• January 10, 2015 • Culture Dept. • Views: 385

    Simulated Wood Grain is Holy

    I was riding a Golden Gate Transit ferry dubbed “Marin” (though a tourist was performing a portside re-christening of the vessel as “One Margarita Too Many”) when I noticed a beverage tray fixed between a pair of seats. What struck...

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  • December 14, 2014 • Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 478

    Twas a Wine Country Christmas

    When thoughts of my annual Christmas column bubble up ‘round this time of year, the resounding chorus “Tradition!” rings through my mind’s ear. The tune is, of course, the opening number of Fiddler on the Roof and is later...

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  • December 5, 2014 • Culture Dept. • Views: 607

    Indigo Go-Go Under the Rainbow

    At the risk of sounding like an 80s observational comic, it never occurred to me, until writing the derpy headline above, that Judy Garland sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in black and white. Thematically, it makes no difference —...

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  • November 22, 2014 • Culture Dept. • Views: 337

    If the shoe fits

    Per the photo, this is the brief moment when my son and I are like nesting dolls. Not only a favorite image of mine but an increasingly favorite pair of shoes. Reminds me of this bit from Stanford University’s Robin E. Rider in...

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  • November 11, 2014 • On Writing • Views: 360

    Fictional Universe as Personal Niche

    I distinctly remember the bright day in front of the Fig, ten years ago, when an editor lamented my fate as a “generalist.” That is to say, I was a writer without a particular niche. I had breadth in many subjects but depth in none,...

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  • October 18, 2014 • Culture Dept. • Views: 586

    Gone Girl Milks Sonoma County

    The fallout from taking my wife to see Gone Girl wasn’t that she would be inspired to destroy me by writing a fictional redux of our marriage (I’m doing fine with that myself), or that I had to to rid our home of boxcutters lest I find...

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  • October 16, 2014 • On Writing • Views: 477

    3 Brilliant Reasons to Serialize Your Novel

    The revolution will be serialized. As it’s always been. Much of episodic entertainment, from our favorite shows on Netflix or premium cable to the summertime superhero blockbusters, are issued in discrete elements that comprise a whole...

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  • From the Gen X Quotes file:

    “We blew it,” says the Baby Boom.
    “Who do we blow?” asks the Millennials.
    Gen X just blows.

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  • September 22, 2014 • Culture Dept. • Views: 551

    Autumnal Equinox 2014: Pride Before the Fall

    It’s September and temperatures are boiling the local mercury. It’s that time of year we call “Native American Summer,” or at least should, since “Indian Summer” makes no sense given that it’s monsoon season India (and I’m...

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  • “A reviewer may hate your style, or newspapers may neglect you, or 500 people may tell you that you are bitter, delusional and boring. Let me ask you this: in the big juicy Zorba scheme of things, who fucking cares?”– Anne Lamott

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