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Spike Lee at the UW: halting, random, and flat-out disappointing

Spike Lee has been an idol of mine since the early '90s, when "Do the Right Thing" blew the top right off my head. I…

Best of 2009: Enough about Seattle. What do you think of Seattle?

Editor's Note: This story, which first appeared on Feb. 2, 2009, is reprinted here as part of our "Best Crosscuts of 2009" series. Seattle is…

Russell: company of destiny

In March 2008, Crosscut published a story in which I pointed to Tacoma-based Russell Investment's probable move to Seattle. As it turns out, Russell is…

Seattle’s hunger for style

How to Have Style, by Isaac Mizrahi, Gotham Books, 2008, 221 pages The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style, by Kim France and Andrea Linett,…

The road less salted

Freaksnow '08 is costing Seattle a reported $1 million and counting even though the city's response, by anybody's reasonable measure, was severely inadequate, no matter…

Please pass the (road) salt

Seattle's Freaksnow '08 is turning into an object lesson. It's not just that we've got a bunch of people who are, arguably, less hardy —…

Does Seattle have a fashion sense?

By the mere fact of my chosen geographical location — Seattle — I'm no fashion-obsessed clothes horse. People here, as it's been well documented, don't…

Blue-state musings from a red-state woman

This November, for the first time since Bill Clinton's 1992 victory, I experienced affinity with my fellow electorate, as all but one of my favored…

Dana Gioia leaves the NEA

This month's The Writer's Chronicle announces that Dana Gioia, who's held the post as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the…

Ballard natives for Rossi, and other signs of the times

Ballard front yards are most often punctuated with Obama Os, and half the residents count Carlyle their man for 36th District state representative, and half…

A humble tribute to Cam DeVore

At the end of an early morning yoga class this week, a staff member entered the room teary-eyed and said she had terrible news that…

New media, old media, and the Palin defect

When word first hit that Gov. Sarah Palin was McCain's choice for running mate, I was one of few people not caught completely off guard,…

ACORN’s bad seeds

With a seemingly out-of-left-field attack on ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Sen. John McCain during the final presidential debate brought a…

Seattle vs. Miami: a tale of two cities

As a military brat and adult frequent-mover, you might say I'm a professional newcomer. One thing I've noticed about every place I've lived is that…

A newcomer goes kayaking

Six years in the Northwest and I'd never set butt in a kayak. Not that this should be that surprising. I know people who've been…
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