Enter The Mirage Factory

New York Times-bestselling author Gary Krist (the 70th stranger featured on this site) most recently wrote “The Mirage Factory,” a marvelous non-fiction book tracking three notable figures during Los Angeles’ boom period from 1900 to 1930. The LA Times last week had praise for Gary’s work as part of a broader…

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Throwback Thursday 32: Viva Las Vegans

Here’s the 32nd Throwback Thursday article; my June 2011 dinner with DC resident Katelyn Sornik, who told me about her blog that covered life as a vegan. On the blog, New Kid On The Vegan Block, she posted recipes, restaurant reviews and other articles about her life as a vegan….

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Celebrate Dino’s Grotto At Two Closing Parties

There are just two weeks left to enjoy the great food and drink at Dino’s Grotto, the DC restaurant whose owner Dean Gold I profiled for Dining With Strangers in May 2018. Dean — whose life before becoming a restaurateur included selling wine, studying economics, selling dope to jazz musicians,…

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Seeking Strangers In DC (And Elsewhere)

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a stranger out to dinner, but I’m in the process of organizing some interviews in the coming weeks. As part of that effort, I’d love to hear from people in Washington, DC, with an interesting story to tell. If you live in, or…

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Throwback Thursday 28: A Voice For Radio

The 28th Throwback Thursday is my evening meal with BBC radio presenter and writer Zeb Soanes back in January 2011. We met for dinner at the wonderful Andrew Edmunds in London while I was back in my home country, and he told me about his career in radio. Zeb is…

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The Tobolowsky Files

Actor and writer Stephen Tobolowsky, featured as the 66th stranger on this site, will be performing a live version of his podcast The Tobolowsky Files later this month near Seattle in Port Townsend. It’s a great chance to see this master storyteller in person as he talks with the show’s producer and…

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Throwback Thursday 27: British Ink

Ever wanted a tattoo? The 27th sequential Throwback Thursday is my December 2010 dinner with tattoo artist Paul Roe. Over a meal of fantastic French food at Montmartre in DC’s Eastern Market, Paul told me how “I’m in your skin” when designing high quality tattoos, which he did out of…

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