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California used to be the place people would go to get lost. Or rather, it’s the place they would go to lose sight of who they once were and find their truest self. It was the ultimate frontier, a boundless country supposedly endowed to Easterners by Manifest Destiny. When my parents moved to San Francisco, the dream of wide-open space was still there; it was still a malleable place where they and so many...
Or, The Five Stages of Grief, Accepting Tom DeLonge’s Blink-182 Departure, and Reluctantly Liking California When I heard the news of Tom Delonge’s departure from Blink-182, I went through the five stages of grief: the denial, anger, bargaining, and finally, depression. Why should I even bother listening to a Blink-182 album that Tom Delonge isn’t a part of? Then I reached step five--acceptance. This phase began on an unexpected morning, when a coworker announced a trending...
Infinite Home, the second novel by Brooklyn writer Kathleen Alcott, has a modest set-up, following the interconnected lives of one Brooklyn brownstone’s tenants at a crucial point in their histories and the building’s history. Yet what Alcott does with her small community is nothing short of magic. Through short scenes, written with an exacting care and beauty, she creates characters that are so well realized that by the novel’s end, it’s easy to mistake...
When I first moved to New York from San Francisco, I was achingly homesick. I missed burritos and produce and craft beer I recognized. I wanted the comforts of home in a place that I was still trying to make my own, so when I stumbled upon Pacific Standard, I was pleasantly surprised. Located on that weird strip of 4th Avenue in what I like to call almost-Park Slope, Pacific Standard is a bar...

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