In the dream, I’m walking in the woods with a young girl. We come to a rapidly flowing river. The girl jumps in and immediately disappears beneath the surface. There’s nothing I […]
244. Into the Deep End
My uncle died last week. Gone. Kaput. No more of this Earth. Dying is a popular trend at the moment: David Bowie, Glenn Frey, my uncle. All the cool kids are doing […]
243. Tropic of Courtroom
I received a jury summons. Aside from visits to the DMV this marked the first time I’d butted up against government and its processes. Friends recommended various strategies for avoiding jury duty–act […]
242. Came Home Last Night There Was Fire and Smoke on the TV
Perry Farrell had a new band, and they were playing in the desert outside of L.A.
241. James Gets His Nipple Pierced
After the riots, the producers of The Looters found themselves without a movie title, but one of the film’s stars had a solution.
240. Anarchy Is Loosed
The next morning I awoke and ran back up to the roof of the Su Casa Apartments to see how the riots were progressing. I could see the fires making their way […]
239. They’ll Slam Ya Down to the Street Top
I would be exaggerating if I told you that everyone in Los Angeles had an LAPD story back in ’92, but it sure seemed like it.
So long, Scott Weiland
What follows is a bit of a Why It Matters spoiler, so if that’s something that matters to you this is a good time to bail out.
238. Surprise Surprise (So You Rubbed Your Eyes)
I woke up this morning thinking about Urban Dance Squad. There aren’t many mornings where I’m awakened by thoughts of Dutch funk rock bands that haven’t been mentioned in American popular culture […]
The True Meaning of Thanksgiving (It’s Not What You Think)
Thanksgiving mattered for one reason when I was a kid, and it’s not what you think.