Monthly archives: February, 2018

Why the Next Israel-Hezbollah War Won’t Be an Accident

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres is worried that an all-out war between Hezbollah and Israel may soon engulf the Middle East, even though neither party wants to fight. “Sometimes a spark is enough to unleash this kind of conflict,” Guterres warned on Sunday. But how, exactly? Ben Hubbard, Isabel Kershner and Anne Barnard of The New …

Sitting Shiva at the Home Depot

When my father died, there were eight people gathered around his bed. There was also a hospice worker who counted down the last minutes of his life, commenting, with some appreciation, that despite the ALS, my father’s body was very strong. (I can’t recall her face or name.) When he died he was wearing a …

Chocolate Hummus? Have You No Shame?

First, they came up with roasted red pepper hummus, and I didn’t say anything because hey, roasted red pepper in hummus isn’t that crazy. Then, they came up with taco-inspired hummus, and I didn’t say anything because I thought, well, they’re both dips and this makes some sense. Continue reading “Chocolate Hummus? Have You No …

Chicago Editor Dismissed for Racist Cartoon Mocking J.B. Pritzker

On February 14, 2018, the latest issue of Chicago’s newsweekly the Chicago Reader was deposited in boxes across the city. The cover-story concerned comments made during 2008 phone calls between Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker and then Governor Rod Blagojevich, which were wire tapped by the FBI as part of an investigation into Blagojevich that …

An Incredibly Detailed Miniature Scale Replica of the Defunct Discolandia Record Store in San Francisco

A post shared by Joshua Smith (@joshua_smith_street_artist) on Jan 28, 2018 at 4:29pm PST Artist Joshua Smith, who creates miniature scale models of abandoned buildings from urban settings, has made one such replication of the now-defunct Discolandia Record Store in San Francisco. Discolandia had been a Mission District mainstay since 1972, but rising rents and …