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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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Tall Orders at La Barrique

Tall Orders at La Barrique

Giraffes will feel at ease walking through the front doors of La Barrique. Standing up straight, they’ll be at eye level with the tops of two white columns flanking the entryway. What they’d order once inside, however, is anyone’s guess—but the long menus, printed on…

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Open Mic Drop

Open Mic Drop

There is a certain revelatory beauty in every open mic, in watching a rookie attempt their first public performance or a musician introducing you to their newest jam. In our area code, there is also a wealth of talent. The 2010s were a golden era…

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The Year in Weed

The Year in Weed

Since 2012, when Washington and Colorado legalized pot for adult use, every year has been eventful for cannabis. But the biggest story of 2021 might be something that didn’t happen: federal legalization. The same thing might happen next year. Still, legalization at the state level…

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Life Is But a Stream

Life Is But a Stream

Things fall apart. Markets fragment. The critic’s traditional “top 10” list means less in this era of diversified audiences. Audiences are multiverses, each with their own canon. The Matrix Resurrections demonstrates how movies cause divisions—where would QAnon have been without that red pill, blue pill…

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Axe This Year

Axe This Year

With all the absurdities unfolding in San Jose this last year, the Alley denizen became ever more determined to transform the madness into poetry. That said, allow me to revisit a few favorite columns from 2021. In most cases, it didn’t take much to reconnect…

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Hot Summer Guide

Hot Summer Guide

Hot Summer Guide WITH BANDS GOING on tour, venues opening up and the return of outdoor festivals, it’s a perfect time to compile a list of events to attend this summer. Just putting it together has been a sweet reminder of how vast and varietous…

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