Flash Fiction Rejects from 2004

August 4, 2014


At the Roxy, April 2004

moment #1: When I was a kid we used to hang out in the open attic of my friend’s house in Baguio. It was called the pugad — bird’s nest — because it was a warm safe haven, yet we could see all the way down through pine trees and street lights, and all the […]

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Too Fast!

July 22, 2014


At Fullerton College

Everyone said it would happen. I blinked and now I have a little boy. He asks me about antennas, speed bumps, compares his poops to Amtraks and says daddy (and not mommy) is his bestie. Dang.

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Stories I Wrote in 2012

November 5, 2013


Kelly Thomas's portrait by Valerie Lewis, featured in my story for KCET

Thought I’d post the 2012 stories as well, a year later! Artbound was a pretty amazing experience, they even made a short video based on my stories. KCET Artbound Siempre es Hoy: Capturing the Latin Alternative Moment A Conversation on Chicano Art: Artist Jose Lozano and Collector Armando Duron Parker Jacobs Can’t Lose Art With […]

Stories I Wrote in 2013 (So Far)

November 5, 2013



I always think I should keep a tally of stories I write for other publications, especially since I don’t have a full-time reporting job anymore. Here’s an abridged list of everything I did this year (I only posted stories I liked, actually.) I sort of stopped doing so much over the summer because I was […]

Is it Art, or is it Fart?

September 26, 2013


Is it a Santiago Bose? From the moment I laid eyes on it, I knew it wasn’t my dad’s. The painting, titled ” Heart Assemblage,” was part of the Leon Gallery auction that will be held on Sept. 28. A giant yellow heart, rising over distant mountains like the sun, framed by ethnic figures. What […]

Grown-up Things I Want

September 18, 2013


Jah laboring on Labor Day at Corona del Mar

1. Whole weekends with my family 2. A decision on where to buy a house 3. More Fluevogs.

Jimmie Durham on Santiago Bose

October 31, 2012



An excerpt from the artist Jimmie Durham’s work in This Long Century: I’ve written a poem about the Filipino artist, Santiago Bosé who seemed irresistible to all women and wanted to love them all. SANTIAGO BOSE’S POEM Far in the (not really so cold!) north of Norway But not yet Karasjok where I hope to […]

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Parker Jacobs and the Aquabats

September 20, 2012


parker jacobs 1

Here’s a story I wrote about one of my favorite artists for KCET’s Artbound: Parker Jacobs: From the beginning, Parker Jacobs’ life has been one roundabout path to fame after another. I like to think of him as the most influential Huntington Beach artist that you’ve never heard of. In fact, Jacobs has been quietly […]

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I Wrote a Story on No Doubt; In Other News, “Don’t Speak” Still Gives Me the Chills

September 12, 2012


In 1995, I was obsessed with No Doubt. I wore bindis like Gwen Stefani, I tried to dress like Gwen Stefani, I watched that “Don’t Speak” video CONSTANTLY, I wanted to sing like Gwen Stefani. Today OC Weekly published my cover story on No Doubt. If it was 1996 it would’ve been like my biggest […]

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If You Could Live Anywhere But Here and Now

September 8, 2012


I always used to choose 1980s Baguio. But I think Sebastopol and/or Humboldt in 2012 would be a great place to live in too, if I could get over the cold.