Tag Archives: california

Closer than clothes

I went to the laundromat last night after work. They've got Wi-Fi now (good!); you have to hunt down an attendant for the password (bad!); there are no power outlets so you can always be chargin' (ugly!). A guy waiting for his clothes to dry had an Ovation acoustic guitar with him. I saw him […]

Booka’sto trippin’

African American fiction Reading what RPM wrote the other day reminded me.

First and foremost as a way of using language

Weird Al Yankovic – White and Nerdy Live Mary Bucholtz, a linguist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been working on the question for the last 12 years. She has gone to high schools and colleges, mainly in California, and asked students from different crowds to think about the idea of nerdiness and […]

Vox Hunt: Cityscape

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IM IN UR HALL LISTNIN TO UR CLASIX

Symphony for the Bloggers

SFIFF 50: “Look at Mr. Lee” (ii)

Back to front It had been a minute since I'd been on any parts of Muni, let alone something as nice as the F Market. I leaned back in my back-row seat and lolled like a pasha, taking pictures of passing bicyclists, the Orpheum Theatre all Conan'd up, intersections teeming with people and cars and […]

SFIFF 50: “Look at Mr. Lee” (i)

Until last night, I'd never been in a room with Spike Lee. The list of people I have to thank for making that happen will only get shorter if I start mentioning names now. First would be Kevin Smokler, who took a chance on me and heads-upped me last year when the San Francisco International […]

No There There #1

Oakland Meets Obama

The gig that got away (2006 edition)

I saw a few last year but I didn't see this one until now, so DJ Rotten Robbie, G-d bless your soul and keep livin'.

King’s other dream

Flags for MLK in Civic Park "[…] There is at the outset a very obvious and almost facile connection between the war in Vietnam and the struggle I and others have been waging in America. A few years ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real […]