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Mining the States of City Minds: 5

John O'Kane | Posted 06.21.2016 | Los Angeles
John O'Kane

In "Mining the States of City Minds," a recent blog, I introduced my approach to experiencing the texture of city life in Venice, California and writi...

Mining the States of City Minds: 4

John O'Kane | Posted 04.06.2016 | Los Angeles
John O'Kane

In "Mining the States of City Minds," a recent blog, I introduced my approach to experiencing the texture of city life in Venice, California and writi...

Mining the States of City Minds: 3

John O'Kane | Posted 02.17.2016 | Los Angeles
John O'Kane

In "Mining the States of City Minds," a recent blog, I introduced my approach to experiencing the texture of city life in Venice, California and writi...

The Redemption of Cinqué

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The name a person is given often reflects the hopes of those who bestow it upon the one who has been deemed as such. At Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, cast and crew alike know Cinqué as "Q."

Mining the States of City Minds: 2

John O'Kane | Posted 01.01.2016 | Los Angeles
John O'Kane

In "Mining the States of City Minds," a recent blog, I introduced my approach to experiencing the texture of city life in Venice, California and writing up the resulting stories with a type of literary journalism.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXIII -- Straight Bends

Alan Black | Posted 11.01.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Bobby, on meds, says he can't think straight. Have you tried curved thinking, I say. What's that? Stand with your head at an angle when you think. It ...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXI - Thinks

Alan Black | Posted 10.26.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

He sweeps the bar. I wipe the tables. Then grab the padlocks, lock the doors and think, how did I end up here? We walk around the street market at 3 a.m., under the hum of lampposts, thinking about what to do next. We share a flask of whisky.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXX - Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

Alan Black | Posted 10.23.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Did I just see something slither to the shadow? Trip to the ice machine, all that is frozen in time like that cockroach, just kidding. I need to get my peripheral vision checked. I'm sure I just saw something flee to the darkness under the stairs.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXIX - The Alones

Alan Black | Posted 10.18.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

All gone. Everyone. Just me now. Alone with the bar. My old friend. It's sad. The bar weeps. It cries out, why am I the place for the sads and the alones. For the wicked.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXVIII -- To the Nut House

Alan Black | Posted 10.15.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

John is going away. To a rehab nuthouse -- his words. One year in exile with a bunch of drunks. Ordered by psychiatrists. The doors are locked night and day. But he's figured out a way to get supplies delivered.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXV - I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Alan Black | Posted 10.05.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I tell the doorman. I have a bad feeling about tonight. Soon, the twisted is spotted. His face barrels evil. This one with a mustache, most menacing.

Notes From a Dive Bar XIIII

Alan Black | Posted 06.29.2016 | Fifty
Alan Black

Someone says, Jake died. We all drop a few rungs. He owned a bar. Lung disease. He never smoked, unless you count the smoke of others. It's still dark outside. The f*cking cognac tastes off. So much for the sour grape.

Notes From a Dive Bar IX

Alan Black | Posted 06.11.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Talking Heads is on the jukebox. All the hits. Around closing time, the bug man comes in, his poisons in hand. He crawls under the bar like an explorer venturing into the darkness of the insect world. Nothing there.

Jaime Lerner's Pinpricks of Change

Jared Green | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down all of his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.

Kelly Rowland Teams Up With Rap Favorite

Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment

Kelly Rowland has debuted the latest single off of her upcoming "Talk a Good Game" album. Called "Street Life," the new track is a collaboration with ...

"The Last Picture", Jaime Rojo Shoots the Street

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 01.14.2013 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

New York streets never sleep, and they are just as raw, maddening, and wondrous as you've heard. Well known Street Art photographer Jaime Rojo cannot ...

WATCH: Where Kabul's Olympic Dream Became A Nightmare

Jeroen Swolfs | Posted 09.29.2012 | Travel
Jeroen Swolfs

The pool was already empty by then. Some people where brought down into the basin and shot against the blue walls. Others were taken up the highest diving board and thrown off.