From Tragedy to Farce

From Tragedy to Farce

(January 23, 2020) There are a lot of things I didn't like about last week, from comical nonsense like The New York Times endorsing Elizabeth Warren AND Amy Klobucar as the Democratic Party...

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Subdivisions

(January 16, 2020) The new year claimed its first rock star death last week and it was a doozy. Neil Peart was probably the most uniquely influential drummer for the last four decades...

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Dust into Dust

(January 9, 2020) In 1859, when Edward Fitzgerald published his English translation of the collected poetic quatrains attributed to Omar Khayyam, the Persian polymath from what is now Northeastern Iran had already been...

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Time Zone Twenty Twenty

(January 2, 2020) This is going to be brief because we are still in the lean days of the winter break. But even though I am writing in the last days of 2019,...

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To the Future

(December 26, 2019) As Robert Burns wrote, "And there's a hand, my trusty fere!/ And gie's a hand o'thine!/ And we'll tak a gude-willie waught/ For auld lang syne." Cheers. Thursday (Boxing Day)...

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War is Over (If You Want It)

(December 19, 2019) Despite what the shrieking dummkopfs in the right-wing media sphere might have you believe, there was only ever one war on Christmas on this continent and it happened during the...

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Pour One Out

(December 12, 2019) Last week, local heavy music aficionado, New York native and Natty Dog Hot Dogs cart wrangler Eric Riccio died. That he died of a heart attack at a local heavy...

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Being Here

(December 5, 2019) I had a one-two punch this week: On Sunday I got to see a beautiful brand new little baby that my friends made and on Monday I spent time in...

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A New Holiday

(November 28, 2019) I have been getting a lot of pushback for some of my opinions lately. This is good, people should talk. And if I'm right, I don't need to worry too...

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Blackened Brightness

(November 21, 2019) This week is a bit of a somber one for me, as Nov. 25/26 marks the 20th anniversary of my mother's death from cancer at the far too young age...

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To Autumn

(November 14, 2019) It's definitely been what John Keats called a "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, close bosom friend of the maturing sun" recently. We have been lucky in that sense because...

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Loving the Alien

(November 7, 2019) Despite some of the disapprobation I get from the public as feedback for a few of my hotter takes in this column, I am not a particularly "woke" person nor...

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PG&E WTF

(October 31, 2019) I'm hastily typing this out a few days earlier than usual because I'm trying to beat the clock on PG&E's incoming Saturday power austerity, which I am sure you will...

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Halloween Lite

(October 24, 2019) This is an odd series of days to report on the nightlife, as it so happens Halloween is just past the clutches of this writer's ichorous, undead claws. By which...

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The Week in Review

(October 17, 2019) Like everyone reading this, I survived the blackout PG&E inflicted upon us. Sitting in the dark, reading books by candlelight and headlamp, gave me ample thinking time, so I have...

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A Wee Touch of the Lurgy

(October 11, 2019) I have what I am telling myself is a slight cold. Maybe it has something to do with my multi-generational associates: My friend's absurdly cute baby seemed a little snottier...

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