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2009 Stories by Katy St. Clair

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  • The naan, the bitch, and the mall bar at Straits

    published June 17, 2009

    When I was a kid, the most exciting part of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the beginning of the book, when a child pushes... More >>

  • The High Tide time capsule

    published June 10, 2009

    As you get older, some wise old sayings start to make sense. Such as "Youth is wasted on the young." Or "You can tell a lot about a man by the... More >>

  • Jay Bennett breaks a heart

    published June 3, 2009

    Cormac McCarthy once said that all writers worth their salt should write about death. If literature doesn't take on that great mystery, then it... More >>

  • Bouncer’s Highly Accurate Bar Quiz

    published May 27, 2009

    Your days of wandering the streets in search of your perfect watering hole are over! Just take this handy quiz and find which bar best suits... More >>

  • 3300 ways to make friends

    published May 20, 2009

    It's hard to tell whether bars foster phony relationships. When you feel a certain fealty to your fellow man sitting next to you, is... More >>

  • Talking to survivors at Twin Peaks

    published May 13, 2009

    "Excuse me," I said to the man at the end of the bar at Twin Peaks. I was trying to squeeze past him and up the stairs to the ATM on the... More >>

  • Farewell to Oreo

    published May 6, 2009

    There I was in a David Bowie video, circa 1975. The room was scattered with high booths upholstered in silver leather, each containing men with... More >>

  • Tempting fate at the Deco Lounge

    published April 29, 2009

    The Aztecs were firm believers in predestination. It's probably helpful to think that everything is meant to be when you are about to have your... More >>

  • Isolation drills at Celia's

    published April 22, 2009

    When I get depressed, I usually isolate myself from everything. I retreat from friends, family, neighbors, roommates, pets, even books. No... More >>

  • Chances Are? Questioning coincidence at Edinburgh Castle

    published April 15, 2009

    There are two kinds of people in the world: those who believe in coincidence, and those who don't. I'm not sure which category I fall into... More >>

  • Creationism -- and beer -- at Kezar Pub

    published April 8, 2009

    Young Earth Creationism would be a funny little religious belief worthy only of a footnote discussion if it weren't for the fact that it... More >>

  • Everybody poops at Lime

    published March 25, 2009

    They say that beauty is only skin deep, which is indeed true. Case in point: Joan Crawford, the original "hot mess." I find her a very... More >>

  • Ant Farm at the Tavern

    published March 18, 2009

    The famous biologist Edward O. Wilson has coauthored a new book, Superorganisms, about wasps, bees, and his personal favorites, ants.... More >>

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: Thinking about my two baby daddies at the Hi Dive

    published March 4, 2009

    And so it was that I found myself on BART, gazing intently at an advertisement for gay adoption. The poster showed two happy gay men cuddling... More >>

  • Golden Beers and Thirsty Girls

    published February 25, 2009

    I wonder what sorts of things San Francisco Public Library employees talk about in the break room. I head to the main branch every week to pick... More >>

  • Best friends and coke fiends at Noe's Bar

    published February 18, 2009

    My friend and I once had a hot debate about Gerry Rafferty's song "Baker Street." I'd made some offhand remark about how it must be about... More >>

  • Underwear Night at 440 Castro

    published February 11, 2009

    When you travel on public transit every day, you begin to memorize all the advertising campaigns on the sides of the buses and streetcars. It's... More >>

  • Skittles and Punk Floyd at the Uptown

    published February 4, 2009

    After spending an evening meandering through the Mission, I wasn't feeling well by the time I reached my final destination. "I think I'm having... More >>

  • Live and let live at CAV

    published January 28, 2009

    Sarcasm is the music of the bourgeoisie — folks who live comfortably, free from most wants and fears, who need to create tiny conflicts... More >>

  • Comfort drinking at Buca di Beppo

    published January 21, 2009

    It's time to talk Paula Deen, y'all. Who better to focus on in these tough economic times than someone who has raised overindulgence to... More >>

  • Second-rate success at Luques

    published January 14, 2009

    The holiday tourists who stream into San Francisco at this time of year are strangely enjoyable. Entirely predictable, they wander around all... More >>

  • Being unfaithful to San Francisco at Murphy's Pub

    published January 7, 2009

    Whenever I come back from a vacation, I get the same feeling of relief and happiness flying into SFO. I s'pose it's like when the families are... More >>

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