episode is a call to arms - to recognize, respect, and protect the unique, breathtaking beauty of Big Sur. Support the Show._________________________________________________This podcast is a production of the Henry Miller Memorial Library with support from The Arts Council for Monterey County!We are FaceBookInstagramLet us know what you think!SEND US AN EMAIL! ๐Ÿ˜Š magnus@henrymiller.org