You Are Listening to Los Angeles: On Defunct Radio
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 5 October 2010
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Funny, isn’t it? That I could outlive something like free-form FM radio?

Going to the Library with Ray Bradbury
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 30 August 2010
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When Ray Bradbury’s wheelchair was pushed into the auditorium of the Los Angeles Public Library and situated next to me, I froze. I’m not fazed by rock stars, but authors are something else.

Hollywood by Hearse
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 2 August 2010
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Hollywood Forever Cemetary reminds me of Los Angeles in the late 1990s, when I met Creepy Hearse Guy in a film studies class and fell in love.

Showbiz Stories from Artie Glimmer
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 21 May 2010
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When I moved into my new house, imagine my surprise in finding out that my new neighbor was once a Hollywood agent. Here are a few of the stories he has shared with me so far.

Things We Like: “Head,” “Infinite Jest” and Princess Leonilla
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Posted in Things We Like on 1 May 2010
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Let us now praise a much-read, much discussed novel by David Foster Wallace, a relatively obscure portrait of a Russian princess, and a weird film by The Monkees.

Visiting the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 24 March 2010
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The grounds of Disney’s Burbank studios is an odd place; it seems to have more in common with a small college than a big Hollywood studio. And the commissary serves one wicked bowl of chili.

It Never Rains
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Posted in Seattle on 9 March 2010
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You’re talking about water falling from the sky in great cascades; fat raindrops smacking against windshields and rooftops. We rarely get to see anything like that up here in Seattle.

Some Walk By Night: Tales of a Preteen “Moonlighting” Fiend
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 4 March 2010
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I was a state-champion turkey caller. I organized a neighborhood circus day. But my favorite activity of my formative years was obsessing over a certain 1980s prime-time detective drama.

Guadalajara Jack and the Ghosts of the Spanish Kitchen
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 February 2010
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What was it that made Fairfax a vortex of such characters? Was it the food, the bookstores, the music, or the presence of ghosts?

Remembering Fairfax: Dachau Survivors, Bob Dylan and Falafel
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 9 February 2010
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For about five years during the 1970s, a square mile of earth in Hollywood, CA., centered around North Fairfax Avenue between Beverly and Melrose, saw an amazing confluence of people passing through.