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9/14/21: DID YOU SAW WHAT I SAW?
Sep 13th, 2021 by Clark Humphrey

A neighborhood tree that didn’t deserve to die; remembering the chaos that was Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ release party; city council diverts some SPD budget savings to other uses; WA hits another grim COVID milestone while ID’s gov fiddles.

5/10/21: PIECES OF RESISTANCE
May 9th, 2021 by Clark Humphrey

Graphic novel depicts three people who fought WWII internment; more Gates divorce news, and why it IS news; Sawant admits a fundraising violation; Boeing’s offshoring a major jet-conversion project to Costa Rica.

11/29/19: WTO AT XX
Nov 28th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

Lessons & legacy of the World Trade Org. protests; a judge stops I-976 for now; Gordon Sondland accused of sexual misconduct; Seattle’s Watergate hero Bill Ruckelshaus RIP.

10/1/19: ‘BON’ MOTS
Oct 1st, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

That local ad jingle you still can’t forget; is bus riding really that dangerous? (a driver says no); addressing built-in bias in school gifted programs; how ‘tree rustlers’ allegedly started a big wildfire.

9/10/19: A POST-INDUSTRIAL MUSICAL
Sep 9th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

Microsoft interns revive an obscure music sub-genre; Amazon workers plan a climate walkout; Frances Bean Cobain designs Kurt-sploitation clothes; ‘blue’ people DO live in ‘red’ counties.

4/24/19: FIELD OF SCHEMES
Apr 24th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

Boeing Field gets new passenger service (but no more ICE deportations); ‘a tale of two Boeing factories’; Amazon sellers and workers talk about their struggles; Seattle’s next-to-last video store may close.

4/16/19: NARRATIVE THREADS
Apr 16th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

In an upcoming exhibit, MOHAI insists there IS fashion style here; Sawant wants to challenge the state’s rent-control ban; the ex-Ballard Zesto site will be razed; online trolls hate ‘pay transparency’.

LOWERING THE ‘BATTLE FLAG’
Apr 7th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

Beloved local singer-songwriter Shawn Smith remembered; Chateau Apartments’ tenants can stay for now; Tim Eyman still faces a state lawsuit and possible forced retirement; the Mariners’ miracle continues.

3/1/19: HEY, WAIT! I’VE GOT AN OLD COMPLAINT
Feb 28th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

Regressive taxation and other longtime WA traditions; waiting for Inslee’s announcement; high-rise condos under construction in the Intl. District; March comes in like a…?

1/2/18: SMELLS LIKE A LAWSUIT
Jan 1st, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

‘Designer grunge’ guy rips off Nirvana; various folks’ 2019 predictions; another fatal police shooting; Huskies’ Rose Bowl comeback try falls short.

4/17/18: FROM 10 WATTS TO 10 MILL
Apr 16th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

KEXP’s massive donation; more Starbucks Philly fallout; Seattle’s best public crying spots; are Sprint and T-Mobile like old sitcom characters?

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 2/7/17: SNOW-VANA
Feb 6th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

The city on Monday was a temporary paradise of whiteness and silence and joy, a sign that brighter spirits and brighter times are indeed still possible. We’ve also got the latest of our Washington’s righteous fight back against that Washington; potential good news for oil-train opponents; the Port of Seattle’s now ex-CEO defending his record; and the most epic version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” you’ll ever hear.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 8/2/16: NOW SEATING
Aug 1st, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Some King County bureaucrats are floating the (quite improbable) idea of moving county government functions out of downtown Seattle, so its buildings could be sold to developers. It’ll probably never happen but I’m still against it. Our other topics-O-the-day include one Central District businesswoman who’s NOT leaving; a way out of the false dichotomy between NIMBYs and free-marketeers i/r/t “affordable” housing; wildfires getting close to Hanford; the (obvious) problem with bus-only street lanes; and Amazon’s stock price exceeding that of Exxon.

MISCmedia MAIL for 6/22/16: RIP CITY RIP-OFF?
Jun 21st, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

A Portland sportswriter sees the TrailBlazers hiring the ex-Sonics announcer, and imagines a secret plot to ship the NBA team to Seattle (apparently a secret to everyone in Seattle). In more fact-based reportage, we view more Cobain-sploitation coming across the USA; trouble for Virginia Mason Med. Center; K Records trying to right its fiscal ship; the rise of the “upper middle class” (aka the people all those “upscale” products are aimed at); and political organizing for renters.

COBAIN + 20
Apr 5th, 2014 by Clark Humphrey

Twenty years ago, a sensitive soul apparently felt overwhelmed by the role thrust upon him (and by the addiction he apparently felt unable to overcome).

At the time, he had become the Biggest New Thing in the music business.

At the time, there was such a thing as the “music business.”

Since then, his infant daughter has grown up. Many of his friends and colleagues have continued to make music; others have gone into political activism, accounting, retail, and other endeavors.

The term “rock star” now seems to be applied more often to tech-startup CEOs than to musicians.

The recorded-music industry is now about two-fifths of what it used to be (by sales), and shrinks further every year.

But the Cobain Cult keeps going strong.

People still “re-imagine and re-invent” the man into almost completely fictionalized idealizations. He has been depicted as a demigod, a crucified martyr, a conspiracy victim, a badass, a weeping giant, a rocker, an anti-rocker, a Voice of a Generation, a idiosyncratic loner, etc. etc.

Even in the first days after his death, this had gone on. As Ann Powers quoted C/Z Records owner Daniel House then:

He’s turned into something that represents different things for different people. I understand the press is going to be all over it, but I wish they would leave it alone completely. Because that attention is why Kurt died. He had no life, no peace, constant chaos. He had become a freak.

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