Archive for January, 2011

~portals to the present~

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

A twilight walk at the end of a very fine and changeful week. Much social flurry, many library treasures, experiments in Asian cooking, heartfelt talking, late night reading, slowly, organically finding a rhythm in the new year in our still newish city. Above and below is Lloyd Lake in Golden Gate Park. The black and […]


Saturday, January 29th, 2011

We tried our first steamed sticky cake–Nian Gao–eaten around Chinese New Year to appease the Kitchen God and bring good luck (The Chinese word 粘 (nián) is a homonym for both sticky and year, and the word 糕 (gāo) is a homonym for cake and high). Some cherry blossoms in the Presidio and brewing of […]

~smell of green~

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

A day spent exploring the Tennessee Valley. Hauled booty up the mountain. Smelled many woody, herbacious smells, sneakers covered in mud, eyes photosynthes-vivling in that way they do in the presence of green-on-green-on-green. Lost Ali’s 40s vintage opera scarf, found it. Decided to haul further to Nick’s Cove. Sang a little from Stevie’s Music of […]

~moon cake~

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Afternoon spent in Chinatown, flâneuring about.

~edge of the world~

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

After a month away, home again. Immediate need to greet the silvery sea. The Camera Obscura built in 1946 and pictured above is the last remaining structure from Playland-at-the-Beach. Below, the view from the CO from Life Magazine, 1954. I feel the ghosts of my novel’s heroine and my own past out here.

~greetings from an old friend~

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Waiting mural by Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel, 1999. San Francisco International airport. Detail here. Below, a Los Angeles grid.

~nyc addendum: all stars donuts~

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

“Wannadonut?” Ali slyly asks as we circle our neighborhood, looking for milk for morning coffee or a parking space, whichever comes first. This is how post Taxi-Subway-Airtrain-JFK-SFO-Bart the kids hit terre ferme and immediately homing pigeoned to All Stars Donuts. The inside sign looks at first glance like Donuts & Drunks, which is what you’d […]

~nyc day twenty: goodbye skyscraper national park~

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

~nyc day nineteen: ghost lanterns~

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Last full day in NY. Lamb shwarma at Kuti’s and a walk through Morningside Heights and Central Park.

~nyc day eighteen: bklyn~

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Brooklyn: saw Fred Tomaselli show and walked through Prospect Park after a brunch at Dressler. Then hosted evening with friends that eventually (d)evolved into wigtime. Splendid day.

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