Past Stories

Tune Peddler

Of all the things believed to be capable of changing the world back in the 1960s—love, drugs, rock & roll—only rock delivered. Love, a delusional concept for centuries, didn’t really change anything—people just went...


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Gray Sex

Even fictional men get old. But do they learn anything? We first met Duane Moore over 40 years ago in The Last Picture Show, the landmark novel of small-town decay by the prolific Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms Of Endearm...


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Diggin’ Deitch

Our choice for the Great American Novel is not about a boy named Huck, a sailor obsessed with a whale, or a jazz-age millionaire. It’s about a cat—an evil, hallucinatory blue cat—named Waldo. And it’s not a novel at all...



High Culture

I discovered magic mushrooms about the same time the rest of the world did. The difference between me and the rest of the world was that I lived in a rural valley renowned for its picking. We had culinary as…


Sold Out?

Over the last ten years we in the U.S. have seen an endless series of political books, at first mostly from the Right, and finally–now that publishing houses have awoke to the fact that the Dems, liberals and progressives...


Atheist Offensive

…my parents had been mildly disappointed when I’d said I didn’t believe in God any more, but being an atheist was another thing altogether. —Julia Sweeney   They are the most reviled group in the country if...



Dink and Pootie’s Politics

Class war is a top-down affair with the poor taking almost all the casualties. That’s why it’s strange that the term is used—as a pejorative—mostly by those at the top. Challenge the accumulation of wealth or ca...


As Beauty Does

We all know the proverbial wisdom about beauty. It’s skin deep. It’s fleeting. It is what it does. Natsuo Kirino’s newly translated novel Grotesque confirms all these proverbs, and not prettily. It’s a d...


New Kids on the ARTsBlock

Due North: 13 UC Grads Are Taking Contemporary Art in the Right Direction As a local critic endlessly on the lookout for good art in the Inland Empire, all I can say is—thank God for Sweeney. The most reliable venu...



Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me

If you ever have the chance to sit down with Gallery Director and co-owner of dba256 Andi Campognone as I did, be prepared to walk away with one hell of an arts education–perhaps even indoctrination into artistic and capi...


Art Meritocracy

On Saturday, August 18th, Soul Expressions Tattoo Studio once again reinvented itself into an art gallery, hosting the Give Me 5 on the Down Low art show. Featuring pieces from contributors as local as the resident tattoo artis...


Out of This World

The notion that the world outside has become so distasteful that people are now, en masse, turning inward for solace is probably too obvious to restate. But I did it anyway. And while art often serves to take us to…



Riverside Metropolitan Museum’s Chinese Moon Festival at the Heritage House

The Moon Festival, which takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, is to the Chinese what Thanksgiving and Christmas are to the Western world–a time of joy, renewal and abundance. Families gather to watch as the...


Back To the Future

We have seen the future, thanks to science fiction author Philip K. Dick, and it looks like the present . . . even when it’s set in the past. No, we don’t fly around it rocket-powered hovercraft, there are no…