Ben Marcus

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  • 7 years ago | A Considerable Town

    My wife, Anna, who is Russian, was in Moscow last winter — where ice skating in a beautiful rink at Red Square, under the shadow of Lenin’s Tomb, is how the locals battle Seasonal Affective Disorder. Anna lives here now, where people t...

  • 7 years ago | A Considerable Town

    On Saturday morning I woke up to the sound of sirens. The first thing I saw was a Super Scooper directly in front of my house, scooping tons of saltwater and heading off in the direction of Point Dume before turning inland. From my balcony, I coul...

  • 7 years ago | A Considerable Town

    Santa Anas at night, surfers’ delight. Santa Anas in the morning, homeowners take warning. Surfers love Santa Ana winds. They roar down Malibu Canyon and give the waves a makeover — from languid, shaggy hippies into movie stars. Holdin...

  • 8 years ago | A Considerable Town

    Driving to Paradise Cove in Malibu on a summer Saturday is to be confronted with almost as many signs as you’d see on the road to Belfast during the Troubles (albeit of a different sort). No Surfboards on Beach. No Dogs or Animals of Any Kin...

  • 8 years ago | A Considerable Town

    There were more clowns in the water than normalSaturday morning over at Sunset, a popular spot for beginner surfers where Sunset Boulevard ends at Pacific Coast Highway. There were clowns, a couple of Vikings, Santa Claus, Madame Butterfly, Silver...

  • 8 years ago | A Considerable Town

    Summer is just around the corner, and the weekend inconveniences around Malibu begin with tourists eating all the day-old, $1.25 muffins before I can get to my favorite coffee place, not to mention the nonstop parade of wannabe bikers, out-of-town...