Quirky Berkeley – the book – is out! Published by Heyday, the dare-I-say iconic Berkeley publishing house. Available all over Berkeley, and at online book dealers such as Amazon. What a perfect gift! Rush out. Check it out. Give serious consideration to buying it.
Finishing up my 50-years-after-1968 business here with ads by counterculture stores in the 1968 Barb. Never mind that the funeral of the hippie was in late ’67, we still had it going on.
For the last post of 2018, a look at the events of 1968 in Berkeley as reported by the Berkeley Barb The forces of chaos and anarchy were loosed. Hope and rage and fate coexisted.
The Quirky Berkeley year is winding down. Here for your admiration and – I hope – emulation – is another batch of quirky bathrooms. Be inspired! What’s meant to be will always find a way.
She has done many things in many places. Her studio apartment rocks with color and 1950s stuff and accordions and cowgirls. A quirky ten.
The names, the signage, the looks, the room full of strangers washing clothes and the smells and noises. Another black and white photo essay on a quirky institution – the laundromat.
Geneva Addison’s store is a one-stop-shop for elegant quirk. There is nothing in the store that I wouldn’t like. The store is by me all that a quirky antique store can be.
For our notional Thanksgiving field trip, we visit Junkee in Midtown Reno. Antique clothing, kitschy antiques, and handmade crafts, all in a super heavy dose of quirk.
The Art House doesn’t just rock a Sixties vibe – it is a Sixties vibe. Gallery, cultural center, the living room of the Sixties, Harold Adler’s loving embrace of the 1960s.
The early 1970s indoor mall at Telegraph and Blake is a magical time capsule, encapsulating a Berkeley that is slipping away. It’s facing the wrecking ball. Can’t we do better?
Found objects – trash from the streets of North Berkeley. Assembled. Photographed. The genius part – retrieved and brought home by Darwin. A cat. Through the window at night. Sadly updated here.
And, lest we forget:
The 593rd Quirky Berkeley post! Old school plus the new tendency – a little more history of unconventional Berkeley.
The greatest hits of ’17, a year in which in addition to traditional quirky material culture, I started looking at old businesses, our cultural and political elders, and the de-beautification of Berkeley.
A look back at 2016 and the most popular and significant posts from the 50+ I published. Plus – a little philosophy on how Quirky Berkeley is evolving.
A look back at the stuff I found and people I met. It was a hecka quirky year.