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  • January 8, 2016

    Thank you for the all the positive feedback I’ve received in the past week regarding my Top 100 Albums of 2015 list. Whether by e-mail, Facebook, comments and texts, you sure know how to make a guy feel like his website has more than ten readers! Even though I made mention of at the beginning of the post you might have glanced over my warning: no soundtracks […]

  • December 31, 2015

    Gone are the days when I would painstakingly – and sometimes painfully – describe each and every record included on my annual Top 100 list. One year when I was housesitting for Quiggs and Sebastian I spent 14 hours straight on their couch hunched over my laptop. Meanwhile their two dogs sat at my feet begging me to take them on a hike. Instead I let them […]

  • December 18, 2015

    Looking back on the craft beer scene at the end of 2015 is difficult because…it’s kind of a joke. I am surely not alone in thinking that at times I feel like a character in a game racing around Southern California trying to slay a dragon while ten thousand similar characters are on the hunt as well. If you don’t make it to every bottle release […]

  • December 11, 2015

    Woke up. Felt slightly chirpy, until I realized I’m a has-been writer whose blog attracts only a fraction of its once-sizable audience. It’s a good thing there’s more than enough food in this city to sustain me, because with out it I fear my sanity would be compromised. What’s more, I have DINNER CLUB to look forward to every month. If you’ve not read one of these […]

  • December 10, 2015

    In January of 2011 I posted a vignette about my grandfather, which was originally penned for a non-fiction writing class assignment during college. Since the publication of that post I haven’t learned much more about my grandfather’s ties to semi-pro baseball in Paterson, New Jersey. Nor have I found concrete evidence connecting him to names like Larry Doby (born Larry Walker) or Danny O’Connell. In fact, the only link I […]

  • November 29, 2015

    I’m back East now for a long Thanksgiving weekend. Well, it’s more like a Thanksgiving week, really. I flew in on a redeye that landed in Newark early Wednesday morning. After a Dunkin Donuts wake-up wrap (natch) I slept for an hour or two. The first order of business – which always seems to be the first item on my schedule when I fly […]