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anastasia-m-ashman's picture
Aug.01.2011
By ANASTASIA ASHMAN "Whoever gets a D in math has to sit in back." That's how I'd call shotgun when it was time to squeeze our teenage bodies into the family's tiny Honda. My younger sister Monika didn't appeal to my mother at the wheel. This cruel, impromptu rule was imposed by a...
anastasia-m-ashman's picture
May.02.2011
  Hi there. Are you here from AOL's My Daily...after reading about two little girls playing French Lady?   Here are some other personal essays from my Berkeley childhood (and adulthood, going out into the world!) you might like...   THANKSGIVING WITH MARY JANE LOVE AND HATE IN AN ELEVATOR...
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Feb.16.2011
When I first heard about Kombucha, it was from a friend who told me it was made from fermented mushrooms, a piece of misinformation I promptly passed on to numerous friends and acquaintances. I later found out that the “mushroom” used to make Kombucha is actually a ball of yeast and bacteria...
bob-david-calhoun's picture
Feb.02.2011
  "Parenthood" is about the Braverman family. We know this because they tell us over and over again. They've already said the word Braverman four times by the episode's 25-minute mark. Craig T. Nelson, as grizzled patriarch Zeek Braverman, says his surname three times. Does my dad...
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Jan.31.2011
I was fortunate to have nice weather and warm audiences for 3 book talks about Chinese family restaurant history in 4 days in the area where I spent my adolescence and college years after moving from Georgia. It was wonderful to see, and recognize, friends from my youth whom I had not seen for '...
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Oct.27.2010
Okay, this is a petty sort of triumph, but I'm going to wallow in it because darnit, one must take one's triumphs where one finds them. A few months ago, I gushed about the fact that Perfectly Revolting happened to be right next to Ayelet Waldman's Red Hook Road in Laurel Books, my favorite local...
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Sep.20.2010
One of those rare occasions, one in which each of the half dozen or so writers present [at Lucy Day's, 9.11.2010] attends fully to the work being read by each of the others. Each of us, so it seems to me, is fully and entirely engaged, our poems, such as they are, our offerings, fully "heard...
bob-levin's picture
Apr.20.2010
 So I just had two pieces pop up on-line.  The first is a review of a collection of feuilletons, "Sitting Shiva for Myself," by Berkeley author Renee Blitz: http://troublewithcomics.tumblr.com/post/535229980/guest-reviewer-month-... The other is a semi-memoir/semi-essay: http://www....
anastasia-m-ashman's picture
Mar.30.2010
All this talk about finding your tribe. It’s so rewarding to connect to people with similar world views. True peers. As we seek our global niche, we’re integrating across all sorts of out-moded boundaries. You could also say we’re segregating along the lines of our true selves. Perusing a Berkeley...
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Mar.22.2010
Passion fuels the lives we envision for ourselves better than discipline or elbow grease alone. However, a little bit of passion’s dark side -- anger -- may be the best defense of our identity, and a future that looks like us. This week Dialogue2010 participant Elmira Bayrasli shared the anger that...