WRITING WITH FIRE

By C.J. Hirschfield The recent convictions in the Ahmaud Arbery case were only possible thanks to a video shot on a smartphone; the device is now ubiquitous around the world and is shining light in places where darkness used to thrive.   The power of this portable camera to obtain justice is never more apparent […]

ATTICA! ATTICA!

By C.J. Hirschfield Teaching critical race theory in schools enrages the right wing. This theory states that U.S. social institutions—including the criminal justice system—are laced with racism embedded in rules and procedures that lead to differential outcomes by race. On the 50th anniversary of the largest prison rebellion in U.S. history, it is high time […]

YOUR SCARIEST MOMENTS

By Gary Meyer From prehistoric cave drawings we can tell that the earliest women and men were storytellers.The tradition of sitting around a campfire telling scary tales surely started with them. Every culture has myths and folktales filled with otherworldly spirits and monsters. Homer and Shakespeare filled their works with the supernatural. In the mid […]

THE KING OF “TELL ME MORE”

By C.J. Hirschfield At the beginning of the pandemic, TIGER KING was the documentary everyone was watching. It focused on an eccentric and unethical schemer/scammer driven by greed–truly a despicable character. Kind of like the president we were forced to endure on screen at the same time. Maybe now we’re ready to see more documentaries […]

Shirley Fong-Torres’ Jook

Music multi-hyphenate Ben Fong Torres’ sister Shirley Fong-Torres was a chef, writer and created food tours of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Shirley’s easy—and classic—recipe for congee (rice porridge) is one of C.J. Hirschfield’s all-time favorites; perfect for cold nights.

FAUCI: PLAGUE POLITICS

  By C.J. Hirschfield Cher. Elvis. Plato. Beyonce. Their fame is such that only one name is needed for recognition. And now– Fauci, perhaps one of the most unlikely cultural icons ever. A new documentary puts this remarkable public servant within the context of history, in which, as he describes it, “the two most devastating […]