Douglas Barricklow
Zack Nguyen
Robert Zimmer, Jr.
Pete Stein
J. Myers Dupuy
Aaron Thomas
Ari Goldberg
Mark Watkins
Rod Lancer
Jim Fruk


he Coffee Shop Times certainly wasn't the first cultural-political eZine to hit the Internet, but, from the start, we've aimed to uniquely quench the news thirst of an ever-growing community -- Net citizens who seek fresh insight and alternative perspectives on mainstream headlines.

Like a virtual coffee shop (or coffee house), this site is a place for people to hang. We have the advantage of being open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Feel free to drop by anytime. Ponder, consume and digest what's happening in the universe -- and exchange your thoughts about the same with others.

In one well-organized place, CST provides feisty cultural and political commentary on the news itself; in addition, it offers links to the raw facts.

We hope to be intelligent, but never condescending. Our staff won't pull punches; it will express specific points of view, and it will revel in the controversial. And (apologies -- not -- to the politically correct): We are perfectly willing to skewer sacred cows.

The Coffee Shop Times is populist. It is for the citizen of Earth, united via the power of the Internet, regardless of his/her background or beliefs. It exhorts us to participate in the world, both in thought and deed.

On the other hand...

CST isn't one of the more serious plots on the Net (all of those seem to be taken): our content will range from the modestly sublime to the utterly ridiculous.

But CST is a jealous eZine. The CST staff warns its readers that false eZines do exist; we've seen them. Worship frequently. : )

To keep CST honest -- indeed, to keep it like it was in those Norman Rockwell days -- the following quote from Garrison Keillor has been set to music and is sung like an anthem at the conclusion of all Coffee Shop Times editorial meetings:

"A good newspaper is never nearly good enough, but a lousy newspaper is a joy forever."

Please feel free to e-mail any questions or comments you may have to the staff of The Coffee Shop Times.

CST began publication in August of 1997.


Douglas Barricklow, Editor
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-- The editor's blog.

-- The editor's cat.
Douglas Barricklow was born in Dallas and raised in Garland, Tx. His degree is a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.

He works in sports radio at KLUV-FM in Dallas, but keeps an eye (and two when he can spare them) on the rest of life, the universe and everything through this little hobby called The Coffee Shop Times.

He likes his coffee with cream, no sugar.

"With all his amateurish fumbling, Martin had one characteristic without which there can be no science: a wide-ranging, sniffing, snuffling, undignified, unself-dramatizing curiosity, and it drove him."

-- from ARROWSMITH by Sinclair Lewis

"[God] brings everything to pass precisely at its time; He also puts eternity in their mind, but without man ever guessing, from first to last, all the things that God brings to pass."

-- Ecclesiastes 3:11

Robert Zimmer, Jr., Columnist/Critic
Despite hailing from El Paso, Texas, Robert Zimmer is not a shit-kicker.

From his loft barely above the cesspool of Los Angeles, he writes (so they tell him) for film and TV -- and reminds you that Jesus did not preach in the glitzy temples, baby.

"Pleasure disappoints, possibility never."

-- Kierkegaard

Zack Nguyen., Columnist/Critic
Zack Nguyen lives, breathes, dreams, and thinks deep thoughts in Fort Worth, Texas. His favorite activities include writing, being married to his wife, reading the Bible, and complaining bitterly to Douglas that his columns aren't up on time.

The rumour that Zack runs a combination massage parlor/tanning salon out of his basement is simply that -- a rumour.

Zack also enjoys: dangerously competitive athletics, preachers that regularly offend their congregations, very bad movies, and guzzling the occasional Guinness Stout.

Zack Nguyen is also a pen name, and as much as he enjoys the camaraderie of the audience, he would appreciate no more messages in Mandarin, which he understands about as well as a Marxist understands Adam Smith.

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death."

-- Romans 8:1

"Their ignorance is pitiful -- their lives have been too easy. Had they experienced Dachau, they would have a better idea of how precious freedom is. These leftists should leave America. These Sarah Brady types must be educated to under-stand that because we have an armed citizenry, that a dictatorship has not yet happened in America. These anti-gun fools are more dangerous to Liberty than street criminals or foreign spies."

-- Theodore Haas, Jewish survivor of the Dachau concentration camp, speaking on anti-second amendment organizations.

"I'll see you again, when the stars fall from the sky, And the moon is turned to red, Over One Tree Hill."

-- Bono, from the song "One Tree Hill" by U2.

Eugene James, CST Contributor
Eugene James hails from the mean streets of Farmersville, TX, where he learned that a penny saved is a penny earned and that's why Texas shoppers turn to Minyard. He has yet to receive a penny for his thoughts... frugal bastards.

"Have you driven a Ford lately?"

-- Ford

Aaron Thomas, CST Correspondent
Aaron has searched far and wide in order to find himself.

He has searched Nepalese mountain passes and Japanese karaoke bars, North African medinas and Transylvanian police cells, only to discover he is exceedingly well hidden.

He is currently centring his enquiries on the TV newsrooms of Sydney, and on the couch listening to public radio.

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