Archive for January, 2014

How to spend a Thursday downtown

First, you go see the Angels Flight Railway, the shortest railroad in the world (and probably the steepest). It’s not functioning right now, so you can’t take a ride, but you can look at it.   Then, you walk across the street to the Grand Central Market. You poke around at the various stalls, looking […]

Winter Songs 2014

Winter's songs 2014 from seroquel on 8tracks Radio. Hello loved ones! It’s time again. Here are the songs that really got under my skin these last few months. Some are immediately adorable. You will play them over and over. Others are messier. But you’ll learn to love them too. Give this mix a little time. […]

Halfway ’round the lake

Running: I feel like starting out with some grumpy denials. Foremost, I am not running because I like it, nor do I have any plans to like it, which is childish and self-defeating, but there you are. I will not spend a small fortune on shoes. Also no matter what else happens, even if it […]

Sportz talk

For the one or two sports fans here, I present a sports/comedy podcast starring comedian Erin Foley and your own L. Parrish.

#np Frisk Frugt

A little sweetness to start your week … via Bandcamp: Frisk Frugt is the work of a Danish explorer called Anders Lauge Meldgaard: a man who loads up his optimist’s dinghy full of brass, self-made mechanical instruments and other inspired sound gadgets, and sets sail on music’s diverse waves of opportunity. “Dansktoppen…” (apparently translated as […]

Mirrors

Movies in 2013

Hi everyone and happiest of 2014s to you all. Here are a bunch of movies that I saw in 2013 that I really enjoyed. Top 10 Movies I Saw This Year Her In A World… Inside Llewyn Davis Mud Short Term 12 Spectacular Now 12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street The World’s […]

How to spend a Wednesday in West Hollywood

First, you go to the Pacific Design Center.   Then, you go into the Pacific Design Center and start going up the stairs, so you can see some views.   Then, you go back down and into the little brown box that is the MOCA branch in West Hollywood, to see if there are any […]

Beirut notebook

This clip contains one of my earliest media memories of international politics. I remember the hostage crisis in Iran just a few years earlier than this, and I seem to have some vague memory of soldiers kissing the ground on their arrival back from Vietnam, a few years before that. I remember talk, at least, […]

Advice upon arriving in Beijing

Cleaning out some files in the garage, I came across this letter. I must have written it not long after arriving in Beijing via the trans-Siberian railway in June of 1989, expecting that my friends would be coming soon after. It appears here mildly edited. Dear J & M – Important Beijing things that Lonely […]