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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…

Beyond The Bay Area’s Best 100 Restaurants

Where to eat? What to eat? And when to eat? Questions about food and eating proliferate endlessly. Each day brings new challenges, new desires and perhaps even new fears in…

Strange Bedfellows

Charles Dudley Warner, the nineteenth-century American writer and Mark Twain’s pal, coined two memorable quips: “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it; and “Politics makes strange…

Cuban-Born College President Ruben Armiñana

Cuban-Born College President Ruben Armiñana

After twenty-four years at the helm of the institution that he has radically transformed, Sonoma State University President, Ruben Armiñana, will retire on July 1, 2016. But first he has…

V. I. Lenin, Jack London & Me

V. I. Lenin, Jack London & Me

When I was in college, I learned about ambiguity by reading the novels and the essays of Henry James, the Anglo-American author who was born in New York and who…

Ballsy Intellectuals Run Amuck

Nothing – not drones, bombs, apps, or awards – stops the white male North American intellectual in his quest to nail the nature of the times in which we live.…

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