An Anderson Adventure

PG&E’s impending bankruptcy presents a golden opportunity for the state to buy it cheap so that everyone, not just a few lucky cities like Sacramento, will have public electricity.   It all started in 2006 when my friend Bob invited me to join him at Zellerbach Hall for a Laurie Anderson concert.  Laurie who? i […]

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Eureka!

These Fokkers were Messerschmidts.   Yep, i’ve found it. The search was long and tedious, and i’ve written about my previous attempts to find a good gyros in San Francisco and how i kept finding one that was slightly better than the previous best.  But somehow, finding a better one blinded me to the fact […]

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Le Salon

“They trust me, dumb fucks.” – Mark Zuckerberg  Ou la la, i’ve been to a salon. Actually, i’d always thought of salons as a gathering of literary figures to talk about literature and perhaps read something they’ve recently written, but this was the other kind of salon, one focused on music. It all started when […]

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Accomplishment and Joy

I broke down, paid for one of those DNA ancestry tests, received the package, spat in the tube, mailed it back, waited for weeks, and finally learned that i’m 100% European. What!!! Not the tiniest taste of something lactose intolerant? How boring.   Thanksgiving is near.  It’s my favorite holiday because even though Norman Rockwell […]

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A Mysterious Bean

Clearly what happened is that in a moment of asperity, Mohammed bin Salman wondered beneath his breath, “Will no one rid me of this troublesome journalist?”   A couple of weeks ago i was at the Alemany Farmers’ Market, and out of the corner of my eye as i passed a stall that had never […]

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The Great Feijoa Roundup

I’m gonna scrawl “Told ya so!” with a marking pen across the belly of my Bernie Sanders tee shirt.   It’s that time of year, and the feijoas are ripening all over the Bay Area.  Yes, i sense your excitement at this news even as i admit that for the first sixty years of my […]

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The Interview

Exercise your franchise.   Last Friday i was interviewed for a couple of hours by an excruciatingly young British scholar named Mike Nott.  I find it shocking that there are now people with doctorates who look like handsome high school students,  and this one is writing a biography of Thom Gunn.  He was in town […]

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Trophies

White supremacists chug milk, Colbert quipped, “Because for white supremacists, lactose is their only form of tolerance.”   Winner of this month’s Spinmeister award, Blake Fischer of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, who got his fifteen minutes of fame by posting a photo of himself posing with a family of baboons he’d just killed, […]

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The Copy Editor on Drugs

“Nixon is starting to look better and better by contrast these days.” – John Yoo Oh, am i tapdancing around the room or what!!!!  I just caught that genius, Yuval Noah Harari in a misspelling.  And what makes it even richer is that, to be precise, i just discovered that Harari and i shared the […]

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Italian

“People who believe in the hi-tech Noah’s Ark for the rich should not be put in charge of the global ecology, for the same reason that people who believe in a heavenly afterlife should not be given nuclear weapons.” – Yuval Harari   Yes, i’m studying Italian and have bit off more than i can […]

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