“None of the bars in San Francisco are as bad as the bars here,” says the new guy I just met at an intimate pool party in North Hollywood. The typical refrain from one of our brothers up north rolled easily off the early thirty-something man’s tongue. His lack of self-consciousness was so striking I [...]

The huge cake sits forlorn on a conference room table.  The few faithful gather near as the room’s negative space grows heavy with expectation. The clock ticks. Phones are pulled from pockets and digital numbers document reality. The farewell party started ten minutes ago. No one speaks. Until, “At least the weather is good for [...]

Transplants take root, but the echoes of our previous lives live deep inside us. I try to cover the tainted reverberations of small town youth with a gym body, fierceness, designer tennis shoes, and a biting wit - but the seed of discontent will always be with me. It lays dormant, unfed, and contained. I [...]