“Stay in bed. Float upstream.”

People have always told me Stopping by a Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Frost, is a longing for life to end. I don’t buy it. But since high school I’ve been pretty sure I’m Only Sleeping is only pretending not to be about crushing, paralytic, suffocating depression. “Keeping an … Continue reading

Ghost Sighting

Saw a ghost saturday morning. NE corner of Winfield and Almaden Expressway. Just some steam, like rises off of the reservoir across the street. But there was no steam rising off of anything that morning, except for the traffic island on the NE corner of Winfield and Almaden Expressway. I … Continue reading


Apropos of nothing: Sinatra is all about the arrangers, so: Sings for Only the Lonely, for Nelson Riddle; Come Fly With Me for Billy May, and September of My Years, for Gordon Jenkins. Don’t totally disrespect Alex Stordhal, if you can help it, but still. Long story. Lot of those … Continue reading

“Be a shame, there was a fire…”

“It existed from 1853 until 1964, when the last of the residents were forced out to make way for an industrial park, with such parks dominating the area to this day. During the time the residents fought removal under eminent domain statutes, many of the buildings were destroyed by acts … Continue reading

Long Live the Mall, Apparently

Big plans at Valley Fair: “Malls in the end recognize that their biggest competitor is online,” Davidowitz said. “But Amazon can’t give you a workout. Amazon can’t feed you a meal cooked by a chef and can’t bring food to your movie. What they’re doing is stuff that Amazon and … Continue reading