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Right You Are... the Past Is Prologue

Warren Adler | Posted 09.27.2014 | Media
Warren Adler

To my mind, Jimmy Cannon was the greatest sports writer who ever lived. I read his columns in the New York Post avidly and religiously. When he wasn't writing about sports, he was musing, offering his personal, mostly one- or two-liner opinions, about anything that hit his off-the-charts observant eye. Most had little to do with sports.

Newspaper Columnists as Heroes

Don McNay | Posted 03.07.2014 | Books
Don McNay

Columnists are the rock stars of the newspaper world. Suzette Martinez Standring is definitely a rock star. That is why her first book, The Art of Column Writing, has been such a major success for several years and the second, The Art of Opinion Writing, will be even bigger.

Where Are The Women?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Hot on the heels of reports that woman journalists face sexual harassment and abuse at the workplace comes more bad news about women in the media -- t...

Friday Fantasy

Christopher Caen | Posted 05.23.2012 | Comedy
Christopher Caen

Every journalist has their Holy Grail. And ever since this whole Mirkarimi saga started, I have wanted to bust it wide open, and uncover what everyone was quietly talking about.

Friday Fielders

Christopher Caen | Posted 05.16.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

After what has seemed like the longest spring training in history, opening day is finally here. Nope, I'm not talking about baseball. I am talking about our sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, and finally we can get this whole trial underway.

Friday Frustration: Pier 29 Hung Out to Dry

Christopher Caen | Posted 04.25.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Some victory laps are expected, and some are not. S.F.'s agreement with the America's Cup organizers is finally going to the full Board of Supervisors next week. Many are relieved, but the manner of this victory lap is particularly odd.

Friday Future

Christopher Caen | Posted 04.18.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

As much as we talk about economic tax breaks, historical districts, and other "drivers" of our economy, the reality is the lifeblood of our future is these kids. Schools like De Marillac anchor a neighborhood in a way that no legislation ever will.

Friday Friends: The New Good Old Days

Christopher Caen | Posted 04.11.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

If there is one thing we San Franciscans love talking about, it's those hallowed days of yore. It makes me wonder: Did those people back then think they were in the good old days?

Friday Father: San Francisco at a Crossroads

Christopher Caen | Posted 04.04.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

What does it mean to be a native San Franciscan? Such an easy question, and yet I was unable to get my arms around it.

Friday Followers: Mayor Lee Needs to Take the Lead

Christopher Caen | Posted 03.28.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Having fun yet Mister Mayor? Somewhere along the line, you must have realized that there is no grace period for this job. And worse, that there is no place to hide.

Is San Francisco Becoming San FranciscoWorld?

Christopher Caen | Posted 03.21.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

The Gold Dust Lounge is one of the venerable old watering holes downtown, which used to be littered with them. Now, like many other cities, downtown is turning into a glorified mall, and the saloon is being forced out for yet another clothing store.

Friday Finish: Sheriff Mirkarimi Indicted

Christopher Caen | Posted 03.14.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Besides this being the possible end to a progressive golden boy, could this also be a Waterloo for the progressive movement in San Francisco?

Friday Footsteps: San Francisco Nostalgia

Christopher Caen | Posted 03.07.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Any New Year's run through San Francisco is going to be as much a run into the past as a run into the future.

Friday Fettle

Christopher Caen | Posted 02.26.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

December 23 - Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town... well, actually it's the night before the night before Christmas, and all th...

Friday Fishwrap

Christopher Caen | Posted 02.08.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Apparently, we should all be happy these days because we were told this week that the budget shortfall is less than originally stated. This is good in a "the plane isn't diving into the ground as fast as assumed" way.

Once, There Were the Irregulars...

Christopher Caen | Posted 02.01.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

I was a columnist for the SF Examiner, and I had the slightly deranged mission of writing about... well... whatever I wanted. But really, my editors knew there was only thing I wanted to write about: San Francisco.

The Brad Pitt Homes of NOLA

Paul LaRosa | Posted 07.19.2011 | Travel
Paul LaRosa

After visiting my son for the last time at Tulane University in New Orleans (he graduated!), I decided on this final trip to take a tour of the Ninth ...

Tiger Woods = Enron (Frank Rich Fights Flimflam With Flimflam)

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Quigg

A Martian reading Rich's words would almost certainly emerge from the column believing that Tiger Woods got famous on the strength of his claims of being faithful to his wife.

The Writer's Life: Interview with New York Times Columnist Michelle Slatalla

Jessica Gross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jessica Gross

Slatalla's writing is spunky and, though I'm a single 23-year-old and she covers late-40s motherhood, I devour her pieces. She finds adventure in the ordinary and humor in the potentially boring.

Sotomayor Racist?

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

The fact that these conservative politicians and commentators don't even see racism unless they feel it is directed against them is precisely why we need the voices of women of color on the court.

Maureen Dowd Is All in Your Head

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

Here's the most boring question I've been asked in the last 24 hours: What do you think of Maureen Dowd's plagiarism? Here's the most boring question I'm regularly asked: What do you think of Maureen Dowd?

Limbaugh's Love Letter -- To A Huffington Post Blogger!

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

"I have actually been moved by what you have written and the way you have written it," Rush Limbaugh wrote to me.

Put a Libertarian on the New York Times' Op-Ed Page

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrew Sargus Klein

Where's the tipping point between civil liberties and, to put it glibly, the government looking out for you?

Centenarian Newspaper Columnist Leaves Us Many Storytelling Lessons

Sam Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sam Ford

John C. Morris was less than a month shy of his 109th birthday when he passed away in late October, but his passion for storytelling is something we can all learn from.

Forget Hockey: Where Does Sarah Palin Stand on Baseball?

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Stabiner

If Westbrook Pegler were alive today, would he join in when we sing "God Bless America" in a ballpark, or would he mutter nasty asides about the religious beliefs of its esteemed composer?