Why I Love Alita:

In the dying days of my high school career, my interest in main stream comics had shifted to independent, and from pop anime to the more ambitious world of Japanese manga. Ghost in the Shell had just been published in the US by Dark Horse comics, and to me the world seemed wide open.…

Proximity Hive:

It was a glorious Southern California spring afternoon, and Father was shirtless doing some work in our back yard. Nearby, I explored a new route up the enormous pepper tree in the side lot. There had been a lot of bees that season, but in our brush and tree covered community, that wasn’t terribly unusual.…

Brick Trench:

Between R2’s home and the sumac forest that was no more, sat a strip of dirt as denuded as the lot to the north now was. In the previous springtime, R2’s parents had planned some sort of tiki luau party, and the remains thereof rested in the aforementioned lot. There were bamboo oil lamps, charcoal briquettes, pumice stone bricks, and redwood lattice laid in haphazard piles.…

Birthday Pool:

My friend A1 from school was having a birthday party, and I was invited. She lived in a nice area in the foothills of the Laguna mountains, and so it was a bit of a drive to reach her home. Mother dropped me off with a promise to return later. I don’t recall seeing the inside of the house, except for one faint image of a bookcase.…

Speckled Egg:

There was a girl from my school who lived down the street from me. Her parents were friends of Mother, and evidently we were both smart, so we were expected to be natural friends, and were therefor formally introduced. K1 was taller than me and had long black hair that I thought must require hours of brushing.…