The Word Writer: Mary Roach’s mastery of the mother tongue in full display in...

Certainly, Roach writes about science with the fervor of other bards focused—to reference a dictionary definition—on “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.”

Sweet, Sweet Solano: From Berkeley to Albany, sate your sugar jones

"While the event is now over for 2021, this may be just the moment for our own Solano Stroll, with stops along the way for some sweet treats. The shops listed below are stand-outs—but by no means our only options."

High and Dry: Cannabis had its best quarter yet, but federal legalization is still...

"Since the beginning of 2018, when pot sales began, state taxes on cannabis sales have generated $2.8 billion in revenue for the state, on total taxable sales of $11.7 billion. In the second quarter of this year (June through August) $333 million in tax revenue flowed from $1.4 billion in taxable sales. That marks the industry’s best quarter yet."

Remaindered: The literary and dramatic crimes of Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza’s ‘Best Sellers’

"The film’s publicity has the nerve to use one of the oldest taglines in existence, the one about how the characters’ lives are changed “in ways they didn’t expect.” Bullshite."

Nineteen Hand Horse: Cowboy music from the wild, wild East (Bay)

Archangel and her husband, Mark Montijo, were scratching out a living as musicians when they met, years ago, in L.A. “I saw friends approaching 40 and still not making a living,” she said. “We played music a bit, and I wrote songs—then suddenly the stars aligned. We started playing as a duo and put a band together. Why it took so many years, I’ll never know.”

Mills Must Explore Options

"Frankly, I’m unsure if the crucial decisions about the future of Mills are being made because of incompetent leadership or because the administration has something to gain from the closure. In either case, the approach is unacceptable."

SJ Boney: The Patron Saint of Sandwiches

"Boney asked himself the essential, existential question: What do I want to do with the rest of my life? The answer pushed him to open The Saint. 'If it fails, at least I tried,' he says. 'I talked about it with all my friends, and it just seemed like the right time.'"

Latinos Shape California. Why Are So Many Sitting Out the Recall?

"Interviews with Latino voters, strategists and advocates throughout the state reveal a frustration among Hispanics that Newsom has never tapped into. The pandemic has further entrenched inequality statewide and deepened the anger over the pervasive class divide Newsom’s wealth only highlights."

Free Will Astrology: Week of September 8

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “We need to become more unreasonable but in an intelligent way,” says Aries politician Jerry Brown. Yes! I agree! And that’s especially true for you right now, Aries. To Brown’s...

Inter State: Jose Vadi travels the length of California and re-acquaints himself with the...

"Vadi said, 'I feel like Inter State is a series of essays that answer a lot of questions I had about myself and my family and my relationship with California. By way of answering those questions, it allowed me to investigate other questions I came up with along the way that hint at California’s future.'"

Nineteen Hand Horse: Cowboy music from the wild, wild East (Bay)

Archangel and her husband, Mark Montijo, were scratching out a living as musicians when they met, years ago, in L.A. “I saw friends approaching 40 and still not making a living,” she said. “We played music a bit, and I wrote songs—then suddenly the stars aligned. We started playing as a duo and put a band together. Why it took so many years, I’ll never know.”

Low Hold: A wounded warrior in a broke-down palace

"The professional gambler and morally disabled ex-warrior who calls himself William Tell (Oscar Isaac, doing a very slow burn) lives the life of a sort of penitent monk in beat-out motel rooms and forlorn casinos. Without spoiling too much of the story, let’s just say that Tell is on the road to some form of redemption after taking part in one of contemporary history’s most heinous war crimes."

Ah-Mer-Ah-Su: Oakland soul transported to the sunny South

“I want my art to deal in reality, so the vibe expresses a temperamental feeling,” Amerasu said. “Being inside for a year was exhausting. I want to go out and do all the things I like to do. I wrote it a while ago, but it fits perfectly with the mood of post-pandemic life. I know it’s not over. We’re still moving toward some version of a new reality.”

What’s so bad about socialism, asks ‘The Big Scary “S” Word’

In the spirit of Michael Moore’s 2009 'Capitalism: A Love Story', director Yael Bridge’s energetic new documentary 'The Big Scary “S” Word' builds its argument for socialism—perhaps our society’s most widely misunderstood political/ philosophical system—on a case-by-case, ground-level basis, with plenty of help from the history books and such public figures as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, philosophy professor Cornel West and sociologist Adaner Usmani.

Sugar Candy Mountain: Bright songs from the heart of darkness

While the songs on 'Impression' often reflect the stressful events of the past year and a half—wildfires, Covid, sheltering in place—the buoyant melodies, positive lyrics, playful production and Reiter’s breezy vocals shower your ears to unexpected musical sparks.

Boogey Nights: Two new movies about serial killer Ted Bundy, one thoughtful and the...

The filmmakers’ comparatively subtle dramatization of such a bizarre true-crime story works in 'No Man of God’s' favor. Wood and Kirby contribute carefully measured performances, and the screenplay sticks to its studious criminology as we delve into the inner workings of a monstrous psychopath. We can’t say the same for 'Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman'.".
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