The Archives

The Glamorous Life, on the Road
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 15 June 2010
Stats: 3,696 views and 2 Comments

In another town, in another anonymous hotel room. It doesn’t matter where because they’re all the same anyway: floral bedspreads with who knows what kind of history embedded in them.

Support Your Independent Record Store
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 15 April 2010
Stats: 3,900 views and 1 Comment

Your neighborhood record store is operated not by a surly, disengaged elitist, but by someone who chose art over commerce. You should give them your business.

Terrible, Terrible Children: Teaching in South Korea
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 7 April 2010
Stats: 83,389 views and 15 Comments

Bill Cosby was right: Kids do say the darndest things. They also say the cruelest and most twisted-est things. And they draw them. That’s me: “Grosoper,” the hairy pig-man.

When You Wish Upon a Hotline
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 6 April 2010
Stats: 4,526 views and 1 Comment

“Wishes don’t do anything,” my dad said. “If you want something, you need to make it happen yourself.” So I decided to become a fortune teller.

The Short and Merry Life of a Movie Critic
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 2 March 2010
Stats: 50,500 views and 5 Comments

In August 2001 I became the movie critic for a daily newspaper, despite the fact that I didn’t know from German Expressionism and had no special love for “Citizen Kane.”

Coffeehouse WiFi: Do’s and Don’ts
Posted in Seattle on 11 February 2010
Stats: 3,713 views and 2 Comments

I have a dedicated home office, where lives a rustic Dell and two cats engaged in an endless screaming match. But if I actually want to get a lot of work done, I pack up and head to the nearest coffeehouse.

Remembering Fairfax: Dachau Survivors, Bob Dylan and Falafel
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 9 February 2010
Stats: 20,872 views and 6 Comments

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.

Aloha from the Lido Deck
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 26 January 2010
Stats: 5,507 views and 3 Comments

I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that I will be working on a cruise ship sailing around the Hawaiian islands for the next five months. I give thanks, thinking that somewhere an out-of-work actor is waiting tables and a patron is threatening to get him fired.

Just Smile and Nod
Posted in One Million Watts on 9 December 2009
Stats: 12,792 views and 1 Comment

In the midst of this holiday season, many people get panicked at the last minute. This is when consumers are especially susceptible to a subtle yet effective selling technique. Resist, if you can, the Sullivan Head Nod.

Skating on Thick Ice: The Life and Times of a Plastic Ice Princess
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 1 December 2009
Stats: 6,037 views and 6 Comments

Like so many little girls, I was bedazzled by the world of figure skating. I braved the cold rink at 5 a.m. to jump and spin until I dizzy and disoriented. Finally, I got a chance to join an ice show — without the actual ice.