The 2022 Guide of West LA’s Top 5 Burgers

I’m only one stomach in the sea of many. But having built my palette resume over San Francisco and New York, I’m excited to share with you my Los Angeles faves. For my sanity, I’ve focused mainly on the West Side LA, and will expand slowly from there. No. 1

The Odyssey of Watching STALKER (1979) and Dreams

Director Andrei Tarkovsky’s sci-fi epic had been sitting on my to-watch for some time. By sheer chance, I read the Strugatsky brothers’ Roadside Picnic, which Stalker is based on. There are SPOILERS ahead for both Stalker and Picnic. Both works share the “stalker” concept, with subtle nuances. In Stalker, they’re

The Best Chess Moments In Queen’s Gambit

“My tranquility needs to be refurbished.” Alma Wheatley When you play a lot of chess, you start recognizing what “Hollywood” dresses up in films to increase drama or exaggerate details to cue the audience what is happening in a game. So when Queen’s Gambit arrived on Netflix, it went to

Once Upon a Time Dream

Writer’s note: Something I wrote up during a 45-minute free-writing session. The prompt was “grasping.” Mechanical watches are useless in this dream because time moves faster for only you when you’re aware of the time. Emotions play a big part in time movement, too. Anger accelerates time in most cases,

“The Herd is On the Move”

Maybe because I’m going back on the warpath that I’m noticing an interesting trend among my Valley peers that have been “in the game” since the 2010s: we’re building again. This part is choked with anecdotes, but hear me out. COVID has “reset” our social and cultural patterns, which in

Bookshelf

Last updated: Oct 2020 Sure, I could be other blogs where they throw 1,000+ titles to show breadth. Instead, I’d rather lightly pitch why each piece is time well spent, and share my core reading culture. These are all worth a physical paperback/hardcover copy. Nonfiction Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

A 2020 Guide to What’s Left of Downtown NYC Burgers

2020 was supposed to be a record $899 billion dining-boom before COVID-19 happened. By May it wrenched into a $120 billion reversal loss, which the National Restaurant Association is predicting to go up to $240 billion by year’s end. A lot of good restaurants are closing up for good. Are

About Hana and Social Media Bullying

Many of you have mixed opinions on reality television that evolved from the Newlyweds or Survivor days. Some believe it’s a waste of time, others think it’s a good learning tool on societal behaviors. Terrace House was our family’s gateway drug to reality television. Up until now, it was a

White Charcoal Sketches of Roman Sculpture

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