Art Show in a Dojo

By on Nov 2, 2015 in art, los angeles

Our 4th Art Show in a Dojo. I’ll have my art & gifts there at the super discounted friends and family rate. Hope to see you there.


By on Jul 28, 2015 in los angeles

It’s summer in Los Angeles and lately you can really feel it. It’s hot and very sunny. People are flocking to the beaches in droves. Various factors have me spending time by the beach and so I am absorbing the beach culture without fully feeling myself to be a part of it. I love the ocean but not so much the sun worship and the beachwear, so I find myself to be somewhat detached and amused and sometimes wishing I was in NYC wearing a black coat and popping into a museum somewhere. I was watching Penny Dreadful recently, a Showtime mini series set in Victorian London that is I guess billed as erotic gothic horror. It is both beautiful and terrifying. The horror part is, like my response to the essence of beach culture, also something I don’t usually go for but I really loved what they were doing with the acting and the cinematography and the clothing, etc. Anyway, have...

Almost Got Me

By on Apr 25, 2015 in los angeles

What I’ve been thinking about lately is how I have this towel, that I bought a few years ago in Santa Fe, that cost $60. For the life of me I can’t remember or understand why it was $60, or what possessed me to buy a towel that cost this much. It’s a nice towel, but it’s not THAT nice. It’s dark brown, a decent size, and it is made up of these little loops of thread (thread that is spun from very rare sphinx moths bred specifically to make dark brown luxury towel thread, only on the third new moon of every year?) that catch on things and gets stretched out. Every time this happens I curse the towel gods and I think about how I want a refund. It’s an issue of worth, right? Of value. And perception of value. And how much money you have to burn on things like overpriced towels. So you can feel pumped up about yourself, secretly, as you emerge from the shower, a new person, and the towel,...

the last bookstore

By on Mar 1, 2015 in los angeles, poetry

This weekend a semi-spontaneous excursion to a store called The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. I don’t know if it is the last bookstore but it might as well be. We got stuck in some traffic going there and I thought: This might be the last bookstore I ever visit because I might implode right here on the freeway while driving 2mph. But eventually we made it there. Me and two book loving teenagers whom I know through association. (It’s not true that no one reads books any more, and it’s encouraging to me to actually know young people who read and love books in the same way I did and that I do. This proves to me that there must indeed be a God.) It was night time and fairly sketchy walking downtown after 8pm. Not super sketchy, but a little bit sketchy. The bookstore is a huge building with two levels of books, some small art galleries, a labyrinth, an immense...

I’m Building a Relationship With the Light Between Here and There

By on Jan 5, 2015 in los angeles

I have the habit of walking the same stretch of land very frequently and recently I shifted the time of the walk from morning to late afternoon, so I can catch the sunset. I am wondering how many ways there are to look at the same thing. With this variation of light and the ocean, it’s both subtle and infinite. Today I skipped the ocean and was walking in a nearby park and started to write a poem in my head related to the color of the light as the sun was setting. The sky was multicolored and fantastic in the direction of…the ocean. I was very sad I picked today of all days to skip the ocean! I have been hoping for something more dramatic visually and today would have been one of those days. Ah, I will keep trying. And in the meantime, it feels very much like I am building a slow and subtle relationship with the light that falls between where I’m standing at the shore...

but the light is still beautiful

By on Jan 2, 2015 in los angeles


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