I finally wrote Wikipedia a love letter. And then I took a picture of proof, “Say Anything”-style: I went onto the site today, to look for something, as usual, random and obscure and there was a banner at the top of the page, an appeal from the founder for funds. It was a very simple… Continue reading Wikipedia
You know your friend is cool when in the middle of eating a buttery syrupy pancake they stop, look at you and say “Look, Africa!” Frankly, I may not have noticed. The fluffy continent might have ended up in my mouth before my brain recognized its contours. We were having breakfast at Fox’s, Altadena’s family… Continue reading Africa pancake
This American Life #355: The Giant Pool of Money This American Life is the only experience I have in my life, where I pay for something that makes me cry and breaks my heart on a regular basis. This episode deals with what was at first called the “sub-prime mortgage crisis” and then called the… Continue reading Giant Pool of Money
Wing Hop Fung is my favorite place in Monterey Park. Imagine a warehouse dedicated to selling tea and beverages. It’s kind of like heaven. I had a lovely conversation about Aristotle with a young Chinese intellectual who was accompanying her grandmother on her weekly visit to Wing Hop Fung. They both helped me pick my phenomenal… Continue reading Empire of tea
I love living in Los Angeles. I also hate living in Los Angeles. But I have an innate ability to see magical things in people and places because, frankly, I’m willing to take that risk. I’ve maintained, miraculously, a childlike excitement about the world around me. Through disappointments, illnesses, losing jobs, being broke, having to… Continue reading Steamed fish
I spent a day driving the Colonial Parkway today.
I had a car, hours in front of me, and a deep-seated desire to experience the Fall colors and crisp air, and the other-worldliness of the Parkway, all 23 miles of its winding curves with no stop lights or stop signs.