.Gary Singh

Gary Singh
Gary Singh’s byline has appeared over 1500 times, including newspaper columns, travel essays, art and music criticism, profiles, business journalism, lifestyle articles, poetry and short fiction. He is the author of The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy (2015, The History Press) and was recently a Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University. An anthology of his Metro columns, Silicon Alleys, was published in 2020.
Silicon Alleys
Feb 1, 2023

Remembering Arnold Del Carlo, Silicon Valley’s Visual Storyteller

One of the greatest photographers in San Jose history has left the building. In fact, many of the buildings he captured have also left.  Originally...
The Friends Meeting House
Jan 25, 2023

Illuminating San Jose’s Quaker Past

The oldest Quaker house in California sits at the end of a cul-de-sac. But don’t worry. It isn’t going anywhere. Right where Morse Street collides...
Prima Books
Jan 18, 2023

Every Building Tells a Story—and Sometimes More Than One

The most unassuming buildings often carry history more important than any scheme developers might concoct. Take the building at 465-467 S. First St. in downtown...
Three Flames
Jan 11, 2023

Meridian Mile: Donuts, Deli Food and the Eternal Three Flames

On Meridian Avenue near Willow Glen, there is no better trifecta of history than Gunther’s Delicatessen, Three Flames Restaurant and Yum Yum Donuts. The...
Pico Iyer credit Derek Shapton
Jan 11, 2023

Pico Iyer’s The Half Known Life Explores Paradise in Discord

For a non-Buddhist, travel writer Pico Iyer does a great job at achieving balance in a world of dissatisfaction. By now, Iyer has given most...
Gary Singh
Jan 4, 2023

Of Travel Routes and Family Trees

With genealogy all the rage these days, I became driven to make an ancestral journey, tracing my roots from downtown San Jose to India. The...
San Jose History
Dec 28, 2022

2022 Retrospective: A Salute to the Research Muses

With all the changes unfolding in San Jose this year, the Alley denizen remained committed to transforming every situation into poetry. So now, as the...
The Lamolle House
Dec 21, 2022

San Jose Gets a Kick Out of This Year’s World Cup

At O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, the World Cup semi-final soccer match between France and Morocco on large outdoor screens triggered the ghosts of nearby French...

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