by Daniel J Klein

Sit, Sip, and Savor. Read literary essays and fiction by an award-winning Iowa Writer's Workshop author.

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Meet Ali, The Happy Komodo Adventurer

Coffee@Works, Incheon International Airport, Seoul, Korea 3:22 AM Meet Ali, The Happy Komodo Adventurer I’m confronted with the question, “How open am I, really, to meeting strangers?” I don’t think I’m good at it. Others might say I am. But I meet others who I think are way better at meeting strangers and establishing rapport with them. Ali Bazzi is one o [...]

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Welcome to CoffeeHouseBlog – Thailand!

We're just getting our order in, the milk is steaming, and I can smell the beans roasting - here in amazing Bangkok, Thailand! But we will have guest coffee aficionados contributing their CoffeeHouse Blog reviews from all over the world. Check out the About This Site for background information, what to expect, and how you can contribute. Salut! [...]

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Back in the Saddle Again

Gelson’s, 4738 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village, CA 91607 7:47 AM The first blog in nine years! I’m back! I’m Bad! And I’m packin’ heat. Just to catch you up… Wait! I know no one is reading this yet so the “you” is you who’ve finally found your way here. Hopefully, not after another nine years. So, just to catch you up, in the last nine year [...]

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Powerless In The Entertainment Capitol of the World

Starbucks, 12824 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 8:43 pm "No running in the Pool Area!" Gilbert the barista calls out to the young woman running toward me at the back of this Starbucks, her two girlfriends walking, giggling behind her. I ask them if they're here because of the power outage. They say no, but that apparently it's out in places all over the city after t [...]

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Meet Ali, The Happy Komodo Adventurer

Coffee@Works, Incheon International Airport, Seoul, Korea 3:22 AM Meet Ali, The Happy Komodo Adventurer I’m confronted with the question, “How open am I, really, to meeting strangers?” I don’t think I’m good at it. Others might say I am. But I meet others who I think are way better at meeting strangers and establishing rapport with them. Ali Bazzi is one o [...]

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Powerless In The Entertainment Capitol of the World: Conclusion

...Continued (Part 1 is here)(Part 2 is here)(Part 3 is here) Starbucks, 12824 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 10:41 pm As the white woman rifles through the Times, I skip town - over to the counter for a soy chai latte. When I sit back down and begin trying to reconstruct the evening so far, my ears detect a language with an interesting accent. Two young men - one [...]

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Powerless In The Entertainment Capitol of the World: Part 3

...Continued (Part 1 is here)(Part 2 is here) Starbucks, 12824 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 10:00 pm As I'm writing down my faulty thoughts and recollections of my conversation with Ava, surrounded by power outages all over "the Valley" here, the rabid white woman leans toward me and addresses me. Oh. No. But, in the time that the rabid white woman has been [...]

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Powerless In The Entertainment Capitol of the World: Part 2

... Continued (Part 1 is here) Starbucks, 12824 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 9:12 pm Giggly girls speaking in tongues and I can no longer write coherently. So I move to a different table up near the two – count ‘em, TWO sets of overstuffed chairs that give me comfort just to see. I don’t usually sit in them anymore; I just like to see them there. Becau [...]

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