January, 2008

  • January 31, 2008 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 180

    Wince Country

    Sometimes, wine country is “wince” country – as when one inadvertently refers to one’s sommelier as one’s “dealer.” An acquaintance had me over to preview galleys of his forthcoming aeronautics tome and offered me a glass of...

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  • January 24, 2008 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 145

    To Live and Drive in LA

    Whenever one meditates on the Hollywood “Dream Factory,” it’s difficult to resist making facile jabs at its inevitable nightmares. From the ground up, these include the fact that the entire place is paved, as if it were hermetically...

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  • January 17, 2008 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 159

    Hollywon’t Drive Again

    At 2:30 p.m. last Wednesday, FilmArt3’s Raymond Daigle was burning our show reel to DVD. I had to hit the road in half an hour if I still hoped to pull into Abe Levy’s Hollywood Hills driveway in time to at least have a glass of wine...

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  • January 10, 2008 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 150

    We could be villains

    “Purple prose,” as they say, is the province of green writers, which I readily admit I once was. Purple and green were also the school colors of the continuation high school I attended for, like, half an hour, whose mascot was a...

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  • January 7, 2008 • Culture Dept. • Views: 152

    Fake Smarts Ain’t So Dumb

    I’ve been researching what I like to refer to as the “Frankenstein Factor,” which is one of the defining features of science fiction – essentially “play god and be smited” as per the fate of Dr. Frankenstein who gave a creature...

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