Bird’s Eye View

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably I shall begin. As I walked around downtown Boonville’s “All that Good Stuff” store last week, looking for an appropriate birthday card for friend D’Ann Wallace, I overheard Lauren, of Lauren’s Restaurant fame, asking the store owner, Leslie Hummel, for the upcoming birthdays on Leslie’s Calendar. […]

The Pynchon I Knew

Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles County is part of the so-called South Bay, south of Santa Monica. It was mostly populated by middle-class white people when I grew up there in the 1950s, and was a good place in many ways. I played volleyball on the beach, and once a year we had surfing, paddleboard […]