It’s About Time for Your Zócalo Rhyme

2014 Gets a Look Back—from Global Conflicts to the Sony Hack

Christmas lights are being taken down,
The Rose Parade is coming to town.
New Year’s resolutions are looming fast:
All signs another year has passed.

But before we bid 2014 adieu,
Here’s a gift from the Zócalo crew—
We’re remembering 12 months in verse,
The great, the strange, the very worst.

An Ebola epidemic became a crisis; our media erupted in fear.
Thousands died in West Africa; two people died here.
Boko Haram militants kidnapped girls in Nigeria.
Protests wracked Ukraine, so Russia annexed Crimea.

Shots were exchanged, lives were taken, world war …

Stephen Francis Jones

A Restaurant Architect Who Can Sex Up Dinner Time at the Mall

Having grown up in New Jersey, I’m no stranger to mall dining. In middle school, my friends and I spent many Saturday afternoons consuming pizza slices and garlic knots on …

When Life (and Death) and Work Collide

Remembering, and Missing, Our Colleague Charita Law

Zócalo is not an easy place to work. It’s a place where a small group of people is asked to do difficult things on a daily basis, and where those …

A Year to Revere

As 2013 Draws to a Close, You Deserve Something Better Than Prose

In between gift-giving and watching Oscar contenders,
Listening to Beyoncé and holiday party benders,
Zócalo took a break to take a look back in time,
To bid a fond farewell …

’Tis the End of the Year, Lend Us Your Ear

Zócalo Advances Its Mission In Rhyming Tradition

If we do something twice, is it a Los Angeles tradition?
For the second year in a row, we’ve decided to commission
A poem to commemorate and celebrate 12 months …

Letting Go of Philip Roth

Thoughts On the Retirement Of the Genius Who Immortalized My New Jersey World

I grew up surrounded by Rothschilds (the judge and his wife), Roths (owners of a chain of urban sneaker stores, they made a fortune off many iterations of Air Jordans), …