Every week, The Urban Man sets out to fathom Los Angeles: its mystery, its poetry and its beautiful conundrums. Along the way, he often gets personally involved with his subject and fraternizes with the natives.
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Once a Hollywood producer said to me, "You know, it only takes a little uranium to power a submarine. You can't run the sub without it, but it only takes a teeny tiny …
Like most people in L.A., the urban man and his beautiful mate often go looking for sincerity. Sometimes we find it in our relationship, sometimes among friends, and …
The L.A. Ring Festival begins next week: but this is no sidewalk jewelry sale on Venice beach. No, this is "Ring" as in "Ring of the Nibelungen," Richard Wagner's epic …
Here in L.A., many people sacrifice to pursue art. Others sacrifice to pursue money. Then of course, lots of folks swing back and forth: Tick Tock, Tick Tock. It's the …
Yesterday, I missed most of the Oscar telecast. Yes, it's true. I didn't tune in until they got to Best Actor. I tried hard, but I was delayed by traffic, and right …
The other night, my friend John explained why America is not ready for
health reform. I've quoted John before. He's an unsung philosopher who
works as a carpenter out in …
Like most Americans, I like to believe that capitalism operates with a kind of heavenly logic: that it ultimately makes sense for the whole society, and that the people at …
Here in L.A., we are all experts at avoiding people. In fact, a lot of folks move here because they don't really like people, and they can easily hole up in a small tract …
Back in my hometown of L.A., we like to think we're experts in muchness. You know: Much entertainment. Much style. Much city. A muchness of muchness. But after spending …
Like most modern people, I figure that no matter what happens here in industrialized society, no matter what ugly freeways we build or late night TV we watch, there lives …
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