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The Shadow Box (Part 5)

Where exactly did this disrespect for authority, this all-around cheekiness, come from? Well, between prime 50s TV guys like Groucho Marx and Allen Funt, what…

The Other Rite Of Spring

Ah, spring. The season when the hills turn green, the flowers pop and, the deciduous trees gain vibrant foliage. It also is the season where…

Bad Bugs From Your Beef?

As soon as antibiotics were discovered in the 1940s, they were shown to be about the most effective medications known so far and thus were…

Coronation Blues

Not only the living were listening in Westminster Abbey last Saturday. The dead heard the music too. Among the legion of once famous, wealthy, and…

Why Reagan Nixed The Dos Rios Dam

In December of 1964, California was hit by floods that were even wilder than the great floods of 1955. In three days, from December 21…

Controversial Caramels

Gleaming hogs, chopped Harleys all, were parked in a precise row, south of the Cliff House. Sonny Barger, still Head Guy of the Hell’s Angels…

CAMP Days In The Emerald Triangle

Zoyd had been staying with planters he knew up by Holytail, beyond the coastal ranges and the yearlong fogs, in a valley where marijuana growing…

Letter To A Hawaiian Bonefish

Dear O’io: You eluded us last year. Our esteemed guide, Captain Jeremy Inman of Oahu Flyfishing, caught the Covid, had to cancel. I wrote the…

Coming Into The Country

Mendocino County’s vastness has always been a force-and-violence kind of place where the cops are always at least thirty minutes away. You have to be…

A Conversation With Artist Charles Albert

Charles Albert is not the last white man in San Francisco. Not by a long shot. 43% of the population identifies as white. 49% are…

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