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The Controversialist

Dinesh D’Souza can be prickly and cute.

Not long ago, Dinesh D'Souza, who is an Indian immigrant from Bombay, one of America's prominent conservative authors, and, like William F. Buckley Jr., an enthusiastic and skilled debater, was discussing things political and personal ...

Paternal Loam

“I was too stupid to know it was time to stop. All of a sudden, one day, I said, ‘There’s fruit on those vines!’”

The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets

The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets. University of Nebraska Press; 2005; 163 pages; $19.95. FROM THE DUST JACKET: "Kooser's Poetry Home Repair Manual is marked by impeccable clarity and focus of ...

Live from Marin County, California

Total Eclipse of the Big Yellow Ball The planets are coming, the planets are coming! I mean, they're disappearing. Sort of. It's a solar eclipse, babies. Everyone under his or her desks. Or is this ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago One of the first guys we meet is a "popcorn" (small time) pimp lounging in a doorway north of Fifth and Market. He wants to know if Mike knows any white girls ...

Creamy Flesh

"Approximately 20 percent of the [42,000] people in Fallbrook deal with avocados in some way," says Bob Leonard, executive director of Fallbrook's Chamber of Commerce. The commercial avocado industry in the United States was founded ...

The Fourth One's the Charm

I was invited to four parties one weekend. And I had problems trying to attend three of them. The first one was thrown by the UCSD alumni association. They had author Rex Pickett, who wrote ...

Night of the Über Pig

And now you and your guests can be among the tiny handful of Americans who will savor and serve this astonishing ham... -- David Rosengarten 'Prepare to have your life changed!" Kip read from the ...

Visit "The Grotto" and its spooky rock formations at Circle X Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The 1655-acre Circle X Ranch, a unit of the sprawling, federally administered Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, is positively riddled with Tom Sawyer-esque hiking paths. Chief among those is the Grotto Trail, which leads ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

"Woof!" My dad uses the same word to describe women he finds both ugly and attractive -- only the inflection in his voice changes. For attractive women he rocks back in his recliner and clutches ...

Mike Vocation

"I still never know which toothpaste to buy."

Bicycling

Patrick, my husband of 15 years, is more of a man than when I met him. At the very least, this means that there is simply more to him, and it makes him sad. When ...

Bonnie's Buddies

The invitation for last Thursday's big campaign fund-raiser at the Town and Country hotel called it an "All American Reception," featuring "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and...Bonnie Dumanis for District Attorney!" But Dumanis's well-heeled guests ...

In Memoriam of Dodge Pioneer

'Don't think they'd let you do that anymore." I take a moment and silently replay what I've just said, add, "I think they'd track you down and arrest your ass." The foregoing is spoken halfway ...

Kiss the Pelican

A wonderful bird is the pelican, His bill will hold more than his belican. He can take in his beak Food enough for a week, But I'm damned if I see how the helican. -- ...

"I Went Around the Parking Lot with Around 20 Guys, Including [U.S.] Marshals"

"I went around the parking lot with around 20 guys, including [U.S.] marshals," says U2 tour merchandise manager Tommy Whitelaw. "Mostly, we just confiscated [unauthorized] materials, but a few people with scads of money and ...

"I Think Jeff and Jer Plan on Leaving."

One insider said that the biggest news may still be forthcoming from the station formerly known as Star 100.7 and now known as Jack 100.7. This insider believes that the top-rated morning duo of Jeff ...

It Breaks My Heart

"It breaks my heart. I still don't understand it." Jen Sewell started as an unpaid intern 11 years ago at Star 100.7. "I was with the station from day one when it started as Star ...

Ted Nugent Played "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Ted Nugent played "The Star-Spangled Banner" to open Camp Pendleton's Rockin' the Corps extravaganza that happened April 1. Mike Wachna, who went to the event, had gotten tickets from his son-in-law (who got back from ...

Until my boss says something like, "Hey, Carrot Juice"

"Until my boss says something like, 'Hey, Carrot Juice,' when someone buys the CD," Lindsey Troy says customers buying Louis XIV's new CD, The Best Little Secrets Are Kept, at the local Music Trader have ...

Last week 4th & B General Manager Ray Johnson

Last week 4th & B general manager Ray Johnson confirmed rumors that he and owner Ali Nilforshan were going to turn over the booking of all national acts at the 1500-seat downtown nightclub to Viejas ...

The Song that did in Nikko Smith

The song that did in Nikko Smith on American Idol last Wednesday night was "One Heart, One Hand" from the musical West Side Story. "The first part of the song was out of tune," said ...

The Promoter Accidentally Booked Rock Bands and Hip-Hop on the Same Night

"The promoter accidentally booked rock bands and hip-hop on the same night," says Buzzkill Romantics singer/guitarist Jason Hee about an April 1 show at downtown's Roseary Room (Tenth and E). His band never ended up ...

When I Told Him I Had Lung Cancer

"When I told him I had lung cancer, he kept asking me to do a benefit," said Peggy Claire, a San Diego jazz singer and former KSDS disc jockey who has inoperable cancer. "Charles McPherson ...

Funnily Enough

Movies reviewed this week: Fever Pitch and Look at Me

Big puffy hats

Heymatt: Why do chefs wear those big puffy hats? Wouldn't a hair net do better if they're trying to keep hair out of the food? -- LN, Mission Hills If form follows function, the traditional ...

The dryer conspiracy

Mattster: Every time I go to the Laundromat, I see this sign that says the dryer works better if you put in three loads of wash instead of one. Of course I ignore the sign ...

Twin drunks

Matt: Can a Siamese twin get their connected sibling drunk? And is there such a thing as Siamese triplets? -- Just Curious, San Diego Got to say, I never considered that dilemma. One twin a ...

Instant replay

Federal prosecutors in the case against San Diego city councilmen Ralph Inzunza and Michael Zucchet have released a witness list for the upcoming trial, featuring a galaxy of big names from San Diego and Las ...

They Kill People Everywhere

The governor of Baja California, Eugenio Elorduy, has a warning for his constituents: be very careful when visiting the crime-ridden metropolises of the border region...of the United States. During a recent press conference in Mexicali, ...

Bonnie Dumanis Is Their Pawn

San Diegans have just seen what life under a strong mayor system will be like. Thank goodness, an attempted coup last week was planned so mindlessly and executed so clumsily that future such attempts will ...

Dream Factory

“I was a waiter, Peter was a sales rep. This was a big leap. But it took off, from day one.”

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