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Poem: The Sexiest Thing a Woman Can Do

Your furled brow and pursed lips declare “all is not quite right.” You’re losing private battles between foes called Dark and Light.   A poker face is good for gambling, good for fooling foes, but tabula rasa is a start for art, not how friendship grows. Unpinch the nose, remove the sneer, put pleasure where...

Hindi Zahra

A French-Moroccan chanteuse who sings in English, French and Berber, Hindi Zahra sounds exactly like herself — which is to say unlike anyone else. Backed by as few instruments as she can get away with — a guitar, some bongos — Hindi fills the soundscape with her peculiarly seductive voice, a thin airy tone that suggests...

The Freedomaire

We’re taught that freedom is a concept worth fighting and dying for. We’re taught that freedom is what makes the United States of America the greatest country on Earth. Freedom, we’re taught, is man’s divine state; to abridge or steal it is a kind of crime against Nature. Yet most of us abdicate whatever freedom...

I Welcome That Debate

“I welcome that debate.” — President Barack Obama, reacting to the disclosure of a secret domestic surveillance program operating under his watch. “I welcome that debate,” I said to my wife. She had just discovered that I’d been having — actually, that I am currently having and intend to continue having — an affair with...

Here Lies Love

Entertaining, educational, and totally boogie-licious, the New York Public Theater production of “Here Lies Love” is the most fun we’ve had at a show since the age of disco. Originally a stellar recording project created by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, with vocals from, among others, Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Nathalie Merchant, Santigold, Florence Welch,...

Flood Plain Produce

These days “organic” may not mean organic. But when you can actually see your food being grown and harvested on a charming three-acre plot surrounded by groves of ancient Redwoods, you fully understand what “organic” is supposed to mean: natural, sun-infused, unprocessed. And delicious. At Flood Plain Produce, in the tiny village of Pepperwood, along the Avenue of the Giants...

Harana Kings

In the old Philippines, before text messaging and Facebook, a gentleman courted a lady by serenading her at night beneath her window, a tradition called harana. Like Cuba’s “Buena Vista Social Club,” the new Harana Kings album joins seasoned veterans with young interpreters, creating music that’s simultaneously a cultrural remembrance and a fresh discovery. Guitars, light...

Looking Back on 2012: An Oral History of American Values

I was young like you once. Don’t laugh. It seems impossible, I know. An old codger like me of 77! You probably can’t picture when I was only 47 and healthy, with all my own teeth and a libido that didn’t yet require boner pills. Sure, that was three decades ago, and I look a...

The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number of Great People

The Government is supposed to punish criminals, which is why the Obama administration’s crusading Justice Department has given notice that the feds will seize America’s largest — and best organized, and best known — medical marijuana dispensary, in Oakland. The Citizenry is supposed to punish bad politicians by voting for good ones, which is why George...

Speak the Truth?

Apologies in advance if this gets all Orwellian right quickly. We try hard not to sound like a nut-job or Coast-to-Coast Radio conspiracy fetishist — is that redundant? — especially when examining the lengths some folks will go to control the lives of others, but this stuff is real, man. Old George – or, Mr....