Recipe for a Cable Cook-off

    In some ways, I feel more American now that I don’t live in America.  Case in point: I now have a TV and 70 channels.  Granted, half the stations don’t come in well enough to watch them and stay sane, and half of the rest are in Bahasa—but even so it’s still considerably… Continue reading Recipe for a Cable Cook-off

Interview with New York

When I met him, it was a warm day in June, hazy and humid under skyscrapers and drifting clouds.  I rode right into his belly on the New Jersey transit, and was immediately struck by his bravado, by his artistic gaze, by his gaudiness and his pull-back-your-sleeves-and-get-busy work ethic rolled up into one.  Right away… Continue reading Interview with New York

DC: City of __________

So there’s the City of Lights, the City by the Bay, the City on Seven Hills, the Windy City, the City that Never Sleeps, but returning from a couple days in Washington, I’m left wondering about a fitting nickname for this little mystery. “City of Marble” quickly comes to mind—after all, you can’t go a… Continue reading DC: City of __________

Kadillac Ranch — Amarillo TX

The grills are buried so symmetrically and fins spiked so precisely, so aligned, that in the whip of earthbound dust and heave of heaven’s blue, we know it’s by design.   We gather there, we passing masses dragged from freeway travel, all to leave our mark on rusted hulls, these psychedelic flags which speak to… Continue reading Kadillac Ranch — Amarillo TX

I Swear It’s Not Another Food Blog

For a guy moving himself off to Jakarta in a month, I’ve eaten surprisingly little Indonesian food—none, in fact, because Google knows of no place within a hundred miles serving such fare.  So it was a fateful day indeed when Andy and I stumbled across a some-assembly-required salsa packet for Nasi Goreng. And so this… Continue reading I Swear It’s Not Another Food Blog