An Excerpt – Suicide Rooms – a book about San Francisco

four.             There’s a garden on the bay side of Telegraph Hill called the Filbert Steps, and it runs down from the heights of Coit Tower to Levi Plaza right across the Esplanade from San Francisco Bay. They used to make Levis in San Francisco. They used to make a lot of things here. They…

Postcards – 4

If I eat a healthy dinner tonight, it will be the first time in weeks I didn’t go out of my way to eat something eventually fatal and last night I watched a film about the Stanford Prison Experiments. I smoked cigarettes and took a Vicodin before bed. Tonight I want to drink, smoke more…

Postcards – 1

I’m not sure what a story is anymore. Winds whip Chicago, especially downtown, right off the lake, charging between half-empty buildings standing tall and angry against starless, black skies at night. Not sure where to begin, the words, not sure what words to use anymore (I’m too old) or what order they should be in…

Rahm Emanuel and Jussie Smollet – a few notes on whitewashing…

Earlier this week, Rahm Emanuel got mad, really mad. He got television mad. Upset about the felony charges being dropped against Jussie Smollet, Mayor Rahm held a press conference where he called the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office decision to drop the charges a “whitewash of justice.” He told reporters he was defending the city’s…

On My Own Lack of Empathy…Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve known for a long time I don’t contain the natural empathy or feeling of the average person. This could be how it’s always been. This could also be (in part) desensitization from a career in social work…twenty years of witnessed experiences and darker narratives: – Doing paperwork in a crisis house when a woman…

A reaction to the reckless…

  Yesterday, Judge Carl Barbier ruled British Petroleum was guilty of gross negligence in the lead-up to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, stating BP made “profit-driven decisions” during the drilling of the well and “these instances of negligence, taken together, evince an extreme deviation from the standard of care and a conscious disregard of known risk.” Barbier…

Republican coincidence and payroll tax holidays…

At the end of this month the payroll tax holiday will expire, and if allowed to lapse, it will come as a tax increase for working lower and middle class Americans. The Democrats, including Obama, are in favor of an extension while many Republicans are not. Many Republicans are demanding the extension be offset by spending cuts elsewhere or…

Feds, Coast Guard, join BP to prove they’ve learned very little…

In two developments this past week, British Petroleum officially welcomed the Coast Guard and the Federal Government to their party that history forgot. Behind the ivy covered walls, steel doors and security guards of BP headquarters, Bob Dudley toasted Coast Guard Captain, Julia Heim and BOEMRE head, Michael Bromwich, celebrating a rousing relapse of maritime irresponsibility and forgetfulness. Toast…