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Music, Bouncer

Double D's: depression and dickheads

The more astute readers out there may have noticed that I tend to be, er, a bit depressive. I think one of my friends put it best when he said that every time he read my column he felt it…
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Film, Director's Cuts

Director's Cuts

With all due respect to the inventive barbecue kings who enlivened The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a pair of deranged Danes called The Green Butchers would likely win the cordon bleu for cannibal cuisine. Hannibal Lecter himself might savor something called…
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Dining, Eat Reconsider the Oyster

Reconsider the Oyster

"I'm thinking about doing a piece on oyster bars," I said idly to Jeff over the phone. "Wait for me!" he commanded, and I was willing, because he and his friend John were coming to the Bay Area in just…
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News, Dog Bites

A Modest Post-Election Proposal

It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town to be accosted daily by hordes of drunken beggars and junkie prostitutes. The noble citizenry of San Francisco hath long ago proclaimed its distaste for such public…
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Music, LiLiPUT/Kleenex


For decades, the Zurich-based art-punk ensemble Kleenex has held a peculiar fascination for high-minded music listeners. From 1978 to 1983, this all-woman combo released a series of screechy, off-kilter records that placed it amongst other purposefully difficult bands such as…
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