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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Reactions to Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks


The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks My rating: 4 of 5 stars A surprisingly good book in its own right. Of course it has to overcome the terribleness of the related film and weakness of the underlying George Lucas-generated story, but Terry Brooks’ adaptation nearly does! Brooks deftly minimizes the worst of Lucas’ characters (Jar […]

NovoEd is moving offices on Monday. Here are the entire contents of my desk drawer.


This guy in the back yard this morning.


Lucked into a Lions Club BBQ tonight. No beef more Californian than Tri-tip.


Reactions to 2009 Knez Winery Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir


 I always want to love Knez wines, but they don’t seem to want to be loved. They’re more like standoffish housecats deigning your admiration than slobbery Golden Retrievers craving your affection. But as of August ’15 the Knez ’09 Cerise is finally opening up and and willing to be a little vulnerable. Certainly distinctive to the […]