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2008 Stories by Jose Gonzalez

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  • Writers of the Purple Sage

    published July 10, 2008

    Ernest Hemingway famously sought depth and heartbreak in the extreme brevity of a six-word story by penning, "For sale: baby shoes, never... More >>

  • Another Brick in the Waltz

    published July 3, 2008

    While postpartum depression and nuclear fallout are downers, it's the aftermath of a great party that gives rise to our leaden sighs. Local... More >>

  • Crossing Seas and Dotting Eyes

    published July 3, 2008

    Polka Dot Dot Dot embodies one of the great rites of American adolescence: the sleepover, a hootenanny of silly goosery and warm friendships.... More >>

  • Microphone Fiends

    published June 26, 2008

    The Downtown Phoenix Public Market has made shoppers think locally about their produce and proved there are bargains beyond clipped coupons and... More >>

  • Devil's Advocate

    published June 26, 2008

    The new iPhone drops and has the Internet going nuts like Paul Wall. Like the bling-mouthed Southern spitter, you feel compelled to stunt and... More >>

  • Welcome to the Grindhouse

    published June 19, 2008

    Thanks to countless bumper stickers (and common sense), we know that skateboarding is not a crime. Between Tony Hawk video games and rappers Lupe... More >>

  • Final Fantasy

    published June 12, 2008

    This year’s Phoenix ConGames 2008 will definitely be filled with swordplay and sorcery. But with the recent passing of Dungeons &... More >>

  • Pedal Pushers

    published June 5, 2008

    Four-dollar-per-gallon gas is around the corner, and (ugh) $5 is just down the block. Mass transit is on the upswing and folks are modifying... More >>

  • Afrika Unite

    published June 5, 2008

    Armed with an endless arsenal of records, Afrika Bambaataa threw park jams in the South Bronx as hip-hop took its first steps in the early... More >>

  • Female Bonding

    published May 29, 2008

    When Debbie Carrick of Arizona Women's Theatre Company put out a call to female playwrights, she may have had that Pink Floyd album title Is... More >>

  • Toy Polloi

    published May 29, 2008

    Who knew that Mr. Potato Head, the spud born of George Lerner's childhood imagination that Hasbro marketed to the masses in the ’50s, was... More >>

  • Storm Warning

    published May 22, 2008

    Things are heating up early in the WNBA season for the Phoenix Mercury as the Seattle Storm – the team the Mercury swept in the first round... More >>

  • Eclectic Shock

    published May 15, 2008

    Ah, the mystique of the Ladmo Bag. Not only did it contain a dizzying mix of candy and knickknacks, it was also bestowed upon kiddies from the... More >>

  • DIY'd in the Wool

    published May 8, 2008

    Mike Park boasts quite the résumé. He fronted the legendary ska-punk band Skankin' Pickle, founded the Plea for Peace Foundation... More >>

  • After Image

    published May 1, 2008

    In the soundtrack of our lives, there's no ignoring Johnny Paycheck's "Take This Job and Shove It," a tune that seemed to be going through the... More >>

  • Sol Food

    published April 24, 2008

    Johnny D, a.k.a. John Dixon, has been archiving Arizona music for nearly 50 years and may well harbor the largest record collection in the... More >>

  • Auto Show

    published April 17, 2008

    Looking for a dead-on definition of the Freudian id? How about a Hollywood blockbuster with a car chase? ASU’s Dr. Diane Gruber brings some... More >>

  • True Bromance

    published April 17, 2008

    Spring is here, which means love is in the air (or so they say). Some will dabble in surface-level infatuations that sate them for a few weeks... More >>

  • Walk on the Wild Side

    published April 10, 2008

    After downtown Phoenix’s First Friday event began pulling 10,000 people into the city’s core, other sleepy communities, such as... More >>

  • Spastic Times Call for Spastic Measures

    published April 10, 2008

    Fictional astronaut Steve Austin had six million dollars behind his rebuilding. What does Matt Spastic -- drummer for chaotic garage punks The... More >>

  • Sticker Shock

    published April 3, 2008

    “Ashy to classy” was how The Notorious B.I.G. described his ascent from street-level hustler to champagne-swigging rap star.... More >>

  • We Heart Freaks

    published March 20, 2008

    Freaks are apparently in high demand these days. Just look at the 999 Eyes Freakshow, a roving band of human oddities and their beloved cohorts... More >>

  • Hot to Trot

    published March 13, 2008

    In response to his girlfriend's loathing of late-night Latin rhythms, John Winger (as played by Bill Murray) in Stripes offers these... More >>

  • Mister Plough

    published February 28, 2008

    For four generations, Matthew Moore’s family farmed land on the outskirts of town. By 2001, the Phoenix native noticed that developers,... More >>

  • Ronald Versus McDonald

    published February 7, 2008

    Signs, signs, everywhere signs. Unfortunately, most are advertisements, shrill carnival barkers that are constantly forced upon us. Ron English... More >>

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