Downtown Dialogues: Beer Is Culture

Note: this article first appeared on Downtown Dialogues: Beer Is Culture The newly opened Seaport Studios hosted a one-of-a-kind evening for any beer lover: an in-depth conversation with Sixpoint Brewery Manager Danny Bruckert about the craft of beer making.  Bruckert, who received his brewing education at the American Brewers Guild, shared detailed knowledge on the many factors that go into designing a beer.   … Continue reading Downtown Dialogues: Beer Is Culture

Feelin’ It: on Bernie, NYC, and turning 30

Two girls asked me, and proceeded to give me the designated phone with the camera set to selfie mode. I went to take a picture, the blonde saying and laughing, “I guess you can take a picture of yourself.” To which in my indignation I replied, “I’m sorry, I thought I was taking a picture of you, with my sign.”

Millennial psychology is pretty twisted, sometimes. Continue reading Feelin’ It: on Bernie, NYC, and turning 30

Across the Pond: Christmas in London

Christmas Eve Santa Claus is coming to town. Christmas lights, too, although in mostly pale blue. There is a considerable lack of tacky, blow-up, light-up anthropomorphic ornaments because they’re aren’t many front lawns in Greater London.  Shopping on Christmas Eve is perhaps even more anxiety-inducing: the shops and markets close by 4PM. For produce my parents and I went to Borough Market in Southwark, near London … Continue reading Across the Pond: Christmas in London

The Other Corner Part Two

It’s tough not to have preconceptions. “In New York, this. In New York, that.” Regardless of the subject, (be it bagels or fashion), the statement was often a profession of what was the best, or which was the smartest/most efficient way to do something.  I used to find that formulaic phrase very annoying.  While its annoyance has not completely evaporated for me, I realize my reaction was about … Continue reading The Other Corner Part Two

The Other Corner: PS1 Books Inspire

One Sunday ago, after work I strolled over to witness the mass of artists, publishers, and small presses at MoMA PS1 for the New York Art Book Fair.  This was my first. It retained the excitement of the book fairs that would pop up every year at my elementary school–a temporary store of colorful, educational tools which would be a class requirement to attend. Except at … Continue reading The Other Corner: PS1 Books Inspire

the other corner

The streets are streets, and the grocery stores have Smart Water, but it is deeply unfamiliar.  I think I experience the ebb more like a thrust, a rubber band slingshot to New York, not being able to see the return trajectory of the rubber band back towards LA.  I land, and I jump into a furiously flowing current, routines and jobs at full speed.  My overarching feeling in preparation … Continue reading the other corner

I came to mourn the laughter

Here at Robin Williams’s star, it felt like trying to see the Mona Lisa.  It was packed like sardines with tourist families and fans, all reaching above heads to try and snap a photo of the vigil. Reporters were next to me prepping for their segments with their crews, some interviewing asking people “Why have you come to Robin Williams’s star today?”  I came to … Continue reading I came to mourn the laughter

Beauty & Difficulty of One Day at a Time

On my lunch break of a ham baguette sandwich, I hear familiar sounds coming from across the street.  On the stage in the corner farthest away from inside the cafe, there is a peekaboo space between pieces of bamboo in the thicket fence.  It’s the familiar sound coming from the Montessori preschool across the street at 3PM on a weekday. But first, the stern tone … Continue reading Beauty & Difficulty of One Day at a Time

MILF on Trial: My jury duty experience

In the Fall of 2008 I served on a jury for a civic trial for 6 days.  I was happy to take days off from work to do my duty, and participate in the pinky finger of democracy.  It was right before the election.  Shepard Fairey’s “HOPE” was everywhere, and the first round of Prop 8 yard signs were on display.  After enduring a full … Continue reading MILF on Trial: My jury duty experience