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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Great West Coast Newspaper War

Seized delivery vans, murderous editors, irate blog posts, allegations of insanity, connections to the Church of Satan, illegal predatory-pricing schemes, and more than $21 million on the line—the crazy alt-weekly war in San Francisco has it all.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Murder In South Park

Two Stranger features on a gruesome crime, the troubled man accused of committing it, and a scrappy neighborhood reeling from loss: While South Park Slept and The Mind of Kalebu.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Inheritance Of Loss

NPR's On the Media looks at the Seattle media ecosystem now that the print edition of the Seattle Post Intelligencer is no more—and I say something about feathers in online caps.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Anatomy of a Netroots Failure

A piece about the blog-fueled campaign of Darcy Burner, in this month's American Prospect.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Too Beautiful to Live

It was a typical evening on Too Beautiful to Live, the Seattle radio show that has been happily predicting its own demise since it launched 11 months ago, and host Luke Burbank was getting ready to share a special bit of audio he'd come across online. People had been trying to suppress this audio file, forcing its deletion from websites that were hosting it, but as fast as it came down it would pop back up somewhere else, and now Burbank was going to play it for the world. "What it is, is a tape of George Brett, longtime Kansas City Royal third baseman, and he's... it's right before a baseball game, and he's mic'd up, they're going to interview him for some reason, you know, probably during the game, but they have the microphone turned on early, and he's telling a fellow player named Tony Peña, longtime catcher in the major leagues, a story about a time when, well, uh, he pooped his pants."
The rest...

Milk and the Idea of California

I'm a bit late in posting this, but Netflix's decision to finally—finally!—send me Rob Epstein's The Times of Harvey Milk remdinds: here's what I wrote for The American Prospect about Gus Van Sant's more recent cinematic take on the Mayor of Castro Street.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dept. of Early Goodbyes

A new web site devoted to saying farewell to George W. Bush.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Rx for Election Anxiety Disorder

Monday, September 8, 2008

How the West (And the Presidency?) Will Be Won

I have a piece in this month's American Prospect that takes a long look at demographic and political changes in the Mountain West—and what they mean for Democrats. You can read it here.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

How the Party Parties

A week in Denver during the Democratic National Convention produces some odd experiences.
Some parties were just strange, and made one wonder whether the combination of perpetual boozing and Denver's high altitude was triggering some sort of psychic break. A friend of a friend reported: "It was right about the time that I was eating coconut-covered shrimp at the Denver Aquarium and watching a tiger lick up the words 'DNC 2008' written in whipped cream that I realized I had no idea what the convention was about." Why there was a tiger at the Denver Aquarium could not be answered by anyone I encountered.

Interview With a Vampire

Ten questions for Stephanie Meyer.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Who's Your Daddy?

I might be the last person in the world to review Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father and John McCain's Faith of My Fathers. But I think I'm probably the first person to review the books jointly, use the review as an opportunity to explore the candidates' father issues, and put it all under the headline Who's Your Daddy?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Moving On

My piece about finally becoming bored with the gay marriage movement, from this year's Stranger Queer Issue.

(Illustration by Justin DeGarmo)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Almost Infamous

In my new Stranger feature, I read my first autopsy report and look at the life and death of William F. Ball—the man who didn't kill Shannon Harps.

(Illustration by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Dalai Lama to Journalists: "My Hope is That You're Also Part of Humanity"

I don't know if all of his press conferences are like this, but the early-morning media availability that the Dalai Lama held in Seattle on Sunday (I was there, randomly, as the invisible hand of AFP) ended up being quite a remarkable deviation from every other presser I've attended. The Dalai Lama opened with this:
Good morning, everybody. I have nothing to say.
He then spent about five minutes talking to the assembled journalists about the ways in which we might live more successful, happy lives—also unusual, but rather apropos given the state of our industry.

"Anger, hatred, jealousy, brings inner sense of insecurity," the Dalai Lama was saying.

I was thinking: Have you ever worked in a newsroom?

"Compassion open our heart..."

I thought: Good luck with this crowd.

He continued with his version of Journalistic Humanity 101:
In modern time, particularly in modern country, media people are very, very important. Now, in democratic country, people are the real democracy. Leadership very important—but ultimately people are the most important. Everything depend on the people.

Therefore, fuller knowledge of every event by the public is very essential. So media people have very, very important role to inform the people. For that reason, usually I make a habit of telling media people: You should have long nose, something like elephant nose, and smell everywhere—front, and side, and also behind. That’s I think very important.

For writing you should be objective and unbiased but then tell me, make clear, what’s going on—good thing or bad thing? I think that’s very important. So that the public knows: What’s going on? What’s the reality? Then the public can judge. I think that’s very important.

So my request and my hope is that you’re also part of humanity, the promotion of human values, and the promotion of harmony. I think, in these things, you also have responsibility. So, keep in your mind, that’s all.
I was stuck on his hope that media types might—just might!—also be part of humanity. I guess even the Dalai Lama wonders whether we have it in us to be human. Nice to know he's still holding out hope, though.

"Now," he said, "questions."

Monday, April 7, 2008

Death By Blogging

At long last, a story that makes me feel good about the slow pace of this blog.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Chris Crocker on South Park

It's still unclear whether the real Chris Crocker will ever have his own reality show, but the cartoon Chris Crocker got a few minutes on the recent "Canada on Strike" episode of South Park. Watch it here.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

"Governor Spitzer!"

Really, what good is a blog if it can't play host to that video of your friend being lovingly assaulted (or, rather, just plain old salted) by a drag-queen-of-size at a New York brunch place over the weekend? Exactly. And there's even some political content (at the beginning). Therefore:


Confidential to the Seattle soccer boys: You're welcome.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Sub-Prime Mess Explained by Stick Figures

Friday, March 7, 2008

Sypmathy for the ELFers

I have a piece up on about the suspected eco-terrorism near Maltby, Washington, and the fact that the destroyed "Street of Dreams" was not exactly a cherished local landmark.

Here's a quote that I was surprised to get for my story. It comes from FBI special agent Frederick Gutt:
A lot of people in the Northwest, on the west coast, and in the U.S. and in the world today are environmentalists, have concerns about the earth and mother nature, myself included... A lot of people up here may be more sympathetic to the objective. It's a social objective many people can share.
Surprising because law enforcement officials are not always so thoughtful and personally forthcoming in their remarks about crimes such as this. Lest you think him an ELF sympathizer, however, here's what else Gutt said:
I don't think it makes the methods any more acceptable. There are ways to effect real change without resorting to crimes of violence.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Hello 'Conversation' Listeners

As you heard on today's show, I have this here personal blog in addition to my blogging over at The Slog.

For obvious reasons, I haven't had a lot of time lately to keep this personal blog churning. But since you've arrived here, and are probably looking for political content, why not click on over to the writing page and check out my political profiles and my reporting from Iowa?

Or, if that doesn't do it for you, how about a nice video of a puppy?

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hillary Clinton's Seattle Speech

Greetings Slog readers. Here's a digital audio recording of Hillary Clinton's speech at Pier 30 in Seattle this evening.