After I graduated from the University of Texas, in 1979, I lived in a series of large, cheap, drafty houses in West Campus, always with three or four roommates. I was a slacker. I waited tables and clerked in a record store, working as few hours as possible. What I really wanted to do was write songs and play the guitar. One day I was banging around in my living room with the windows open when I heard a knock on the door. It was a friendly young guy with blond hair. “Who do you play with?” he asked. I thought he was joking. “No one,” I replied. “Maybe we could get together and jam,” he suggested. In a month Phillip McCarthy and I had a rhythm section and a name, the Soul Bashers, and we were playing at parties and even a few clubs. There were a lot of bands like us, combos of intent twentysomethings knocking out soul or punk songs at co-ops and in living rooms. The bar was low. You didn’t have to be a great musician; you just had to love music. … [Read more...] about The City of the Eternal Boom
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Angel Delgadillo, 91, known as the Angel of Route 66, greets customers on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop, in Seligman, AZ. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphotoAngel Delgadillo, 91, known as the Angel of Route 66, on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop, in Seligman, AZ. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphotoAngel Delgadillo, right, known as the Angel of Route 66, greets customers on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, outside Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop, in Seligman, AZ. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphotoCustomers shop for souvenirs at Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Seligman, AZ. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphotoAngel Delgadillo, 91, known as the Angel of Route 66, works in his office at Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Seligman, AZ. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphotoAngel … [Read more...] about Arizona man, 91, still relishes role as Angel of Route 66
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature The internet has turned on him, his book sales are down and the TV adaptation of his last novel has stalled. But he wants you to know one thing: He’s not even angry. Credit Ian Allen for The New York Times Supported by ByTaffy Brodesser-Akner June 26, 2018 Jonathan Franzen now lives in a humble, perfectly nice two-story house in Santa Cruz, Calif., on a street that looks exactly like a lot of other streets in America and that, save for a few cosmetic choices, looks exactly like every other house on the block. Santa Cruz, he says, is a “little pocket of the ’70s that persisted.” Inside his house, there is art of birds — paintings and drawings and figurines. Outside, in the back, there are actual birds, and a small patio, with a four-person wrought-iron dining set, and beyond that, a shock: a vast, deep ravine, which you would never guess existed behind the homes on … [Read more...] about Jonathan Franzen Is Fine With All of It
When writing my blog post earlier this week about the laws surrounding left turns, I wound up trimming the piece for space considerations. There were a handful of rules that had to do with making the turn but weren’t really relevant to the question about pulling into the intersection before making the turn.Someone must have been on the same wavelength as me though and sent in the email below.Q: I was ecstatic (if one can really be such when speaking of traffic situations) about the recommendations regarding pulling into the intersection on a left hand turn.There is also another left hand turn issue that I wish you would comment on. That being, when one turns left from 2 lanes onto another road with 2 lanes. Too often, vehicles in the right-most turning lane cut off the corner and squeeze out the vehicle turning from the more left lane. The left lane driver should be driving on an arc (as should the driver in the left most lane). Please tell people to think back to their high … [Read more...] about Road Warrior: More pro tips on left turns
Another year of movies has been in the books for a while, but Oscar night finally has arrived.It was looking like a pretty underwhelming year for Best Picture-worthy films for a long stretch of 2017. But when all was said and done, the nine nominees are very, very strong, and I'd be hard-pressed to figure out what to bump in place of something else.It's going to be hard to to top the drama we saw a year ago when "La La Land" was announced as Best Picture, only to have it discovered moments later it really was "Moonlight." But that doesn't mean there's no drama leading into the show when it comes to predicting the ballots. With the Oscars, it's best to predict unpredictability.Best Picture seems like a race between "The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." But both likely have their detractors. There's a camp that doesn't like the way "Three Billboards" wrapped up its story. And there's a camp that won't want to vote for what essentially is a monster movie in … [Read more...] about Times forecasts the 90th Annual Academy Awards: Can ‘Get Out’ push out ‘Shape of Water’ and ‘Three Billboards’ for Best Picture?