To Be Young and Homeless

If we ever want to break this cycle, break this chain of poverty and desocialization that passes down the generations, leading to so many other problems that affect our culture and drain our resources… this is the best chance.

The She Things: F**K You For Jesus!!!

Come revel in the babeliness that is The She Things.

I Love You Honeybear Suit: An Imaginary Interview with Father John Misty

This week the focal point of our issue is the upcoming Father John Misty show happening on Sunday, January 18 at the El Rey Theater in Chico. Synthesis had an interview scheduled with Josh Tillman, the man behind the Father John Misty curtain, but at the last minute (the very, very, last minute), the interview […]

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The Bad Road

The whiskey-passer put his hand on my knee, his thick thumb swishing back and forth like a cat’s tail before it pounces. Time stopped.

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Set My Sleep Number to 666, So That the Second I Open My Eyes in the Morning, the Bed Catapults My Flailing Body Straight Into the White-Hot Heart of the Sun

I looked out the window again. The same dumb-ass trees were still there. I looked at the scotch in my backpack.

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Vintage Year

The story is simple, barely existent, and yet rather unusual

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Big Bird in Baghdad

Big Bird was my pal and Big Bird never lied. Suddenly, the channels whipped passed again, landing on Fox News. I entered the war the next day.

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To Be Young and Homeless

If we ever want to break this cycle, break this chain of poverty and desocialization that passes down the generations, leading to so many other problems that affect our culture and drain our resources… this is the best chance.

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I Want To Believe

it’s amazing how many moments that are supposed to be important and memorable just end up being awkward affairs where I sit around thinking “is this it?” while trying not to fart and ruin things for everyone else.

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State of Dissatisfaction

We Americans are a dissatisfied lot, my own drives cripple me, and the sad state of the affairs that is the Super Bowl

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It’s super.

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Synthesis Travel Tips

a helpful list of handy hints that are sure to make your next plane ride a breeze.

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Some Visible Sound

A hole lay open in the ground

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Father John Misty: live at the El Rey Theater January 18th, 2015

Tillman, a consummate showman, cavorted his lithe frame across the platform throughout the night

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Taxes Aren’t Scary

The more knowledge I have about my taxes, the more I can plan for their role in my life.

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Horoscopes for January 26th, 2015

Behold, the Future.

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He was turned out in the dark 20 miles from home.

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Dust and Cobwebs – Final Thoughts

Over these weeks, as we cleaned and cried and shared these memories, a sense of ease settled over us. It was like finding no monster under the bed.

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No Middle Ground: my life after Baghdad

My husband and I were sitting at an outside table at Sierra Nevada having lunch, when I suddenly had something else to blame on the Iraq war: My bottom left molar.

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Cahors Sunset

Cahors Sunset is absolutely not for everyone; it’s slow, existential, a touch maudlin, and French as a baguette in a beret.

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The Media Can’t Get Enough of “Black Violence”

Trust me, there is no one definition of what being black truly is.

Choose Your Own Adventure: A Meditation On Packing

You now have some serious decisions before you:

Read, then Read Again

Marriage is not an institution I had envisioned for myself,

Horoscopes for the Week of January 19th

You are entering the dream space where imagination rules.

Blood Cabana: Hell is Paradise

And there will be blood… cabana.

You Are an Enormous, Eternal, and Majestic Mountain

The most important ingredient for success is enthusiasm

Dust and Cobwebs – Part Three

This room was an archaeological dig. We took a deep breath and excavated my mother’s addiction in layers, brushing off the dust and analyzing their significance.

Letter to the Editor – Domestic Violence isn’t Funny

Jokes about domestic violence are never funny. In Mr. Porter’s article in the January 5, 2015 edition of the Synthesis […]

I Went To Twin Peaks, You Guys

I casually made my way down the concrete walkway that overlooks the falls, not, as some may contend, “running like a little boy who waited too long to pee”

Lessons In Love With Stone Trolls

Well, master,” said the first giant, rubbing his face where it had been struck, “You told us to feel love for each other… but we can’t really feel very well. Hitting each other is the first thing we’ve discovered that we can actually feel.

Gaming Without Gaming

While bumbling around Steam, I was struck by a sudden whim of poor judgment, and decided to take the Steam reviewers at their word. I purchased a small game ported from mobile called Hero of the Kingdom

Events Calendar – 1/12/15-1/18/15

Featured Events: 13th | Tuesday Sierra Nevada Big Room: John McCutcheon. 7:30pm, all ages, $15 14th | Wednesday 1078 Gallery: […]

Dreams of Cyberspace and Undercover Cops

Sometimes I feel like everyone else is driving a late model BMW and I’m still cruising in my coffee-brown Pinto.

Avoiding Hangovers and Empty Wallets: Headaches Galore

Personally, I find bars frequently too expensive and permanently too loud for my enjoyment.