Monthly Archives: August 2007

Dogfighting and Michael Vick

Wouldn’t it be reassuring to view the estimated forty thousand human participants in dogfighting in America as merely enthusiastic sports fans who seek compelling entertainment to escape their mundane worries?  There is some strained logic to support this assertion, which many of those involved believe and indignantly assert.  After all, the dogs are prime athletes, […]

Posted in Dogfighting, Dogs, Football, Michael Vick

Is that Matt Damon

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue” Self-Portrait with Small Statue

Posted in Art, Henry Varnum Poor, Museums, Painters, Stanford University

Bill Walsh Remembers

I want to emphasize I’m writing this from the viewpoint of a competitive and even Machiavellian coach in the National Football League, not merely the genial elder statesman who in retirement kept an office at Stanford and watched film with and drew plays for some of the young coaches and begged their indulgence if I’d […]

Posted in Bill Walsh, Football, San Francisco

Tips on Dealing with Taxi Drivers in Mexico City

In order to help you avoid being overcharged, introduced to sexy but unscrupulous companions, ensnared in business ventures by smooth talkers, or kidnapped and robbed, I have compiled a nearly foolproof list of advice about how to deal with Mexico City taxi drivers, who, during my several trips to this magnetic metropolis, have been unsuccessful […]

Posted in George Thomas Clark, Mexico, Mexico City

Eddie Hart’s Quest to be the Fastest

Since his youth in the schoolyard, where he always outran other kids to the finish line, Eddie Hart dreamed of someday becoming the Fastest Man in the World.  It is one of the most respected titles in sports – requiring a raw display of unequivocal athleticism – and rivals the significance (though not the celebrity) […]

Posted in Olympics, Track & Field

A World of Protests in Mexico City

“To the Museum of Modern Art, please,” I told the taxi driver. “I can’t go there.  The street’s closed.” “Paseo de la Reforma?” “That’s right.” “What’s going on?” “A big demonstration.” “What are they protesting?” “Don’t know.  I can’t keep track of all the protests.” “Please drive as close as you can, and I’ll walk […]

Posted in George Thomas Clark, Mexico, Mexico City

Frida Celebrates Centennial

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

Posted in Art, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Mexico, Mexico City, Murals, Museums, Painters