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Allan Goldstein

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It’s Always Complicated Times

It’s Always Complicated Times

I’ve been traveling in my way-back machine lately, visiting various eras and speaking to the locals. I needed a vacation from our crazy times, and wanted to meet people with different points of view. Unfortunately, where and when ever I went I heard the same sad...

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Allan Goldstein

Allan Goldstein is a writer and music producer living in San Francisco and Palm Springs. His op-ed column, “Caught off Base,” which appears on this site, has been published in SF’s West Portal Monthly newspaper for the past 20 years.

Allan used to write for several blogs, including Opednews.com, Smirking Chimp, Open Salon, among many others. After interacting with the online public, he no longer does that.

Other work has been published in literary reviews, magazines, and writer’s websites. His acclaimed, five star novel, “The Confessions of a Catnip Junkie,” can be found in hard copy and digital version on Amazon.com

A producer of soul, rock and go-go music in his youth, Allan has reverted to that artform in his not-so-youth. Currently he is documenting the amazing Palm Springs jazz and music scenes in a series of recordings, soon to be posted on his other website, The Palm Swings Music Project. (Go See) Look for the first wave of sonic bliss on that site by the end of 2018.

Allan is married to Jordan, the wife of 25 years he is still striving to deserve. No kids, one cat who also splits her time between the Bay Area and the desert. Allan sincerely believes that one cat is not enough, but his current feline begs to differ.

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Life As We Know It

It’s Always Complicated Times

It’s Always Complicated Times

I’ve been traveling in my way-back machine lately, visiting various eras and speaking to the locals. I needed a vacation from our crazy times, and wanted to meet people with different points of view. Unfortunately, where and when ever I went I heard the same sad...

How do you know if you’re an artist?

How do you know if you’re an artist?

How do you know if you’re an artist? My friend Barry is basically an aging stoner in the Sunset District, but he’s an artist too. He wrote a book called Deep Fool that not many people read. It’s about his spectacularly wasted youth and some truly horrid things he did...

In Defense of Cats

In Defense of Cats “The Confessions of a Catnip Junkie” I come before you now in defense of cats. They shouldn’t need my help, Americans have over eighty million cats, more than dogs, more than any other animal. But if the cat is much loved, it is more misunderstood....

BARBARA GRIFFITH

BARBARA GRIFFITH

BARBARA GRIFFITH All my life I’ve avoided funerals like they were catching. I never got much solace from them, and I didn’t think my absence disrespected the principal, the dead being rather indifferent on the subject. I never realized the power of publicly...

The “Joys” of Aging

If you’re fortunate, you will live to be old. Yet old age brings thoughts of dread to the young; the best they can say about it is that it beats the alternative. How little they know. But that’s the defining characteristic of youth: How little they know. In truth, the...

My Virtual Valentine?

February is the month of love, but it sure doesn’t feel that way now. This feels more like a time of spousal abuse and sexual harassment than chocolate hearts and romance. Love is out of fashion, the culture doesn’t believe in it much anymore. A couple generations ago...

Music and Sports

A Truly Universal Designated Hitter

A Truly Universal Designated Hitter

There has been much talk lately about adopting a “universal designated hitter” in Major League baseball. The problem is that pitchers can’t hit, and fans deserve a professional hitter in every at bat in today’s time-challenged game. As a baseball traditionalist I’ve...

SOUNDTRACK MADNESS

SOUNDTRACK MADNESS

SOUNDTRACK MADNESS When Sigmund Freud launched modern psychology by naming the hidden recesses of the human mind, the unconscious, superego, id, and the rest, he forgot a part—perhaps the most mysterious part of all—The Soundtrack. If the exhaustive survey I conducted...

Politics, Government etc.

D-Day for Trump

D-Day for Trump

Disclaimer: If you are among the 40% of Americans who are enraptured by Donald Trump you will not like what you read here. You should probably turn the page. I’m not here to debate the issues. I will not argue about Trump’s tax cut, his bluster with our allies, his...

Ideology has had its day

Ring down the curtains, pack up the props and shutter the theater. Ideology, that grand stage upon which the great and bloody dramas of the last century were played, is played out. Ideology was just another fad, a mostly 20th century diversion in the flow of history....

Anything Goes

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