The Cinema

August 2, 2012
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I had a hole in my pocket and two pieces of the earth fell out. One was a meteorite sold to me behind Amoeba Records by a man In Berkeley. He said it came from the site of a starfall in Arizona. The other was a bone from the creek in Austin. I went reaching […]

In Which Fox 6 Outwits Brother Bear, and Other Capers

May 23, 2012
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It didn’t surprise Fox 6 when she catch up with Brother Rabbit that last time, stuck in the tar trap between a pair of fallen cypresses in the dried creek rut. She had laid the trap, so that part of it didn’t surprise her at all, not at all; but the fulfillment of this chase […]

Question

February 14, 2011
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you know how speeches giving love such oft-corrupted figures as doves, roses, rays of sunshine make no clearer the matter than a zipper binds two ends of cloth in a closure you can’t rip apart or leave undone in error? imagine some well-intended maître d’, ardent, introducing specials while we slide our attention to satins […]

Leaking

November 28, 2010
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Everyone thinks I’m not patriotic. But I am a patriot. I’m an outright xenophobe, a minuteman. The problem is I come from the future. The future is my country. And the depraved mongrel present keeps climbing over the walls. To design is to protect what does not yet exist. Something has to get displaced, so […]

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The Last Flower Children Guard San Francisco’s Most Secret Garden

September 19, 2010
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The roses are going wild. Their blooms stick out through glittering tents. The broken greenhouse makes up one entire city block, a jagged surf of canopies ensnared with flowers and fallen glass. In a city of recognizable trifles, San Francisco’s most undiscovered landmark is locked away next to a reservoir and between two forking highways, […]

The Devil & King Christophe

January 21, 2010
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Unfathomably swiftly speeded, Earth’s pomp revolves in whirling flight, As Eden’s brightness is succeeded By deep and dread-inspired night —Goethe’s “Faust”, 1806  Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson says Haiti has been “cursed” because of what he called a “pact with the devil” in its history. —Associated Press, January 13, 2010 Flower bundles are laid at the […]

In Afrobeat Fight, Femi Kuti is No Friend of Government

July 10, 2009
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Femi Kuti cannot resist. He is chatting in his dressing room about improvements needed to African infrastructure and, in the midst of describing his awe at America’s highway system, the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer can’t contain his bubbling over in boyish imitation of the sounds of combustion power. “You have to be envious of the highways […]