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The Fake War

The Fake War

Most state legislators, even some of the pot-skeptical ones, understand that criminal enforcement will never help reduce the illicit market’s share. But some do not. Or they pretend they do not. Having lost the war against weed with the passage of Proposition 64 in 2016,…

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Cosmic Mall Memories

Cosmic Mall Memories

The vegetarian thali dinner at Chaat House in Cupertino looked like a cosmic mandala. Circles within circles. I will never forget it. Every time I invaded the Oaks Shopping Center, I would eat at Chaat House. It was cheap. Dirt cheap. Yes, it was a…

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Crafting Like a Fox

Crafting Like a Fox

Felipe Bravo and Wendy Neff are on the verge of opening their first brewery in downtown San Jose, Fox Tale Fermentation Project, a specialty nanobrewery on E. Santa Clara Street. “We’re going to have a rotating selection of small batch beers, but the six that…

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A Toast to the Survivors

A Toast to the Survivors

“Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire,” said nature writer David Rains Wallace. And the Silicon Valley is full of breweries and taphouses where one can ponder the question over unique, locally made pilsners, ales, wheat beers and stouts. But the beer scene,…

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Cannabis and Covid

Cannabis and Covid

In the weeks after lockdowns began as Covid-19 took hold in the United States, a bunch of crazies and charlatans began declaring that cannabis could “cure” Covid. I wrote a cover story about them for the East Bay Express in May 2020. Some were just…

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Slavic Pearls

Slavic Pearls

The Secret Slav Restaurant Society of fin-de-siècle San Jose has been revealed. It all began as I hunted for ghosts along the downtrodden block of Santa Clara Street between First and Second. The grand sweep of history would not leave me alone, especially now that…

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My Back Pages

My Back Pages

The last time I entered Twice Read Books on San Fernando Street, I did not realize Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities was already there waiting for me. The store had occupied 81 East San Fernando since before my mom was even born. I first took…

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Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion

Inertia. In physics, it’s the resistance an object has to a change in its state of motion. In real life, it’s a phenomenon many working humans feel in their bones. Stiff and sore from hours hunched over a desk, they’re too tired to get up…

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The Second Step: Keeping the Weight Off

The Second Step: Keeping the Weight Off

Mary Tunison is a facilitator for a support group at Good Samaritan in San Jose made up of individuals who undergo bariatric surgery for morbid obesity—which means being more than 100 pounds overweight. She notes that surgery is just the first step for these patients….

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Guzzlin’ Ganja

Guzzlin’ Ganja

Along with cannabis legalization has come a seemingly endless choice of ingestion methods: a wide array of edibles, vapes, capsules, tinctures, oils and more. And, of course, there is raw bud—still by far the most popular product. Meanwhile, big money is pouring into yet another…

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