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


A Bird-inspired album that doesn’t actually have any Charlie Parker tunes. That’s weird, but it’s good so far, and anyway, 2015 is like that. Bird with no bird. Comic book stores have survived, but the comic book companies, especially Marvel and DC, especially Marvel, seem like they start their titles over … Continue reading

The Bank of Italy Building

Interesting short video about the history of the Bank of Italy/Bank of America building downtown. Harder to see it, and others, like the De Anza hotel, behind the glass condo towers that are rising to the north of them, but they’re still there.

Where the Name Comes From

Wikipedia Know, that on the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California very close to the side of the Terrestrial Paradise; and it is peopled by black women, without any man among them, for they live in the manner of Amazons. So Mr. Phelan named his … Continue reading