Hell on Wheels: A Review

Here’s another one of those, “I met this guy in LA, and it was really cool” stories. When I went off to LA in the beginning of February to escape and spend time writing at the UCLA Writers’ Studio, a colleague of mine here in DC put me in contact with a good friend of…

The Beauty of Difference

While I was out in LA a few weeks ago attending a Writers Studio novel writing class at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, I met a woman, also attending the class, who is Jewish and originally from Iran. She has lived in LA for much of her life, after deciding to stay in the US…

Don’t Bring Backpacks into the Getty

I landed in Los Angeles around noontime today, February 6, 2013. (I literally almost said June, which tells you where my mind is, or isn’t, or maybe it’s just a reflection on the amount of wine I drank at “Wine Hour” at my hotel.) Excited about the afternoon of leisure that I had awaiting me…