Category Archives: Navel Gazing

The One About the Time I Varnished Over the Birdshit

The house where I spent most of my childhood was considered old by California standards. It was built in 1937. Yes, I know what you are thinking: that you are still wearing underwear older than that house. So? Get used … Continue reading

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My Proust Questionnaire

Your favorite virtue: Patience mixed with persistence are the virtues that will not allow a good idea to be abandoned. Your favorite qualities in a man: Compassion, tenderness, and forgiveness Your favorite qualities in a woman: Empathy, toughness, and short … Continue reading

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I Am (Temporarily) at a Loss for Words

When you write in an office all day, you need to be able to clear your mind to write on your own account outside the office. Events and trends in the past few weeks have flooded my mind with so … Continue reading

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Meditations on Don Draper (Part 1)

I will admit to a fascination with Don Draper that borders on unhealthy. My “obsession” does not cross over to the dark side because I recognize that Don is a role model for an age that we should not remember … Continue reading

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The One About the Triple-Flutter Blast

I am not proud about this chapter in my life. However, the one saving grace about your shameful personal incidents, traits, or behaviors is that the noble, continental, erudite Benjamin Franklin more than likely shared the incident, trait, or behavior … Continue reading

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Living Alone (Part 4)

I do not think I could live without The New York Times. The Times is so fucking much better than most news outlets because they take journalism seriously. Sure, they are trying to make a buck, but I think they … Continue reading

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The One About the Time I Uttered a Racist Comment in Second Grade

“Look at that chocolate melting in the sun.” I uttered those words when I was eight years old. Looking back after more than 40 years, deconstructing that sentence has become an interesting exercise in East Coast, wine-sipping, Volvo-driving, self-loathing, liberal … Continue reading

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How I Will Remember Whitney

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3-hY-hlhBg

Still my favorite Whitney Houston video.

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The One Where I Occupied My High School Library

In olden days, high school libraries were run like Swiss banks, enveloped by seriousness of purpose, utterly lacking in distractions, dominated by rules to protect valuable contents. The librarians were like Swiss Guards, steel-eyed and born without the DNA to … Continue reading

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Your Wes Anderson Interlude

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNpVURAgG5g&feature=player_embedded

You’re welcome.

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