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Yucca Valley

Yucca Valley

It’s just after 11 a.m. on what will soon be a 104-degree day in the Mohave Desert and I’m riding a dirt bike for the first time in my life.

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2013 Reading List

2013 books

My favorite books I read in 2013 were absolutely incredible: Ernest Cline – Ready Player One; Jo Nesbø – Phantom; Kurt Andersen – True Believers; Chad Harbach – The Art of Fielding; and Justin St. Germain – Son of a Gun.

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Woody at 100

Woody at 100

The world, you see, as much as Woody transformed it, still needs a lot of work.

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Jimmy Cliff: Rebirth and Introduction

JimmyCliff

I love those moments when a new favorite emerges, when I’m held in rapture in dark of a hot theater on a summer night, when a string of songs I’ve never heard all seem like songs I know by heart. My reaction is usually along the lines of where has this band been? But when […]

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Portland

It’s certainly been postcard weather here in Portland this week. I haven’t visited in four years and I’m absolutely wondering why the hell not. This is green, warm summer glory in the Northwest. Old favorites have been first on the agenda since I got in on Tuesday: Ringler’s Annex, Floating World, and of course, Powell’s […]

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End of the Road Festival, part 1

End of the Road Festival, part 1

Two Arizona boys, galavanting at the End of the Road…

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