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2003 Stories by Hiya Swanhuyser

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  • Pirklevision

    published December 31, 2003

    Plenty of people think you've got to be "objective" or at least "detached" to be able to see things clearly. Anthropologists are famous for... More >>

  • Port in a Storm

    published December 17, 2003

    One thing's for sure: Our national obsession with pirates is here to stay. In the late 1990s, students, artists, and other fringe-y types zoomed... More >>

  • Ladies Who Lunch

    published December 10, 2003

    These days it seems almost too easy to be punk. We have Hot Topic stores in the mall, green hair on professional athletes, and Ramones T-shirts on... More >>

  • Dear John

    published November 19, 2003

    Brace yourself: John Waters is having an art show. If that sounds odd -- as it may to fans of Waters' films, especially Pecker, in... More >>

  • In the Zone

    published November 5, 2003

    When the outside world first heard that San Francisco was overflowing with live-work lofts, it was confusing. Too many affordable artists' spaces... More >>

  • Eric at 15

    published October 29, 2003

    At first glance, it might be a ghost story. It isn't dumb, implausible, or meant to give you a jolt of adrenaline fright, but like a campfire... More >>

  • Notebooks From Underground

    published October 22, 2003

    We already know that famous people sometimes get put into correctional facilities, so why shouldn't they occasionally come out of those... More >>

  • Guerrilla Welfare

    published October 8, 2003

    "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?" is possibly the most famous question posed by the Guerrilla Girls. But this group... More >>

  • Takin' It to the Streets

    published October 1, 2003

    Did you ever notice that most of the sidewalks downtown are privately owned? Tiny plaques embedded in the concrete announce that pedestrians have... More >>

  • Going Into Labor

    published August 27, 2003

    We've all been assaulted by them, but those pervasive billboards with the cheerleading poodles may not be the intellectual abyss we think they... More >>

  • Bravo, Buñuel

    published August 13, 2003

    "Thank God I'm an atheist," director Luis Buñuel famously cracked. One of the founders of surrealist cinema, he was, along with... More >>

  • Glue Sticks Rule!

    published August 6, 2003

    Freedom of the press, the old joke goes, is only free for people who own presses. At some point in the 1980s, though, advances in photocopy... More >>

  • Strike Force

    published July 9, 2003

    "The Labor Movement: the folks who brought you the weekend" will most likely be a common bumper-sticker sighting at any of the myriad events at... More >>

  • In Memoriam

    published July 2, 2003

    Musicians are better than the rest of us. Even they sometimes don't realize it -- they get stage fright; they say, "I'm no good. I make mistakes.... More >>

  • Structures of Utility

    published June 25, 2003

    By David Stark Wilson Heyday Books (2003), $45 In this astonishingly produced collection of giant black-and-white... More >>

  • Bright Lights

    published June 4, 2003

    As a teenager in rural Northern California, I stumbled onto the Beat writers. My friends and I went wild for them; they had bad attitudes, cool... More >>

  • Neko Case Is God

    published May 21, 2003

    Let's get this out of the way: Rolling Stone says she's country. Salon.com says she's not. Most other... More >>

  • Honorary Mexicanidad

    published May 14, 2003

    How did an Anglo lady from Chicago get to be one of Mexico's national treasures? The answer lies somewhere between the artist's generous nature... More >>

  • Nefarious Thespians Overrun Countryside

    published May 7, 2003

    Once upon a time, there were wandering minstrels: They'd travel from place to place and entertain folks, wherever they were. It was a good system.... More >>

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

    published April 23, 2003

    John Whitehead grew up on a farm -- a cattle ranch in Nevada, actually, where cows are raised for meat. This experience, he says, hasn't... More >>

  • Let's Get hi/lo

    published April 9, 2003

    The sixth annual hi/lo film festival's organizers, Killing My Lobster, stress the fest's dedication to "high concept, low... More >>

  • Brew-haha

    published April 9, 2003

    SAT 4/12 Six thousand years ago, in the city of Babylon near the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the ancient Sumerians mixed up a... More >>

  • Heavy Metal

    published April 9, 2003

    Southern Exposure's blast from the pastSAT 4/12 Clad in spandex halter tops, crotch-hugging short... More >>

  • Patriot Games

    published April 9, 2003

    Charlie Haden salutes the flag in songSAT 4/12 If Charlie Haden's résumé listed... More >>

  • The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in San Francisco

    published March 26, 2003

    By Marilyn Chase Random House (2003), $25.95 Author Marilyn Chase's thesis seems to be "Epidemics are bad, but some doctors... More >>

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