Are College Admissions a Corrupt Joke?

Like every parent, I have many thoughts about this college admissions thing. Unlike most parents in America, I have proximity. One of the children named in the indictment was my daughter’s classmate. Many of the kids named are familiar to my own as the private school social circles are small, if not incestuous. The kids aren’t bad kids, but they aren’t who I’d go to for morals and ethics lessons this week. Perhaps later in life they will be; I’m not prepared to write anyone off whose brain isn’t finished …

I Miss Jonathan Gold (and Anonymous Food Critics in General)

I ate at Park’s BBQ in Koreatown with a group of ten girlfriends recently and as much as I enjoyed it, I sat thinking of Jonathan Gold rather than the mountain of marinated meat in front of me. Not the Jonathan Gold of The City of Gold, but the Jonathan Gold of 2009 who ate at a restaurant repeatedly and anonymously and told us not just about the food and the service but the history of the food and of its ingredients. I miss the Jonathan Gold who reminded us that …

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Agency

Tomorrow I’m meeting with some people from the city. We’re scheduled to discuss the prostitution problem in my neighborhood. We don’t have streetwalkers and pimps, we have massage parlors. We have massage parlors that no one ever enters from the street. We have massage parlors that use their rear entrances with free parking. We have massage parlors where no one speaks English and the older woman at the front desk wears rainbow eyeshadow. These massage parlors are admittedly not good for property values and I have some concerns about that, but …

Reflecting on 9 Years at The Wesley School

I’ve just signed the contract for Alexander’s High School. Now that we’ve completed the application process for a second child I’d like to talk to you about The Wesley School where both my children attended elementary and middle school. In the coming weeks parents of middle school kids and then a week later elementary students will get their acceptance letters and have decisions to make about which school to attend. This is written for you, the prospective parent. Hopefully it will help you make a decision. As a rule I do …

Tocaloma: Thank You Gifts

Every August as camp winds down I go in search of the best gift ever for the owners of Jane and Alexander’s favorite camp. They’re both women, so we’ve done candles, purses, and keychains. We’ve done wine and food, and the only gift I’ve never given them is a public referral. This is the problem with owning a summer camp. My kids each started at Tocaloma when they were four years old. In the first years they went the minimum number of days in part because it was expensive and …