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Feb.22.2014
Liberal democracies did not simply spring from a void. According to Timothy Ferris in his compendious and very informative book The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason and the Laws of Nature, democracies came along as the natural result of the scientific inquiry that so informed The Enlightenment...
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Jan.16.2014
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¡La Milonga de San Valentín! Bring your lover, bring your friend, bring your heart. The Ferry Building Market Street and The Embarcadero San Francisco Friday, February 7, 2014 5:30 − 8:00 PM Admission Free! Hosted by Beatrice Bowles and Terence Clarke
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Jan.09.2014
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    One would seldom assert that the greatest of the Impressionists was a Swede. But once having seen the Anders Zorn exhibition currently up at The Palace of The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, you could be forgiven for thinking so...
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Dec.11.2013
Photo courtesy of Alison Singh Gee.
It comes as quite a surprise to Alison Singh Gee to learn that her first visit to her new husband’s family home will take her to a 100-room palace…that her husband’s family owns. Raised in a Los Angeles suburb by her housewife mom (the daughter of a Sacramento poultry farmer of Chinese descent) and...
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Nov.25.2013
Hope you'll look at this new story of mine, available as a free download. It is part of a book of stories, AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, to be published next year. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/365844
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Oct.29.2013
Those of us who lived in San Francisco at the time well remember the ruination of the waterfront by the double decker freeway that ran its length. A monstrosity, the freeway successfully blocked the city from its own bay shore, and made the waterfront itself into an industrial slum worthy of...
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Oct.21.2013
You might not immediately associate one of the great jazz singers of our time with a major exhibition of prestigious antiques. But Kitty Margolis, who is the honorary chairman of this year's San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, takes to the task with great enthusiasm. Photo used courtesy of Kitty...
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Sep.30.2013
"Excuse me," the man said. He stood across from me in an elevator of the building in which I was working, at 8th and 34th in Manhattan. "I think you are not American." His own accent was Hispanic. "How so?" A large smile appeared. "For one, you say things like 'Good morning' and 'How are you?'" I...
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Aug.09.2013
  Those of us who live in California know quite a lot about Richard Diebenkorn. One of the great American artists of the 20th century, Diebenkorn is noted for, among other things, his long sojourns in Berkeley and Santa Monica. His world fame was established once he had begun his...
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Jul.23.2013
The literary editor is now a rare species. Gone are the days when you and your novel could enter into a collegial, comfy relationship with someone like Maxwell Perkins or Jacqueline Onassis. During the last few decades, numbers of editors have been let go by the major corporatized publishers in...
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May.30.2013
Among the writers I know, Lewis Hyde's The Gift is almost always required reading. It is a treatise on the differences between gift-giving cultures (mostly tribal and now disappeared) and the commodity-driven cultures born of the Industrial Revolution (still predominant and thriving stunningly...
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May.13.2013
Used courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The portrait of Juan de Pareja by Velázquez that hangs in a gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan is surrounded by other estimable works, even a few of genius. But this work compels the viewer to look. It is a portrait of personal disappointment and anguish, and its great beauty...
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Apr.12.2013
The news that the Chilean government has exhumed Pablo Neruda's remains, to determine whether or not his death was caused by poisoning, brings a new, but not surprising, twist to Neruda's life, even forty years after his demise. Neruda died just days after his friend Salvador Allende, the...
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Mar.31.2013
Please do yourself a favor and check out the Fighting Videos video at Roddy Doyle's Fighting Words... Not to be missed.
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Mar.25.2013
In today's issue of Huffington Post, I have a piece about the pricing and marketing struggle that is going on between the largest chain book retailer still standing and one of the most prestigious publishing companies in the United States. It's a complicated battle, and the stakes are high... "The...
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