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Film, "Payback": Overambitious Doc Explores Modern Debt

"Payback": Overambitious Doc Explores Modern Debt

With its novel approach and wider-than-usual scope, this riff on Margaret Atwood's 2008 book-length essay, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, avoids the traps of recent social-problem documentaries. But if there's value in Payback's all-encompassing point of view,…
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Further Down That Road Okay, maybe not your employer: I enjoyed "Path to Civility" , about bicycles in San Francisco. I rode a bicycle in the city in the early 1970s, when it was uncommon to do…
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Music, Bouncer Sweet Relief from the Stink

Sweet Relief from the Stink

The Tower of London, that giant penal castle in the heart of the city where three queens of England lost their heads and all who entered abandoned hope, is open to the public most days until 5:30 p.m. I went…
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News, Feature Paying the Price

Paying the Price

It took Mike Chiaponi 20 years, but in 1994 he finally acheived his lifelong dream. Manager of the Shell station on San Bruno just north of Candlestick Park, Chiaponi scraped together $400,000 and bought the business from his boss. With…
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The Sound of Noise

They sit motionless in their theater concert seats in neat, black clothes. Some hold their chins in their left hands. Others have their legs crossed, hands folded in laps. Periodically, they file in and out of the theater, pausing sometimes…
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