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Nick Jaina: In Retrospect, Hope Is What Did Us In (Anchorage, AK)

I flew into Anchorage on Sunday night. My friend's grandfather, Larry, was supposed to pick me up from the airport. I had never met this man. I had only had a brief conversation with him on the phone that day. He said he'd pick me up in a "red Escape". I assumed that was some kind of SUV. I got my luggage after t...   More
Monday, June 25, 2007 by Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina: Big In Japan (Juneau, AK)

Alaska is a large elephant's head mounted on the rear wall of the smoky pool hall of Canada, something the United States won in a raffle and decided to stick somewhere inconspicuous for awhile. It's a symbol of our wild and fancy past, when we would get drunk and buy a bunch of land.

Alaska is a...   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 by Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina: And in the dark we will take off our clothes (Philadelphia, PA)

The drive from Brooklyn to Philadelphia should take two hours. For us, it took seven. We got onto the Jersey Turnpike—me, Gill, and Nathan—around twelve-thirty and saw the Statue of Liberty right ahead of us. You couldn't tell that it was a large statue on an island in a harbor. You couldn't see wa...   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 by Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina: Catch Your Plane Right on Time (Brooklyn, NY)

When you're going to New York City and you call friends to see if you can stay with them, there's always that point—about seven seconds into your telephone conversation—where they all say the same thing. Not the exact same words, necessarily, but the same essential thing. The tone of their voice ch...   More
Monday, March 19, 2007 by Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina: Did I forget to mention Davis? (Davis, CA)

Michael Leahy is a tall man. (And I assume that I am like most people in that I consider anyone taller than me to be "tall" and anyone shorter than me to be "short." But then, I'm exactly six feet tall, which is God's Preferred Height, which means that anyone who is taller or shorter than me is freakish and wr...   More
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 by Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina: IN A WORLD... (Oakland, CA)

To what extent does being a writer prevent someone from experiencing and enjoying the world? Often the traits that lead to being a good writer—ability to listen, attention to detail, sober-mindedness—are the very same traits that lead to not having a good time at all. I think about this a lot. And ...   More
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 by Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina: What will we do when the curtain falls? (Los Angeles, CA)

There is nothing funny about Los Angeles. Any movie or tv show getting made there always turns out not funny. Even if funny people are involved and they have funny ideas, somehow in the middle of the process of making their film or tv show, some official representative from L.A. comes by the set with a bunch o...   More
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 by Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina: We're fighting a war we can't win (San Francisco, CA)

San Francisco in the warm sun of early February... I used to live there in 1996 and it's where I had my first attempts at live performance. There was a coffee shop just off the corner of Haight and Ashbury called Coffee Zone that had a weekly open mic night. It didn't attract as many Grateful Dead coverers as ...   More
Monday, February 12, 2007 by Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina: Don't pull the mask off the Lone Ranger (Sacramento, CA)

When I toured California a year ago, I asked everyone I met where they thought the border between Northern and Southern California would be if we were for some reason forced to split the state in two. ("Two states, we want two states..."). The answer was the same from everyone, whether I was in San Francisco o...   More
Friday, February 9, 2007 by Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina: Everything's Ending Here (Coquille, OR)

Touring is generally not the glorious venture one would hope it would be. I'll tell you that I'm touring California for two weeks and you'll think of the sunshine and the goldenness and you'll ignore the fact that most of what we call "The Road" is actually a bunch of black, dirty ROAD. There's a lot of road on ...   More
Monday, February 5, 2007 by Nick Jaina
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