Ralphie on the Road

The cross-country adventures of Rafael Alvarez

Ralphie Regrets the Error, Leaves Los Angeles

Bless me father for I have sinned: I am an unreliable narrator. Last week’s debut column about crisscrossing the United States – a 2008 sojourn with visits to the shack ...

Ralphie on the Road

Editor’s Note: In 2008, while scrambling between Baltimore and Los Angeles for work with stops in Tennessee for pleasure and the odd sojourn to New York City, writer Rafael Alvarez ...

I don’t have Einstein’s brain in the trunk, but I wish I did. Poe’s writing hand or the pinky upon which the guitarist Elmore James wore his metal slide — ...