Author Archives: Mel.

About Mel.

The unremarkably epic fingerspinnings of a serial nobody... who spent the first thirty-three years of his life chasing a shadow, and intends to spend the next thirty-three casting his own.

seattle serials: a night of mighty boosh burlesque

While my lost college years in Floptown may have been a glorified juju grab-bag of good experiences, lousy friends, fine beers and confirmation of both my most profound insecurities and long-comatose potential as a student, one thing is damn certain: … Continue reading

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insomniac interludes: no blog is an island

current soundtrack: peter gabriel – party man I’ve been letting this video incubate for about the last six days, after happening to catch it on another writer’s blog last week. It’s an absolutely fascinating watch—and the truths that it taps … Continue reading

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nola ’05 – part ii. (hostel environs)

current soundtrack: high blood pressure – huey “piano” smith and the clowns One of the inherent risks of affecting the piecemeal/hindsight philosophy towards travel writing is that you’re often stuck trying to not only tack together the actual, physical happenstance … Continue reading

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nola ’05 – part i. (les commencements)

current soundtrack: time is on my side – irma thomas If the theme of the great New York City pass-through of ’01 was exploration and discovery, then its spiritual sequel was predicated on varying degrees of loss, self-loathing and blunt-ended … Continue reading

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seattle serials: i and we and steves makes three(s)

current soundtrack: the touch – stan bush and vince dicola For some strange reason, the first moment that I saw an episode of Rick Steves’ Europe is indelibly fried into my frontal lobe; I may not be able to recall … Continue reading

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the wary traveler’s cheatsheet – nyc ’01

current music: track 9 – atmosphere. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned to appreciate from casing the adventures of Noisy Pilgrims and What an Amazing World!, it’s that a blog’s weight becomes measured in either lead or gold based … Continue reading

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nyc ’01 – part i. (feet first.)

current soundtrack: “new york minute” – don henley. Few things make a dyed-in-the-flannel Pacific Northwesterner more attuned to the gradual yellowing of their memory than a Seattle winter. It’s been ten lovely years to this tune now, and yet—without fail—the … Continue reading

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