Stephen Elliott is perched on a stool at the Uptown Bar, a roomy, frills-free joint on 17th and Capp streets that does everything in its power to remain inconspicuous. Most of the place's color and noise comes from the jukebox, which Elliott will scrutinize later, punching out the numbers for Elvis Costello's "I Want You" -- six minutes of seething bile that he considers the best breakup song ever written. But for now he's at the bar, where he and the bartender talk about writing. Elliott explains his day job at Stanford, teaching... More >>>