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Waiting for Superman to return


Growing up the youngest of three children I had my taste in everything from music to movies to clothing influenced by the field-testing my brother and sister had done before me. Both of them were larger than life to me, who I wanted to become when I grew up, and the fact that my sister […]


Britney Spears, Mother


My relationship with Britney Spears goes back almost seven years to the first time I ever heard “Baby One More Time.” I did not fit the target demographic for that song, was not a pubescent girl who curled my bangs and called my best friend to talk for hours about how Brandon looked at me […]

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Filling my life with song


For my father’s 37th birthday my mother recorded me, then three years old, singing “You Light Up My Life” from beginning to end, word for word. That is the first song I have any memory of, and that cassette tape proves that my flair for the dramatic started perhaps a little too early. By the […]

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In the Spring of 2002 my husband and I were standing in the lobby of the SPCA in Pasadena, CA when a woman walked in with the tiniest, furriest puppy on her shoulder. We were in the midst of trying to fill out an application that would indicate whether or not we were fit enough […]

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The Man in the Machine


During the pre-release press frenzy of Mission Impossible: III I watched an interview with the director, J.J. Abrams, wherein he said that he had wanted to set out not to make a movie about a spy but instead a movie about a man who was a spy. Interestingly, Tom Cruise, the actor who would be […]

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Describing the Indescribable: Sigur Rós in Concert

Describing the Indescribable: Sigur Rós in Concert


In April of 2001 I attended the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, a few hours drive from where I was living in Los Angeles. Coachella is considered by some to be the greatest indie-rock festival in the country, and for me it was like a religious journey across the desert to see some of […]

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