A summer camp for grownups in need of digital detox. NewYorker.com.
New York Times
Adventure and misadventure on Northern California’s Delta.
One last river-shooting hurrah before the baby makes us hibernate.
Peasant cooking, in Oakland.
David Geffen’s improvement on Billionaires’ Beach.
A short review of Gabe Hudson’s story collection.
Outside Baltimore, the nation’s first public high school dedicated to homeland security.
On becoming the long battle.
A Living Wage campaign shakes up Harvard.
A strange subset of the fathers’ rights movement insists the growing number of sex abuse allegations obscures a deeper truth.
San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com
311’s window onto San Francisco’s secret heart.
Salon.com’s long-running advice columnist hit bottom so you don’t have to.
A twice-convicted felon makes a clean break from prison. Sort of.
San Francisco Magazine
Introducing Scary Cow, San Francisco’s socialist meritocracy where awful and wonderful alien movies get made.
In a square mile of West Texas, vanishing roots of a wilder America. Afar magazine.
On visual art made by the visually impaired. New York Times.
Los Angeles has changed.
Every city needs a lake, and every lake needs a $22 million restaurant on its shores.
To paraphrase Charlton Heston, some damn dirty apes come to the land of Pollock.
The radical, sometimes naked Austrian, at last in the United States.
AfarAll you need is gezelligheid.
The former Yugoslav republic made 18,000 people disappear in the blink of an eye. Now it wants the world to forget its experiment in ethnic cleansing.
A profile of the Velvet Underground founder.
A plea for the revision of sex talk.
In a straighter realm, a Bay Area wanderer is lost for good.
What happened to Fremont mechanic Hamid Sayadi after 9/11?
The life of an irritatingly likable international inspiration.
Women's Health Magazine
As the grandson of the Gerber Baby, I was expected to produce a mashed peas eater myself. I wasn’t convinced.
Never trust a stranger with $50. New York Times.
A funky old surf town re-brands itself as Surf City USA.
A weekend in the Mission District.
Weekend travel guide to the Northern California wine region.
In solitary confinement for 34 years, Herman Wallace architects an alternate reality.
On San Francisco’s dingy old strip of motels, in the Sunday Travel section.
A week in Iceland’s capital gets freaky.
Reconciling Sarajevo with Iraq: Toward a consistent feminist foreign policy. (Broadsheet blog entry)
Barbecue’s co-opting of feminism.
Why aren’t all these people working?
Michael Skrzypek’s strange encounter with the universal dream.
Learning to stop being a loser and start getting the big bucks.
San Francisco’s forgotten year.
Conde Nast Portfolio
Ex-Google exec David Friedberg is applying Google-like technology to allow all types of businesses to hedge their exposure to the elements.
A scribble on a slip of paper becomes a mystery. New York Times Magazine.
On the bus with the co-housing tourists.
Cozy soup in the bone-chilling gloom.
The Gehry-ization of the awful old cat tree.
Arcosanti, Arizona’s never-finished experimental city.
It’s ugly. But only from the outside.
Yelpification, ubiquitous appraisal and our culture of critique.
The tragic, miraculous and then unbelievable true story of Hollywood producer Simon Lewis.
Raised like a son by a New York family as part of a language experiment, Nim Chimpsky was shipped away when funds ran out.
A review of the V.S. Naipaul novel.
The former president’s biggest hater — and employee.
Tracking down the human behind the wasteful Neosporin travel tote.
Jumping ship in order to clean them.
Home sellers invent a surreally perfect psychological space.