Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

MOTIONAL BLUR: OCTOBER 4







“A nonpareil road novel that winds up packing a real emotional punch.”

T.C. Boyle 
Best Selling Novelist


"Quick shots of shiny wit and ironic twists on the road to surprising reveals."

Thomas Sanchez
Best Selling Novelist


"Makes one want to believe in all the good speculations about the world: God, soul, beauty, kindness, meaning."

Peter Benbow
Educator


"Motional Blur appealingly evokes comparison with the 'Gonzo' journalism of Hunter S. Thompson and the travel writing of William Least Heat Moon."

William Moloney
Educator


"A first-rate novel that would make an excellent road-trip film.  I couldn't wait to get back to it in the morning after a night's sleep."

Jim Buckley
Editor, Montecito Journal





Sunday, July 10, 2016

WEST HOLLYWOOD PLAYTIME







BEST BURGER IN THE LA-AREA







Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.






From Wikipedia:

The main attraction turned out to be the Office Burger, a patty of fine dry-aged beef topped with caramelized onions, Gruyère and Maytag cheeses, applewood-smoked bacon compote and arugula served on a soft roll.

Sang Yoon is infamous for allowing no substitutions or alterations of any type on the food served at Father's Office, including no ketchup.


LA BREA BAKERY CAFE






The best bread this side of France.










THE BEVERLY-WILSHIRE






The older I get, the better I appreciate an elegant washroom.





Saturday, July 9, 2016

THE OLD 'HOOD






The 100 block, N. Palm Drive.

On a Saturday evening fifty years ago, this street would be teeming with kids.






Toto's favorite spot to do his duty as a dog.






The old alley, where we'd play "Ditch," wall climbing and hop-scotching through neighbors' yards.



(But the people here aren't real anymore.)



EARTHSHINE






TIME FOR DALI







Time matters not in dreams.



ROOM WITH A VIEW: LA SKYLINE






Another clump of humanity. 

Saw a tee-shirt on Abbot Kinney in Venice with this slogan:  Leave it better than you found it.

(I guess that's not the plan.)




MASTRO'S, BH






A bad start with a stick-up-her-butt hostess.  (A stern "Your name?" rather than a friendly "Welcome to Mastro's!").

And though the place was empty they felt a need to try to sit me elbow-to-elbow between two occupied tables.

I turned that around, real fast.  



Thursday, July 7, 2016

JIM BUCKLEY on MOTIONAL BLUR








"A first-rate novel that would make an excellent road-trip film.  I couldn't wait to get back to it in the morning after a night's sleep."


--Jim Buckley, Editor-in-Chief, Montecito Journal