Category Archives: reading

Hooray for Hollywood

There’s nothing I love better than showing people around my city, so I was extremely excited to be on the other side of the interview for this month’s“Ask a Local” feature in Sunset, talking about some of the lesser-known Hollywood gems. (Like … Continue reading

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Haterating the “Most/Least Overrated Things in Los Angeles”

Now this, as George Bailey might say, is a very interesting situation. Here we have a pair of articles, one featuring the typical LA smack talk, and another with a point-by-point rebuttal—together they’re the ultimate Tastes Great-Less Filling for civic … Continue reading

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Raaaaaaaaaaain!

I’ve lived here almost 12 years and I’ve only seen it rain in July a handful of times. Two of those times were yesterday. And last night, I woke up to this: Never, ever ever ever, ever seen a real … Continue reading

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Five things to know about The Big Parade

This weekend I’ll be logging somewhere around 20 miles and 50 or so public stairways on my FuelBand as part of the massive urban walk from downtown to the Hollywood sign known as the Big Parade. This is my fifth parade—daaaaamn!—and although I’m … Continue reading

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A face only a mother could love

Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to one very good-looking mom, from one very weird looking baby. She still looks pretty much exactly like this photo of her, by the way. And sometimes I still look exactly like I do … Continue reading

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The Medium is the message

As a kind of post-CicLAvia/pre-Bike Week commemoration, I published my first piece over on Medium this week, which happens to be about biking. Medium is a new platform for reading and writing and I couldn’t be more excited to use … Continue reading

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Haterating “Leaving Los Angeles”

When I posted yesterday’s inaugural LA Haters post, I honestly thought it would be a series I’d add to maybe once or twice a month. Little did I know that more anti-LA vitriol was already seeping out of the internet … Continue reading

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KCRW reporters have great names, too

Earlier this week I read a story that you might have seen as well: Why NPR (and PRI and American Public Media) reporters have such great names like Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Renee Montagne, Ira Glass, Chana Joffe-Walt, Dina Temple-Raston, Guy Raz, Kai Ryssdal, Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, Neda … Continue reading

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Hi Los Angeles Hater! Rating “LA’s Alternate Realities”

Every few weeks a big story about Los Angeles lands on the internet, hoping to deliver the ultimate citywide diss while lazily employing half-century-old stereotypes. Usually we laugh it off because we’re shallow losers and, like, who has time to read … Continue reading

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The world’s biggest City Walks Architecture: New York fan

As most of you remember, a few years back I wrote City Walks Architecture: New York, which may very well be the most important deck of cards ever written about New York architecture. Yes, I said cards, because the brilliance … Continue reading

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