Snooping Around Nicolas Cage’s San Francisco House

Could I learn more about my favorite actor by poking around his old Victorian mansion? OK Whatever I know a lot about Nicolas Cage. I know, for example, that he has a fondness for flamboyant jackets. He’s worn zebra-striped blazers on dinner dates and gold leather...

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The Drug That Makes You Spend All Your Money

Abilify treats depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, but it can also lead to compulsive gambling, shopping, eating, and sex.  OK Whatever Last week, Fareed Khalil* bought a figurine for $150. The week before that,...

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“They Put My Face On Sex Toy Batteries”

How modeling photos a Canadian woman took as a teen have continuously popped up in unexpected places over the last 15 years. OK Whatever “Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. This is our little secret.” That’s what the image of Lauren Gulyas seems to be saying, her pointer finger...

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I Was Talking With a Ghost

What’s it like hunting for spirits in a 134-year-old Victorian house. OK Whatever It’s almost 10 p.m. on a Saturday night and I’m sitting in pitch-black darkness inside a Victorian house in East Oakland. There’re about 15 other people here — each of whom paid the...

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I Got a Yoni Massage For Journalism

The tantric healing modality is supposed to release tension through your vagina. But it was more like getting finger-banged by a stranger. OK Whatever It was the middle of the day on a Monday and I was lying on my bed topless, wearing only black undies. A man who was...

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The Rise and Fall of Snortable Chocolate

Coco Loko was poised to become the next fad, but then the FDA intervened and it’s since disappeared from the internet. OK Whatever When Legal Lean started selling a snortable chocolate called Coco Loko in 2017, it made sense. The three-year-old Orlando,...

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Going to a Witch Dance on Halloween

How a sect of politically active, feminist neopagans try to make the world a better place, one night a year. OK Whatever The setting was incongruous. They were in a midcentury auditorium in Richmond, California, with wooden flip-up seats and the faded lines of an old...

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The Patron Saint of Sex

Carol Queen is battling cultural misnomers about sex, one lecture at a time. SF Weekly The week of Valentine’s Day was busy for Carol Queen. Then again, so are most weeks for the sexologist who, in addition to being the oldest working staff member at Good Vibrations,...

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