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where’d you go, bernadette?

Our friend Maria Semple mailed us an advance copy of her new novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? a few weeks ago.  Adrienne took the first nibble, then quietly devoured it in a few hours, a sphinxy smile on her face.  … Continue reading


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bear pond espresso

Much has been written about the food scene in Tokyo.  In the end, maybe it’s just a very, very big city.  The “largest metropolitan area in the world”, says Wikipedia, and among the densest (at more than 37,000 per square … Continue reading


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tel aviv / berlin

It’s time to break this dry spell on the blog.  Let’s begin with some notes I jotted down on the plane back from a trip to Tel Aviv and Berlin a couple of weeks ago. For me, the antisymmetrical ideas … Continue reading


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rudy’s

On the subject of things that land precisely on the beat, I’ll mention Rudy’s Barbershop.  There are 7 in Seattle, 5 in LA and 2 in Portland.  Thanks to Abra for turning me on to these guys. My opinion of … Continue reading


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sibylle baier

Sharing a new discovery, an unexpected treasure courtesy of the hip priest.  Sibylle Baier was a minor film actress in the 70s, appearing in Wim Wenders’ Alice in the Cities (1974).  She also wrote songs for herself and those close to her, … Continue reading


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