No Poem as Lovely as a Tree

This Sunday, my friend Josh and I went to the University of California in Santa Cruz. UC is a unique campus nestled in rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay. Students in the school often wander throughout the grounds–going into caves, building tree forts, and doing what we did today: tree climbing.…

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Random Act of Kindness: Books on Board

  San Francisco’s public transportation isn’t perfect. The buses and trains are inconsistent and late. You get all sorts of crazies on board. But once in a while, you run into something extraordinary. I was reading on the bus one night, and a dude with dreadlocks asked me how my novel was. I replied to…

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The Last Days of MoMA

  Before closing its doors for renovation until 2016, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is doing one last hurrah this weekend by opening its doors for free, all day and night. It was amazing discovering new artists to appreciate, like sci-fi architect Lebbeus Woods and classical & contemporary fusion painter John Currin, but…

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Battle of the Bay: My First Baseball Game

Yup, cultural immersion sometimes means attempting to understand sports. Tonight, I went to a baseball game called Battle of the Bay, between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. Though the team I was rooting for lost, I was still happy to have had this all-American experience–corn dogs, garlic fries, and all.

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Jersey Boys in San Francisco

I saw my first show in San Francisco last night–a musical called the Jersey Boys. It was about the Four Seasons, the group that gave us hits like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Earth Angel.” In a city where even the street singers impress, watching a stage performance…

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