Occupy Links

22. November 2011 here now 0
Former poet laureate of the United States Robert Hass on getting beaten up, along with his wife and his students, at Occupy Cal. Helium balloons carry tents over Sproul Plaza. A moving piece by writer Joshua Hardina on Occupy Riverside, and Sonali Kolhatkar on the strange bedfellows of Occupy Los Angeles. Gary Kamiya, on Salon.com, ...

A Defining Moment

21. November 2011 here now 1
Dear K., I saw a picture of you online. You were getting arrested at Occupy Wall Street. Do you remember the night in Boston when you tried to convince me to drive with you to the protests in Seattle? A defining moment for our generation, you told me. Later, on the weekend in that borrowed ...

Occupy the University

13. November 2011 here now 0
One of my students showed up at office hours to talk about the protests. She wanted to tell me about the general assembly. She wanted to know: Why did thousands of people turn out at Cal, and only hundreds in Irvine? What should she say to her roommates who don’t understand why it’s important? They tell ...

Occupy

07. November 2011 here now 4
H. played with the stacks of flyers printed up with “What to do if you’re arrested!”  and “Know your rights.” P. stood in front of a small crowd that grew as he spoke. He told them about how it’s illegal to carry a stick at a protest. Who you call to monitor protests, what to ...

Sunset at Dawn

25. September 2011 here now 2
Friday is bright, with cumulus clouds piling over the mountains, the kind of light that makes you notice things. I notice that an actor has just plastered the telephone poles in my neighborhood with black and white postcards of his headshots. RIK MARTINO. He looks stereotypically Italian, in his forties or fifties. On the back ...

Cocktails: Part One — Recipes

18. July 2011 here now 0
I welcome the return of classic cocktail, and I enjoy recreations of the bartending culture we destroyed with Prohibition. But I am not a purist. I see no reason not to improvise, infuse, muddle. It’s not a living art if no one is experimenting. Memory is in your nose. Escape is in your tongue. Societies ...

So You Think You Can Dance

12. June 2011 here now 16
Two sisters audition together. They are black. They’re built with thick hips and strong hands. They dance together, the only couple on the show. They incorporate African dance into their routine. They are easy with each other, best friends, they say they push each other to excel. One is a slightly larger version of the ...

City of Angels

07. June 2011 here now 0
Today on the way home, Harper asked me: “Where is the man with flowers?” We were at a stoplight, just past the coin-operated carwash, before the derelict deli with the fading sign in the shape of a giraffe. The telephone poles on either side of us were covered in bright green posters, band names like ...

LAX / Mazatlán

27. May 2011 here now 4
All of the seats in the waiting area are taken so I sit on the floor near the garbage cans. But then a man in shorts and a cowboy hat walks by and says, “Road block!!” He was talking to his wife. But still, I get up. The flight at the next gate is leaving ...