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Anxious SF Artist, Paul Madonna, Moves On

Artists are the “antennae” of the human race, someone once said. They’re the mind readers and the prophets who scope out the future. And sometimes they’re also complex recording instruments…

Greg Sarris! Live!

Greg Sarris! Live!

Call Greg Sarris an anomaly, or maybe call him emblematic of the cultural crosscurrents of our age. Raised in a white, middle class family in Santa Rosa, California and a…

Undercover Reporters Uncover Crimes in the Banking Industry

Undercover Reporters Uncover Crimes in the Banking Industry

The tellers at my branch of Citibank take my money and smile politely. “Will there be anything else, Mr. Raskin?” they ask. “No,” I say politely. I’m out of there…

“The Rag”

“The Rag”

“The Sixties” as a state of mind has lasted far longer than the actual decade itself, much to the delight of 1960s survivors and to the annoyance of politicians who…

Sheriff Tom Allman & Mental Illness in Mendocino

A specter is haunting Mendocino: the specter of mental illness. No one knows that story better, both personally and professionally, than Thomas D. Allman who has served as the county…

Donald Trump’s Mexico — And Mine

Donald Trump’s Mexico — And Mine

Mexico never seems to age, never appears to grow old, and never goes backward or forward in time, though it’s always in flux. “Poor Mexico, so far from God and…

Still Waiting For Pot Dust To Settle

French journalist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr might have been thinking of marijuana when he coined the phrase “plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose” which translates more or less as…

MLB 2016 Season So Far: It Sucks!

Hasn’t everyone noticed by now that it sucks? No, I’m not talking about the race for the Presidency, which has offered plenty of fireworks, but the second half of the…

Signs Of A Subversive City

Signs Of A Subversive City

An island city made of steel, glass and concrete, Manhattan is also a city of nearly infinite signs and spectacular symbols, many of them subversive. Indeed, Manhattan is a paradise…

SSU’s New Japanese-American President

He’s the toughest of acts to follow. Moreover, no one will ever be as controversial as he has been. Indeed, during his decades-long tenure at Sonoma State University, President Ruben…

No Smoking Gun

No Smoking Gun

I’ve never really liked Hillary, whom I still think of as Bill’s wife, and, while I would rejoice if a genuine feminist finally moved into the White House, I don’t…

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