Moonlight Walk in Seoul.


Let us go for a moonlight walk in Seoul. Put on your mask, there is still a pandemic going on. Everyone else is wearing one, because it is a responsible and civil gesture, protecting oneself and others. Let us go walking on spotless streets.  See the others walk past us. Everyone is trim, they seem…

Escaping the Haze

No Vaccine, Adelaide Dr.

Seeking to escape the haze and home confinement, we went where we used to go on Sunday in normal times: Santa Monica. We parked on one of the wide, flat streets north of Montana, away from crowds. And we walked in masks that we imagined shielded us from dangers visible and invisible. At Adelaide and…

Beauty in Banality


The Drawings of Martinet and Texereau Zoé Textereau (b.1986) and Pauline Martinet (b.1987) are two artists from Paris, France whose oeuvre is composed of graphite drawings of many places they have visited, among them Los Angeles. I found their work on Instagram. Their architectural drawings of Los Angeles find beauty in banality. Perhaps because there are…

Today’s Uber Ride.


Today’s Uber ride starred Anthony, formerly of Spanish Harlem, who picked me up at a neighbor’s house in his gray Toyota Prius on Hamlin St. for the 35-minute pool ride to Studio City. A friendly, chatty, 40-year-old New Yorker in dreadlocks, he started off by ignoring an incoming phone call from “my best friend” who…

Needed: Slow Paced, Dreamy, Moody Worker


We are looking for a slow-paced, day-dreaming, moody worker who does not have it all together, and cannot define themselves in a single sentence. The atmosphere in our company is relaxed, courteous, clean, casual but introspective. There is jazz or classical music playing, and the bosses trust you to execute work without them losing their…

“Once on a High and Windy Hill….”


Over the weekend, I was invited to a wake held in a family home somewhere up high in the hills of Sherman Oaks.  The house was set at the end of an ascending private driveway. But it was not an exclusive house, the intimidating kind we imagine these days. I saw no cameras or threatening…