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Artists move on from Pioneer Square
Bad (but it always happens): gentrification drives out the cool arts stuff that made an area popular. Good: the artists move to a new area and start the twenty-year process again. "Their target is East Marginal Way's Griffin Envelope warehouse: 53,000 square feet of empty industrial building....'Here are a group of artists who provide this wonderful service, yet they're left with almost no support from officialdom. So they've become determined to solve the problem on their own.' "

Monday, January 31, 2000, 08:07 a.m.


Potlatch 9 February 25-27
Potlatch is a small, literary-oriented science fiction Convention. I really enjoy it! It's egalitarian in tone, with no "special guests." Everyone there is a member, but you will see a lot of good writers attending. I'm even on a panel this time, about the intersection of romance and SF. (In previous Seattle editions, I've been the hospitality suite czarina.) My con reports from previous years: 1998 in Oakland, CA; 1999 in Eugene, OR. For full details about this year, Progress Report 2 is on the web, with PR3 to follow.

Friday, January 28, 2000, 08:32 a.m.


Wally's Crappy Story
Wally Glenn is always funny! but he's so busy being PyroBoy and all, that he doesn't have enought time to write for us these days. "Then Luke, Jeanine and I all looked down at my shoes and our eyes sort of bulged out."

Friday, January 28, 2000, 08:17 a.m.


Love Advice Update
Bride Fever -- Entrepreneurial Madness -- Ex-Lovers as Friends After Marriage. "Yes, I'm afraid you are being selfish and unreasonable. Get a grip. Be gracious and lovely and get off your bridal high horse. The world does not revolve around you until your wedding day. On your cousin's wedding day, step out of the way and let your cousin's bride enjoy her day to the fullest."

Thursday, January 27, 2000, 10:40 a.m.


Motel Postcards from Lileks
I think James Lileks must be one of the hardest working men on the web (like James Brown, get it?)! (oo, punctuation accretion) This collection of old-time motel postcards is great, and he's just added a bunch of new ones. "Nostalgia for old motels, like most forms of nostalgia, is selective and dishonest. We like to imagine a pure world before the soulless hotel chains took over, a landscape of lovely neon, local charm, and individuality. No doubt this was the case in the 50s and early 60s, but it was only part of the story."

Wednesday, January 26, 2000, 08:33 a.m.


Cashman -- Cantwell
"I noticed a story about former Democratic Congresswoman Maria Cantwell, who had just announced that she is running for the U.S. Senate. She wants to send the Republican incumbent, Slade Gorton, out of office and into another career. (Personal note: If that happens, may I suggest that Gorton's willowy figure and high cheekbones would make him a much-in-demand runway model.)" Cashman ties this senate race into his little league traumas.

Monday, January 24, 2000, 09:06 a.m.


Hazel Wolf Tribute
This long-time Seattle activist lived in three centuries. "Act she did, defying authority with poise and humor that made even adversaries melt and smile in the midst of an argument... Works Progress Administration ... American Committee for the Protection of Foreign Born... Audubon Society ... Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs." She was the oldest accredited observer of the 1990 elections in Nicaragua. She was featured in Studs Terkel's book, Coming of Age; after being interviewed, she took the fifty dollars she was paid for the interview and signed Mrs. Terkel up as a member of National Audubon.

Friday, January 21, 2000, 10:54 a.m.


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