Monthly Archive: July 2002

Finally

Finally

A little note to offer a great big welcome to Mitchell, who has, after incessant nagging and pleading, finally joined the booming ranks of escribitionists with his journal, “Chalkdust.” “I’m going to work myself through this time in my life as I try to figure what’s important and what I’m...

U-Haul Does Hawaii

U-Haul Does Hawaii

Turns out the Aloha State was one of twenty-seven “Venture Across America” destinations featured recently by U-Haul. The Hawaii section — which, like all the others, features a pretty well-done Flash feature — includes a coloring book and computer wallpaper. Notably, the main presentation focuses on the “alien invasion” — the...

It was a Dark and Stormy Night

It was a Dark and Stormy Night

The 2002 winners of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest — which recognizes exceptionally bad writing — were announced yesterday. I love these awards… the literary equivalent to Black’s “Worst-Dressed List.” While an Oakland woman (Ms. Rephah Berg) took top honors, my favorite among the finalists was Mr. Charles Howland of St....

Towers and Shadows

Towers and Shadows

Plans are expected to be revealed today that outline several possible uses of the former site of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. “The plans include from two to six office towers, some topped by glass-clad see-through structures, several hundred feet high, to evoke the twin towers. Several include...

Overhaul

Overhaul

Well! Have a baby and you do all sorts of wacky things. You fall asleep standing in the kitchen. You come up with whole new measurement systems to make the amount of time slept in the last week sound really long. And you get sick, get wired on cold medicine,...