Friday, January 16, 2009


Galveston Reads’ choice for 2009, The Glass Castle, depicts what many would call a highly dysfunctional family. That description, however, is debatable given the successful adult lives of the children in the story. “Surfwise: The Amazing True Odyssey of the Paskowitz Family” , a 2007 documentary by Doug Pray, of a family that lives outside the norm, is another depiction of what could be termed dysfunctional family or perhaps one that just defies the usual expectations in our culture regarding child rearing, responsibility, and schooling.

The father, Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, drops out of life as a Stanford trained physician to live in a camping trailer and travel around to surfing locations with his wife and nine children. The movie features archival footage of the family surfing, as well as interviews with the father and children. The movie is rated R for nudity and language.

The movie will be shown on February 11, 2009, at Galveston College, Room FA207, 4015 Ave Q in Galveston beginning at 6 pm. The film is 93 minutes long and will be followed by a discussion led by Allan Griffin, a retired psychologist. This program is free and open to the public.

Galveston Reads, a “One City, One Book” project is now in its sixth year of encouraging everyone in town to read and discuss the same book. For more information or to join the committee, please contact Karen Stanley at 409.763.8854 x119 or logon to our website at