Sunday, August 21, 2016

Go West Project - Jackson and Robin

Obsessed with Pokemon Go,
Jackson eagerly abandoned his backyard swimming  pool
for an opportunity to master the game.
Strolling past booths of ripe summer produce at the Hollywood Farmers Market
he pointed his mother's iphone at everything in his path.
Hovering over a bushel of tomatoes, a creature.
Squeals of delight.
Jackson's enthusiasm cascaded when the last pokeball was used.
The balloon man twisting a multi colored mermaid for a girl in a cape was no
match for augmented reality.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Before The Fall

Noah Hawley's new book, BEFORE THE FALL,
is constructed on a premise I often think about --
what events conspire to bring a group of people together, sometimes strangers,
on an ill-fated plane ride.
The plane is a private one flying from The Vineyard to Teterboro.
Two out of ten survive, and the book flashes between the past and present,
fleshing out the characters while piecing together what or who caused the crash.
Hawley is best known for his TV adaptation of Fargo. 
This doesn't quite meet that gold standard, but it's still quite good.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Silverlake at Sunset

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Go West Project - Holly

When deep in thought Holly unconsciously sticks out her tongue,
a tell tale sign to those her around that her mind is at play in the deep forest of imagination.
Trance-like she stares
at the children dancing around the man with long dreadlocks who is playing drums.
She wants to join in, throw her hands up in the air,
but something holds her back.

Summer Reading

Since I don't get to the water's edge very often
beach reads are a state of mind.
However, these two books are perfect summer novels --
compelling characters, accomplished prose, and engaging storytelling.

Friday, August 12, 2016


Kicked off the weekend with a picnic at LACMA.
Listening to jazz under a rising moon and setting sun.