The End of Silence (March 24, 2004)

We ended last week’s article on the Valley’s home-grown methamphetamine video by suggesting that Anderson Valley could very well have been the starting-out place for hundreds of notable Americans, whose greatness could be traced to similarly rural, similarly limited surroundings: Lincoln, for example, and Mark Twain. With all their dreams of social justice and literary […]

A Slow Goodbye to Our Pestilence? (March 17, 2004)

When Anderson Valley’s 12 and 13-year-old daughters get sexually violated by some cranked-up, cretinous drug dealer, I don’t think today’s father gets nearly as outraged as did fathers of 50 years ago. I draw this inference from having seen a riveting Boonville-made 58-minute video, a project inspired in part by the historic “meeting of outrage,” […]


When I worked for the American Petroleum Institute (the AMA of Big Oil) I was asked to evaluate a “documentary” on the smog in Los Angeles, which opened with a shot of a diorama of what the LA basin looked like before “civilization came.” Here and there different Indian tribes were gathered around campfires, with […]