Peter Lawrence Kane

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‘Rogue’ party uproar shows tech, journalism’s COVID-19 limits

As unpleasant as it is to find out that swans are not in fact mating-for-life in Venetian canals next to frolicking dolphins, it’s doubly frustrating to hear that people...

Bingeing on dystopia: The politico-cultural decade in review

Gore Vidal once remarked that the three saddest words in the English language were “Joyce Carol Oates,” but from the vantage point of late December 2019, it’s actually “decade...

Chatting by cell: ‘Uncuffed’ is a prison podcast for our time

As setups to Thanksgiving jokes go, a manic wild turkey that burst into a California prison compound seems almost too on-the-nose, considering how two other turkeys received presidential pardons...

Finnish your drinks

“Hyvää joulua” might not roll off the tongue as mellifluously as “Mele Kalikimaka,” but it is indeed the thing to say on a dark Helsinki Christmas Day. The sun...

Gay Chadian immigrant detained by ICE caught in asylum limbo

In its ongoing quest to bring virtually all immigration to a halt (and monetize global strife), the Trump administration proposed last week raising the citizenship application fee by 60 percent,...

Marina Times editor freaks out about diversity

Everyone knew this was coming. When the San Francisco Chronicle hired restaurant critic Soleil Ho to replace 30-year veteran Michael Bauer, the question wasn’t so much “Does this indicate a...

At Dirtybird Campout, chasing summer’s waggling tail-feather

I never heard so much disco at a music festival as I did at Dirtybird West Coast Campout 2019 earlier this month. One of my longstanding complaints about festivals —...

Transgender visions in urgent times

Visibility has always been a guiding principle of queer liberation. From Harvey Milk’s “Come out, come out, wherever you are” to the debates over cis/het actors cast in queer...

The San Francisco Mint is haunted!

It’s hard to be a jaded adult and walk through a haunted attraction without failing to suspend your disbelief at least a little. “Ooh, that actor playing a homicidal maniac...

Memories of the Ulcer Department

People who’ve watched a couple seasons of Orange Is the New Black sometimes think they have a savvy understanding of what it’s really like in prison. It’s a panopticon...