Tom Dalzell, founder of quirkyberkeley.com

Quirky Berkeley: An Interview with Tom Dalzell

Tom Dalzell runs the blog “Quirky Berkeley,” which is an online attempt at cataloguing Berkeley’s cultural identity. His posts range from photos of front-yard dinosaur figurines to large-scale murals, all narrated with his own brand of enthusiastic quirk. Not only does Dalzell uncover these public exhibitions of Berkeley weirdness, but
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A Winter Road Trip

The photo essay below captures the essential beauty of a road trip through the American Southwest. Delicate Arch sprinkled in fresh snow at Arches National Park, Utah. A fence blanketed with snow after a recent storm in Goblin Valley, Utah. Deer peer timidly through aspen trees in Utah’s Dixie National
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Reflections on 70 years of liberation

This year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz by Soviet soldiers. Historians speculate that between 1940 and 1945, more than 1.1 million people were exterminated at both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II — also called Auschwitz-Birkenau. Below are
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Three Poems

Cartoon Sunrise A kid walking barefoot to Los Angeles rarely moves faster than traffic. The wind comes, and is like students rushing to class. Silence is swiftly abandoned. In winter, the hissing and fangs on the low-slung rails can only be the electrical towers, their turf doubling as soccer fields
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Notes from my journal: The California Coast

Four friends piled in a car much too small to carry all of their belongings and that, my friend, marked the beginning of an unforgettable adventure. My little Honda must have appeared as nothing less than a clown car on the run from a circus as I drove us up
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Picks of the Week

The de Young Museum’s exhibition “Keith Haring: The Political Line” is eccentric and arousing and totally psychosexual. Haring specifically questions the plights of a conservative 1980s American society, but he more broadly contends with the extraordinary capacities of humanity. If you’re looking for a brief existential excursion, make the trek
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