Were Postcards America’s First Form of Social Media?

Before We Posted Our Family Christmas Photo on Facebook, We Mailed Images of Our Idealized Selves and Lives to the People We Loved

My great-grandmother, who was born in the 1880s, passed away when I was about 11 years old. Looking back, it is fairly obvious now that she was a hoarder on …


A Prodigal Son Glimpses Salvation On the Road to L.A.

“First order of business on any long drive is to find yourself a shield,” I say to no one in particular as I rev up my car. …

Singing Hallelujah with Hundreds of Angelenos

Why You’ll Find me at the Claremont Sing-Along Messiah on Sunday (For the 32nd Year in a Row)

On Sunday, the wood-paneled concert hall at Pomona College will be filled with people from Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties singing George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” I’ve taken …

Just Another Band from L.A.

A Fictional Journey West from Baltimore

“Music is the only religion that delivers the goods …”

-Frank Zappa, born in Baltimore, died in Los Angeles


Cherry stole the Apicellas’ still-smells-like-new Ford Granada a couple …

Santa’s Little Hater

Coming To Terms With Christmas, the Holiday I Wish I Could Love

I hate Christmas, but it has a hold on me. I hate the holiday music playing in every store and try to stay the hell away from malls. I hate …