Sure, we love San Francisco Chronicle writer Mark Morford for describing Dick Cheney as “pure sneering vileness incarnate just by opening his tiny black eyes,” but we also love that the next day he’ll eloquently unearth deep-seated truths about fearing death or having children or maintaining sanity in a world which seems to exist solely to desecrate humankind’s empathy for each other. Readers all over the country revile him as a source of “San Francisco values,” but we say Morford’s compassion, intellect and incisive wit are to be most celebrated. (Plus, he really likes sex.) Jane Ganahl interviews him live and onstage on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 7:30pm. $12–$15. 415.383.9600.