For my dad

The tribute I wrote to myfather – July 19, 1932 – February 16, 2020     My brilliant, dashing, loving father, Charles Chihara, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, passed away on Sunday February 16th, after a week in the hospital following a major stroke. He had suffered a previous stroke in 2015, but had recovered and been his joyful self with us, with some aphasia. For the last few years, including after he and my mom moved to Los Angeles to be near us, he got all his names mixed up but was still my dad – whose face lit up whenever he saw me and my two girls, Iris and Harper. Two weeks before this last stroke, he was still playing tennis. When he died, his wife of 55 years, my mom Carol, my family, and our extended family were all there. At 87 […]

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Where I Am From – on Joan Didion and California

The essay that I contributed to Slouching Towards Los Angeles, a collection of essays inspired by Joan Didion and published by Rare Bird Press in February, was also published on Lit Hub. It’s about her complicated heritage, California land, and how and when to take responsibility.

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Los Angeleno — What We Talk About When We Talk About The Middle Class

My article is part of a package of original journalism and essays at this excellent publication, Los Angeleno. The articles are about the amazing city of Los Angeles and what is being lost, here, as the gig economy and the financialized economy push inequality, homelessness, and gentrification to the limits. #AffordableLA

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