Archive for June, 2012

Earthquakes in L.A.

Posted on June 25, 2012 by

My second marriage ended when I was 45 in 1996 but this time I had kids. The relationship started to crack two years earlier when the family was dislocated (like a broken bone) from our “neo-Mediterranean-style” upstairs rental in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of West L.A. No-one I knew was hurt in the Northridge Earthquake, but [...]

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The Last Stop in Brooklyn

Posted on June 16, 2012 by

Getting out was essential but I was stuck in Brooklyn until I could plot my escape… There was no such thing as “diversity” in white, working-class Bensonhurst in the 1950s. Only the Jews and the Italians. My tribe descending from Yiddish-speaking East European immigrants who settled in cramped tenements and worked in the schmatta trade of Manhattan’s [...]

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