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Published: 7 years ago

Let Us Gather, My Fellow Inch Worms

When I need inspiration, guidance, or wisdom (which is always), I often look to the words of June Jordan.  (The photo of us above was taken in my San Francisco flat back in 2000.) Today, I re-read my favorite book of her poetry, Kissing …

Published: 7 years ago

My Collection of Pez Dispensers

I’ve been collecting Pez Dispensers since 1987. I’ve had a mild-to-crazy obsession with these little pieces of plastic since my childhood and have slowly amassed a militia of over a thousand different dispensers. Here, below, are pictures of part of my collection, which exists …

Published: 8 years ago

Best. Lunchbox. Ever.

I received this gift from my soon-to-graduate law students in Section 17B who were in my class when they were 1Ls. As a collector of metal lunch boxes, I can say that this one is priceless.

Published: 8 years ago

My Office Has A Mayor

I recently learned that “Office Of Junichi Semitsu – Professor Of Law By Day, Samurai By Night” is a location that one can check into on Foursquare.  Thankfully, the keys have yet to be given to the Mayor of my office.

Published: 8 years ago

My Appearance on Soul Train

Back in 1993, one of my friends, Suraya Fadel, was a regular dancer on Soul Train. When we went out clubbing, Suraya was always amused at my antics on the dance floor. So one weekend, she invited me to join her on the show. …

Published: 10 years ago

What A Traditional Master of Ceremonies at a Japanese-Korean Wedding Reception Looks Likes

Congrats to the Wookudas!  

Published: 14 years ago

Guest on KPBS’s “These Days”


Published: 14 years ago

USD Magazine » Behind the Velvet Rope

  Link: USD Magazine » Around the Park Fall 2006 » Behind the Velvet Rope.

Published: 15 years ago

First Time I’ve Ever Been Referred to as a “Chicks Magnet”

  J. Freedom du Lac writes a great article on my blogging duties: Side note: This article sparked up an interesting discussion about WaPo’s standards, as they ended up cutting “Man Ass” — my nickname on this tour, short for “Management Assistant” — from …

Published: 16 years ago


for Dima   We are the children of bombs of broken glass & shrapnel shadows   My mother records her first memory Japanese porcelain dolls arranged like soldiers in kimonos torpedo to the tatami mat shatter like bullet shells as American B-29s carpet bomb …

Published: 17 years ago

Remembering June Jordan

June Jordan was the most amazing teacher. Ever. Period. Yet, despite being one of the many fortunate students she transformed into a poet, I can’t seem to conjure up a metaphor that truly captures her. No twister, tsunami, or tidal wave illustrates the force …