The SF Chron Does Dock Ellis →
Real fans of the LSD No-No know I did the story with Neille Ilel in 2008. The piece aired just before MLB’s 2008 Opening Day. Some guy in New York animated thing eighteen months later. Now every spring it gets a new hearing. Sources tell me this will be Dock’s greatest training camp yet. Stay tuned.
Gaspar Yanga Month
I re-gifted to my girlfriend the sweatshirt given to me by students from the Lawton School. That box of chocolates they laid on me along with so much attention and applause was shat away days ago. Yet as Black Mistory Month comes to a close, the gift of that extraordinary storytelling session in San Francisco’s Sunset District lives on through stories since shared with me. My favorite so...
The Lost Party →
From NY Mag: “That Mitt Romney finds himself so imperiled by Rick Santorum—Rick Santorum!—is just the latest in a series of jaw-dropping developments in what has been the most volatile, unpredictable, and just plain wackadoodle Republican-nomination contest ever.”
The Skinniest Strongman & Friends This. Is. The. Remix. Ultra old-school. Since I first began coming to Portland more than 20 months ago, I’ve roomed with a guy who funked up the fridge with home-pickled meats, witnessed up close countless upturned moustaches, and begun to wear glasses “like contact lenses had never been invented.” I hope you enjoy the latest Portlandia...
Because No One Needs to Know →
Just how often I visit Ultimate Surrender.
Worse than Shit
You know what proves the arbitrary nature of what’s designated profanity and what’s not? The fact that you can’t say the word “shit” on, say, Nickelodeon. Yet “brown nose” is perfectly okay. The latter is far more evocative.
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“What really matters is what you like, not what you are like.” —Nick Hornby, High Fidelity
Pretty Much the Greatest Rap Document, Ever →
Rap Genius is my shit, absolutely. I love its explication of complex rap lyrics. But this map of gangsta locales may well top everything I’ve seen so far on the site. I tout hip hop’s populist dissemination of poetry. But the appreciation for local underground history promoted by the form deserves props, too.
“Dragons is so stupid!” Bugs Bunny’s only Oscar, courtesy of Hidden Los Angeles.
You Are the Issue
I don’t personally think Gingrich or Santorum or the other Republicans still running for president are of huge consequence — Obama would have to get busted butt-fucking a mallard to change the course of this campaign. The desperation that’s dripping off the GOP challengers is all too visible. But it does seem to me that that wide swath of nostalgic thought coursing through wide...
I've Had a Lot of Great Moments Reading Before...
A decade ago, 700 people in Philadelphia sang “Happy Birthday” to me. There’s been more than than one occasion on which I looked an audience member in the eye and instantly understood she would soon be naked in bed with me. Once, at a downtown LA speakeasy, I smoked a joint on stage. But none of these were more fulfilling than the end of my reading of Ntozake Shange’s...
Hollywood's Bad Black Business →
I pretty much nailed the above story two years ago, on NPR. So, it’s gratifying that all sorts of media outlets are now digging into the wrong-headedness of giving projects with Negro leads little more than Tyler Perry and The Cleveland Show.
Found a Roach
In my pocket, while paying for a coffee at Starbuck’s. I ate it right in front of the barrista. Good morning!
Disclose Act Endorsement →
If enhancing this legislation is where Colbert’s People for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow is headed, I totally support the move. It would be perfectly ironic for a mock-super PAC to undo the actual entities.
Who Was More Gay? →
Whitney Houston or Don Cornelius? Trick question. It’s not possible to quantify how gay a person is. Both, obviously, were able to accomodate equipment of the opposite sex for at least a while. Okay. How about this? Which celebrity was happiest and most successful while in a long-term with Robyn Crawford? Here’s a hint: Robyn failed to get props at the much-missed star’s...
The Perfect Vagina A lot of the pussies that you’ve been looking at online have been tampered with, for no good reason besides wanting to please you. If you’re cool with knowing that? Don’t watch this film. If you are concerned by that statement, take it in. Labiaplasty’s a hard subject to deal with, but it’s a blue-chip stock in the plastic surgery field.
Hollywood & Diversity →
Here’s the money paragraph from today’s decades-late investigation into the old white boys club that is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. As someone who’s worked just a bit in Hollywood, I can tell you that the story is obvious, late and completely necessary. A Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing...
Betcha Jeremy Lin Got Some Pussy
Thursday night. Lost his focus. That’s what happened.
Weed in Downtown San Francisco
The streets are more raw downtown than I remember. A moment ago I caught a young Asian woman faking like she was on a cell phone call - a 21st century ruse popular with people feeling threatened in cities. These two brothers then started lingering by me. I grabbed my shit and got the fuck out of there. In an unrelated topic, if any pimps were played out by this early evening’s Facebook...
The Panoply of Poor & More
The ashy and the toothless, the funky and the voluminously profane. And of course the teenage girl and her screaming infant. All are present and accounted for on this bus ride from Fresno to SF. But the Euros just over my shoulder sound and look so hot. They’re the ones who will stay with me when I depart this big-ass hooptie.
The Last Great Knick From Outta Nowhere →
He wasn’t greeted with such fanfare, yet led them great places. I know. I was there. And I told the world about it.