lost in digitopia


San Francisco, California,
July 06
wonderer & wanderer __________________________________ navigating post-analog worlds of art & publishing __________________________________ occasionally here: www.laura-joakimson.com _____________________________________ "I have to add this. You talk about the darkest, scariest, creepiest time of night. That's when I dance. Really. I dance at that time to charge up the night. The deepest, darkest time. I just get into it." --Josephine Ortez


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SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 5:02AM

Feels like I'm in it all alone (with cat)


dizza kettle


You might think attending a conference would have the opposite effect. You mightRead full post »

JUNE 11, 2013 11:56PM

lost in digitopia


Photo taken in one of my favorite old-timey bookstores,
Bird & Beckett in Glen Park, San Francisco

“A book is a metaphysical thing,” I exclaimed, waving a margarita glass on an outdoor restaurant patio to my friend Gabrielle. “This is what I learned when… Read full post »


dreams for my children

As I was writing this, my friend Christin reminded me to let you know that there’s something you can do to help. This isn’t just another political feel-bad story. So I’m going to put it right here in the beginning, a link to a petition to help saveRead full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2012 4:06AM

a series of importunate events


This story was first published on my blog here.


“Kids! Ick!” I think to myself, reading the San Francisco Litquake 2012 volunteer’s program. Just what I need. More dirty feet, belching, runny noses and loud voices. What a chore. But everything else on the program… Read full post »


maria quiles and rory cloud

They say great artists’ merits are never really acknowledged in their lifetimes, but maybe this holiday we could make an exception and instead of supporting Big Box stores or blah malls, see if we can throw a few crumbs toward working writers, musicians and painters.

If… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2012 7:20AM

thanksgiving in korea (repost)

First published here.


My favorite Thanksgiving turkey traveled illegally to a foreign country, packed in dry ice, to be later cooked, sliver by sliver, in a toaster oven.

To know this story, it’s necessary to meet Bridget, a short, red-haired, smart, freckled, thirty year old Ivy… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2012 11:08PM

is opensalon dying?

Is this what's happening and I've somehow missed it?

I see these odd messages and then there are all the crashes. All the crashes.

I'm joining a few survivors here.

And branching into my own grown-up little e-cave here.

But I'm not abandoning OS. I'll just crosspost. I've grown too… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2012 12:44PM

"obama is for lovers"


Organizing for Obama in the Castro

This blog was originally posted on my new website on October 29th.

These days I wake up and before drinking coffee, before fully opening my eyes, I check the latest polls at RealClearPolitics on my phone, and worry about the state of… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2012 1:20PM

death of a superhero

 “Both Nina and the nation were in decline. Their fates combined read like a logline for a film noir script: a War on Terror has been declared; poison letters, mailed, and a dark-haired dame is in a heap of trouble.”

--Death-Defying Nina

Lily and Nina in Los Angeles in 2002 

So what happensRead full post »


Laramie Crocker and Wend Elsen


When the Devil came to California
He rode in on his fiery mare shook out his fiery hair
When the Devil came


When the devil came to California he brought along a bevy of hip, bejingled Berkeley dancersRead full post »

Aung San Suu Kyi played by Michelle Yeoh

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who weild it, and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those subject to it.” Aung San Suu Kyi


“Do you think you’ve transcended politics?” documentary filmmake/

Read full post »
MARCH 16, 2012 11:55PM

does it matter that mike daisey lied?





Breaking news: This American Life has retracted its Mike Daisey story because Mike Daisey admitted, in several instances, to fabricating details that were aired on the radio as a fact-checked, vetted non-fiction story.


The transcript of the retraction show is al… Read full post »

MARCH 13, 2012 10:50PM

on religious freedom

 shock jock blames his hatred of women on

 his hatred of hip hop……


 I’m a man who’s easily bored

an Archie Bunker type—

minus the irony—

I believe marriage to be a sacred vow before God

between a woman and a woman and a woman… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2012 4:31PM

high sierra camp letters to john muir


road to Glen Aulin

 finger log 

God himself seems to be always doing his best here, working like a man in a glow of enthusiasm.
—John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra


July 28, 2011

 Last night we slept under the Sierra sky you once called a bell-flower, outRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 8:53PM

ones who carry the weight of the sun

Faceless job, circling,

un-Enola Gay fliers,

Fukushima bound.


“No morality

in war” Tibbets said.

No sentiment


in business; just a

geiger counter

and the fragile ground.


To force the body


Read full post »
AUGUST 5, 2011 10:10PM

adversity's algebra


If the square root of no new taxes

is divided by the budget of Planned Parenthood and NPR,

the integer greater than the top 400 wealthiest Americans’ tax breaks

will be divided by the sum of Wallstreet-predicted quarterly job growth

minus the total costRead full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2010 9:22PM

george bernanos on human cruelty




I have thought for a long time now that if, some day, the increasing efficiency for the technique of destruction finally causes our species to disappear from the earth, it will not be cruelty that will be responsible for our extinction and still less, of course, theRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 4:08PM

last night i dreamed i met angelina jolie



  (Photo from AP)


Last night I dreamed I met Angelina Jolie. She was squatting on the ground with a group of people who lived in a small village. I came near and hunched down too and said, “thank-you for drawing attention to people suffering… Read full post »


Since this series, Toxic by Vice Magazines Thomas Morton, has made it all the way to CNN, and I cant get the original embed to work here, Ill post the CNN version with links to VBS.tvs part two and three. Even though this was first published about a month ago,… Read full post »


 News sources are reporting

a verdict in the Mehserle trial has been reached

and will be announced at 4:00 pm today.


No changes or disruptions to BART and other forms of

public transportation

have been announced and it is not… Read full post »



you don’t want a friend

at your side at ball games

cheering for the losing team

        no matter who they are.

you want someone to wear

your jersey, sing your

songs and clap at the same moment… Read full post »



Mr. Boies
Attorney for the plaintiffs, Mr. Boies speaks to someone outside the courtroom on June 16, 2010.(photo by doloresflores_d)


On June 16 Wendi and I are able to sit in the first overflow room primarily due to strawberries. The benches of onlookers have already been fille… Read full post »


Coffee shop photo
(photo by doloresflores_d)


I was shot at once.

In the 1990’s I taught English at a Korean University, and during their winter break I took a three-month trip to Southeast Asia. In Cambodia I observed people walking through the markets with AK-47 assault rifles and… Read full post »

MAY 18, 2010 12:24AM

10 for pilgrim


Favorite word – jouissance.

Least favorite word – crusader. (considering some of the medieval crusaders were cannibals, for example.)

Turn Ons – stars on a clear summer night, alpine flowers, someone playing guitar in a foreign country on new year’s eve, notes on a p… Read full post »

MAY 11, 2010 12:11AM

howard street fair, may 9, 2010



howard street fair


 Yesterday my friend Wendi was speaking about the way primitive cultures used to have ceremonies where they danced, inhaled from pipes, and found ways to take the edge off of ordinary community life. And right around the corner we ran into the Howard (How Weird!) Str… Read full post »