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News, Matt Smith

The Darthies

Noble villains and incorrigible heroes, such as The Incredibles' morally conflicted "Syndrome," or the X-Men's principled "Magneto," remind us that good is not always good. Bad often isn't what it's cracked up to be. And gray areas can sometimes be…
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News, Matt Smith

An Instigator's Instigator

Gadflies (Hypoderma lineatum) are often found at muddy stream crossings, below the crust of manure piles, and at San Francisco committee hearings. Adult gadflies bite and lay their eggs in the hair of the hocks and hind legs, and when…
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News, Matt Smith The Nature of Politics

The Nature of Politics

Retired Golden Gate Park gardener Jake Sigg parks his decades-old Volkswagen Beetle at the end of a cul-de-sac halfway up Mount Davidson, steps slowly onto the street, and gives me a friendly, if halting, handshake. Sigg is a loquacious man…
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