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Posts published in “Essays”

The Crystal Corridor

I sometimes think that this is my punishment for all those years of intermittent amphetamine addiction. Now, in my abstinent old age, I end up…

Cold Songs For Kit

How to get the kids to dig the bard? The pandemic devastated theatre and cinema, but by the time Covid struck the young folks had…

California’s First Legal Indian Killer

UC Hastings’ namesake, Serranus Clinton Hastings, is implicated in the massacre of hundreds of Yuki tribe members. Hastings College of the Law was founded in…

The Prankster Stops Laughing

Roger Stone played a key role in stopping the recount of votes in Florida that would have cost George W. Bush the Presidency in 2000.…

Where Are We?

It’s easy to lose focus. There’s understandable anger over the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on weapons possession and reproductive rights. There’s also the drumbeat: a…

Wine Industry Must Use Less Water

On Tuesday I moderated a panel at Napa Thrives, a wine-industry conference focused on climate change. The subject of my panel was one that's been…

The Executioner’s Song

If you have a dog it will get old, and after that it will get really old and you’ll find yourself in the funny position…

A Beacon of Hope

Where 19th century genius meets 21st century thuggery… I had no idea that a militia of armed rebels was conducting a raid just minutes away…

The Perpetual Stew

It was in the seventies when this happened. Synanon. It was the first drug rehab center. But it was more than that. It was its…

The Steal That Didn’t Get Stopped

There’s papers here. There’s papers there. Could be a desk underneath somewhere.  Entropy got a hold of me inexorably. I keep a stack of items…

Ride to Eat

A hundred miles before breakfast.  It was founding Rider staffer Dick Blom’s number one road rule in the old days back in the Seventies before…

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