The Right to Be Deranged

A good way to defeat (or at least derail) an absurd line of reasoning is mockery. The more you mock, the louder and more…

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Old's Cool

When volume one of Autobiography of Mark Twain hit stores last year, it seemed like half of America found a Christmas gift for their…

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Party Like It's 1899

Any time is a good time for a new Mark Twain memoir, but especially now. For one thing, Twain, who died in 1910, told…

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But “Frisco” Tattoos Are Fine

Visitors should understand that civic disdain for the epithet “Frisco” stretches back as far as 1872, when Joshua Abraham Norton, self-proclaimed Emperor of the…

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Lit Up

The Mission on a Saturday night, rife with the unexpected: Sidle your ass down an alley and you might find two stiltwalkers strumming banjos….

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