Archive for February, 2008

Idle thoughts on a working life

Throw a party, break a few wine glasses, I can replace them with handblown stems even more beautiful.  What about your brother-in-law sleeping on that old camp cot? Even if he does stay too long, isn’t it time to buy a new sofa bed? Imagine those tulips arrayed in a perfectly fluted vase or a […]

Disarmingly decorative

If you’re in New York tomorrow evening, you could do worse than to drop by the opening of our very own Lane Twitchell’s new show at Roebling Hall in Chelsea. (At the very least, go see it before it closes in a month.)From the press release: In the Project Room, Roebling Hall is pleased to […]

Thursday playlist: “The One to Beat” edition

David Archuleta, Murray, UT, age 17. The new Donny Osmond? [youtube][/youtube] Any additional thoughts on dropping the opening verses? He kept them here, when he was only 13: [youtube][/youtube] Marketing like that + talent like that = shoe in shoo in? [Ed: oops.] Whatever the case, that’s a risky song choice, for any number of […]

Just the facts, ma’am

Last year I picked up some part-time tutoring to make a little extra money. After growing discontented with the company I was working for, I decided to see if I could work independently, freelancing for a few hours a week. I live near a fairly well-to-do area of LA, so I figured perhaps I could […]

The Welcome Home Band

It is 1971. I am nearly four years old. My mother has driven my brother and me to an airplane hangar in Alameda, California, where my father is scheduled to fly his Navy jet in from somewhere or another. Dad has been gone for six months, a big chunk of my young life. I remember […]

Stumbling into someone else’s karaoke bar

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,” my friend Dave wrote at the head of his birthday invitation. Karaoke, wilds of Brooklyn, at a place that was decidedly un-hip. The Carriage House. Sounded more like a place to get married — and how wild could the wilds of Brooklyn be if we were still talking Park […]

Stella and the sea creatures

Stella visited an island and went kayaking on the sea. She saw a white heron hiding in the trees And a sunken house with many seabirds. The water was shallow and matted with sea grass. A sea hare lived in the water. He inked Stella’s hands. A sea urchin crawled across her palm. She kayaked […]

Thursday playlist: Country time, mostly

1. Out Of The Silence (Came A Song) – Porter Wagoner 2. Listen To The Radio – Nanci Griffith 3. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – The Byrds 4. Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) – Loretta Lynn 5. Sin City – The Flying Burrito Brothers 6. Harper Valley P.T.A. – Jeannie […]

I am breaking this one

I recently received the following chain email. You stay up for 16 hours He stays up for days on end. You take a warm shower to help you wake up. He goes days or weeks without running water. You complain of a “headache”, and call in sick. He gets shot at as others are hit, […]

In a world where bits of information travel freely over vast networks of tubes…

I heard that kids these days have started using their computers for crazy purposes, like making music and setting it to video. It turns out that with a bit of software and a few spare hours, I, too, can make my own movies, which I then can upload to YouTube for the whole world to […]