Broke-Ass Stuart

Bad news makes for great headlines, and great headlines get lots of clicks. (Courtesy photo)

The medium is the massacre, and the massacre is the message

In 1964, Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase “The Medium is the Message.”…

Bad news makes for great headlines, and great headlines get lots of clicks. (Courtesy photo)
Take a page out of the “Empire Records” playbook and throw a close friend a living memorial. (Courtesy New Regency Pictures)

Eulogies for the living

There’s a scene in the movie “Empire Records,” where all the record…

Take a page out of the “Empire Records” playbook and throw a close friend a living memorial. (Courtesy New Regency Pictures)
Our resistance has the opportunity to put an end to the decades of racism that has been ingrained in the United States. (Courtesy photo)

White supremacy is terminally ill

When someone is terminally ill, dying from cancer or some other horrible…

Our resistance has the opportunity to put an end to the decades of racism that has been ingrained in the United States. (Courtesy photo)
If San Francisco’s historic buildings could talk, they’d tell tales of transformation over the years. (Courtesy photo)

My old building has seen it all

I awoke on Tuesday morning to my house shaking. I knew it…

If San Francisco’s historic buildings could talk, they’d tell tales of transformation over the years. (Courtesy photo)
Nobody realized how bad — or how quickly — America would begin to crumble under President Donald. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

You royally screwed the pooch this time, America

There’s a phrase I love that perfectly encapsulates our current moment. When…

Nobody realized how bad — or how quickly — America would begin to crumble under President Donald. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
The only way we can start to make things better is by finding venues for us to have respectful and engaging conversations with people who might not agree with us. (Left: Courtesy photo; right: Kristen Tomkowid/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Pussy hats and Trump hats, it’s time to talk

There is no shortage of heart-warming stories, sad anecdotes and think-pieces about…

The only way we can start to make things better is by finding venues for us to have respectful and engaging conversations with people who might not agree with us. (Left: Courtesy photo; right: Kristen Tomkowid/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Since Broke-Ass Stuart is going to be rollling with the billionaire bigwigs in D.C. this week, he thought he’d dress the part. (Courtesy Stuart Schuffman)

Dispatches from Trumpsylvania

Washington, D.C. — By the time you read this, I’ll be neck-deep…

Since Broke-Ass Stuart is going to be rollling with the billionaire bigwigs in D.C. this week, he thought he’d dress the part. (Courtesy Stuart Schuffman)
The music of, from left, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Tom Waits allows us to somehow romanticize the world we live in and even romanticize ourselves. (Courtesy photos)

Monday night was magical

Monday night was magical. The rain was peppering the streets in the…

The music of, from left, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Tom Waits allows us to somehow romanticize the world we live in and even romanticize ourselves. (Courtesy photos)
The first few days of the new year feel a lot like when your alarm goes off and you think, “Do I really have to get up right now?” (Courtesy photo)

The new year doesn’t start until next week

The first few days of the new year are always weird. Not…

The first few days of the new year feel a lot like when your alarm goes off and you think, “Do I really have to get up right now?” (Courtesy photo)
In 2016, Broke-Ass City tackled Mayor Ed Lee and his war on the homeless; the “Frisco 5” and their struggle for just policing; and the beauty of San Francisco Pride. (Right, center: Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner; Left: Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

What it all adds up to: Love, loss and life in 2016

I’ve never kept a daily journal. I’ve tried during my various travels…

In 2016, Broke-Ass City tackled Mayor Ed Lee and his war on the homeless; the “Frisco 5” and their struggle for just policing; and the beauty of San Francisco Pride. (Right, center: Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner; Left: Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)
“I want to tell dirty jokes with old men at bus stops.” (Courtesy photo)

What I want for 2017

I want to write something beautiful. I want to write something good.…

“I want to tell dirty jokes with old men at bus stops.” (Courtesy photo)
Lauryn McCarthy’s departure is a major loss to The City. (Courtesy photo)

Lauryn McCarthy is leaving San Francisco

Lauryn McCarthy is leaving San Francisco. Normally, someone moving out of our…

Lauryn McCarthy’s departure is a major loss to The City. (Courtesy photo)
(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Helplessness and heartache, thousands of miles from home

Helsinki in December is cold. I know that sounds like an obvious…

(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
No matter how bad things get, there’s always something to be thankful for. (Courtesy photo)

Thankful in spite of it all

Unless you’re a white supremacist, 2016 has been an awful year. From…

No matter how bad things get, there’s always something to be thankful for. (Courtesy photo)
A demonstrator carries an anti-Trump sign as protesters march down Market Street on Nov. 9 in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Why we’re marching in the streets

“I’m just so tired of having to do this,” I told Kaeli.…

A demonstrator carries an anti-Trump sign as protesters march down Market Street on Nov. 9 in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The initially optimistic gathering at El Rio on Election Night quickly turned into a depressing event. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The Democratic Party is dead to me

As I write this, it is a beautiful day in San Francisco.…

The initially optimistic gathering at El Rio on Election Night quickly turned into a depressing event. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)
November 9 is when the real work begins. (Courtesy photo)

Remember, remember, the eighth of November

Can we all rejoice that this insane, ridiculous election is almost over?…

November 9 is when the real work begins. (Courtesy photo)
A demonstrator stands outside Trump International Hotel Washington during its grand opening on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

The end of civility

If 2016 and I were Facebook friends, I would’ve blocked it months…

A demonstrator stands outside Trump International Hotel Washington during its grand opening on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
Whether it’s Bay to Breakers, Pride or Halloween, San Franciscans love to put on costumes and party. (Shweta Gulati/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Halloween on a Monday: Recipe for a beautiful disaster

Oh, Jesus, I just realized that Halloween is on a Monday this…

Whether it’s Bay to Breakers, Pride or Halloween, San Franciscans love to put on costumes and party. (Shweta Gulati/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Lateefah Simon, left, and Matt Haney are exactly the people who need to be in office. (Courtesy photos)

When your word is bond

I have this problem where it’s really important to me to keep…

Lateefah Simon, left, and Matt Haney are exactly the people who need to be in office. (Courtesy photos)