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


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


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.

Valentina, Part 2

August 30, 2012


A few years ago I was crazy for this singer that the indie radio station 88.9 was pushing in Milwaukee. Before “Guilt Trip” I had never heard of Valentina, and no one else ever had, either. As I was working as an arts and entertainment writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel at the time I tracked […]

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The Desert is Mine

August 30, 2012


In the Philippines I knew I was a tiny speck of nothing when I faced the sea. Here, the beaches are too full — of people, of things, of surfers — I could never find that finite sense of my self with a banana stand and a lifeguard post around. But I found that feeling […]

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Sometimes I Am So Happy It Feels Unfair

June 19, 2012


Can’t complain about anything these days. Thank you, universe!

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The Sound of Settling

May 22, 2012


I used to say that I never felt present–or in the moment–unless I was in motion. Now this constant movement depresses me. I just want to take root, but how? I feel like we will never finish unpacking.

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