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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Temporary TV Fame

February 13, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader February 13, 2013.)

Michael Binkow stands onstage in the event room at Valley View Casino wearing a headset, gray jeans, and a black zip-up jacket. A seven-piece band stands quietly at stage … Read More

BACKSTORY: Temporary TV Fame

February 12, 2013 |

My friend Dave has been a music journalist since the beginning of time, and every time I talk to him, he reminds me that things aren’t the way they used to be. Last summer, he hinted that he had something … Read More

Hasno Ali

February 7, 2013 | 2

(Originally posted in the San Diego Reader February 6, 2013.)

On a warm Sunday afternoon in late September, the San Diego Public Market teems with socially responsible shoppers toting reusable bags.

A crowd of eight to ten people … Read More


February 7, 2013 |

From looking at the travel brochures, one would never guess that San Diego has the second largest population of Somalians in the country.  City Heights is heavily populated with East Africans from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, and Sudan as well as … Read More

BACKSTORY: Milton the Barber

February 1, 2013 |

Milton changed my life (specifically my writing life) in two ways.

One: He made me tougher.  The man was intimidating, and he meant to be.  I had two choices: suck it up or flee.  I chose to suck it up, … Read More