Dog days

One summer break while in high school, I decided to learn the violin. In my imagination, I would be quite the virtuoso; all I…

The crop shop

Men of a certain age, regardless of race, creed, color, sexual preference or socio-economic status, share a certain, specific, and almost wistful memory, once…

The battle to be top banana

“Are the grocery store chains sacred of Wal-Mart? You bet they are,” says Dan Graham, a Los Angeles retail consultant. “And if they’re not,…

Higher callings

Advocation is not a job. From the Latin vocare, meaning to call, we assume someone is on the other line. Of course, it could…

Mixing it up

When Americans think of Chinese food, images of late-night delivery and take-out food likely surface. Jane and John Wang, owners of Szechuan Pavilion, were…

Fatherly advice

One of the fun things about getting to do a column like this is that you can write about specific political or city issues…