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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sarah Vowell: America's Missionary-Style Foreign Policy Is Like an Invasive Tree Species

Sarah Vowell: America's Missionary-Style Foreign Policy Is Like an Invasive Tree Species

Author (and former SF Weekly columnist) Sarah Vowell really has a lot to say about the role religion has played in American life. Her previous book, The Wordy Shipmates, is about New England Puritans, while in her most recent, Unfamiliar…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Literary Tradition Pays a Visit to S.F. with Launch Party for <i>Granta</i>

Literary Tradition Pays a Visit to S.F. with Launch Party for Granta

Literary magazine Granta is A Very Big Deal. (Writerly circles are sometimes okay with random capitalization.) Its contributors over the years include Sylvia Plath, Saul Bellow, Raymond Carver, and Milan Kundera. That the London-based quarterly has an event in San…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jane Smiley: Writers Need Community More Than They Need Solitude

Jane Smiley: Writers Need Community More Than They Need Solitude

Among the most famous of all the famous writers who came out of the celebrated Iowa Writers' Workshop is the prolific and talented Jane Smiley. Smiley has written more than 10 novels, including the epic The Greenlanders and the Pulitzer…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Wake for 1978: Remembering Harvey Milk, George Moscone, Jonestown

A Wake for 1978: Remembering Harvey Milk, George Moscone, Jonestown

The people we've known who lived in San Francisco in 1978 say it seemed like the city had been gripped by madness. On Nov. 18 of that year, nearly 1,000 people from San Francisco's People's Temple committed suicide under…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Steve Jobs' Biographer to Speak in S.F. on a Complex Man at a Confusing Time

Steve Jobs' Biographer to Speak in S.F. on a Complex Man at a Confusing Time

Steve Jobs always knew how to captivate an audience. Through strong performances over the years introducing technological advances at Apple Inc., he made it nearly impossible to see an Apple product without associating it with him. But in the wake…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Christopher Ryan Debunks Theory That Humans Are 'Hard-Wired' for Monogamy

Christopher Ryan Debunks Theory That Humans Are 'Hard-Wired' for Monogamy

The "standard scientific narrative" about human romantic and sexual relationships goes like this: Men are obsessed with sex and determined to control their mates' sexuality to ensure they continue their own lineage. Women engage in sex with men only to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Death Panels, Part III:</em> Jack the Ripper in <br><em>From Hell</em> Leads Comics Whose Stories Go Epic

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From Hell Leads Comics Whose Stories Go Epic

October calls for scares, and despite the very scary state of the world, there is still a desire for entertainment that frightens us. Here we look at the broad, deep legacy of horror comics in a series that delves into…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mayoral Candidates Answer: What Book Can't You Finish?

Mayoral Candidates Answer: What Book Can't You Finish?

When I was a high school senior, I had a girlfriend who was in college. She studied philosophy and was also a fiend for literature. I was so impressed with my overachieving little brainiac self. Then she gave me a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lit Crawl: The Cerebral Orgy That Takes Over Minds and Bodies in the Mission

Lit Crawl: The Cerebral Orgy That Takes Over Minds and Bodies in the Mission

Without your map Saturday night, you're nothing. What's that you say? You know your way around? You've lived here a whole year? You have a smartphone? Forget it. It's not smart enough. Saturday night is Lit Crawl, the intellectual orgy…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Litquake's Writers in Recovery: "All of My Artistic Heroes Were Addicts"

Litquake's Writers in Recovery: "All of My Artistic Heroes Were Addicts"

A group of people filed into a large room. Seven of them got up in front of the crowd and told stories about their addictions and the terrible things they did. Most of the stories were true. Deeply confessional. Brutally…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Being Invisible Lets You Get <i>Really</i> Close to People -- Ask Chuck Klosterman

Being Invisible Lets You Get Really Close to People -- Ask Chuck Klosterman

It's rare to have a middling opinion of Chuck Klosterman. Among the New York City literati, among whom he once stood as pre-eminent cultural critic, Klosterman has become something of a pariah for his contrarian take on media in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Appearing at Litquake Starting this Weekend: Practically Everyone

Appearing at Litquake Starting this Weekend: Practically Everyone

During the run of Litquake, there's sometimes a tendency (never by us!) to be timid in the early offerings, babying the reserves of literary interest for the madness of the fest's closing night, Lit Crawl. Here's a tip: Fear Lit…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Censorship Is a Thing of the Past -- and the Present, says Human Rights Lawyer Kirk Boyd

Censorship Is a Thing of the Past -- and the Present, says Human Rights Lawyer Kirk Boyd

In this dominion of progressive politics, it's easy to forget that other parts of the country aren't quite as accepting. In July, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five was banned from a Missouri school district when a Missouri State University professor complained about…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Charles C. Mann Explains How Columbus Unleashed Cataclysm in Finding "New World"

Charles C. Mann Explains How Columbus Unleashed Cataclysm in Finding "New World"

Consider the potato. It's Irish, right? Or British? Both cultures eat chips with almost anything, and the potato was long a cash crop for Ireland. There was that potato famine in the 19th century that killed some 2 million people…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What You Find at the Big Book Sale Might Be Shocking -- or Shockingly Funny

What You Find at the Big Book Sale Might Be Shocking -- or Shockingly Funny

Look at the title of the book to the right. My First Days in the White House. Now look at the author: Huey Pierce Long. Not a president you recognize? That's because he wasn't president -- but the populist firebrand…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Act of Creating at SF Zine Fest Blows Away Any Mass-Produced Sales Pitch

The Act of Creating at SF Zine Fest Blows Away Any Mass-Produced Sales Pitch

Small-press publishers don't slack off. Over the weekend at SF Zine Fest, the County Fair Building's two halls and a reading room were filled with independently produced artwork and literature. And if that weren't testament enough to their productivity,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Book Editors Say Queers "Shouldn't Ask to Sit at the Table -- We Should Dismantle the Table"

Book Editors Say Queers "Shouldn't Ask to Sit at the Table -- We Should Dismantle the Table"

If you thought living in a concrete cage was bad, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, and especially transgender behind bars can be even worse. The editors of a new anthology called Captive Genders maintain that queer people experience abuse at a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Owl Cave Books: It's an Installation, Library, Swap Meet, Info Desk, and Pop-up Shop

Owl Cave Books: It's an Installation, Library, Swap Meet, Info Desk, and Pop-up Shop

Between reading international art mags, sipping Blue Bottle coffee and eating baked goods, we met Viniita Moran at a recent visit to the Kadist Reading Room. A fellow art enthusiasts and lover of all things literary, Moran created Owl Cave…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Rad Dad</em>s Claim Parenting "as a Political Territory"

Rad Dads Claim Parenting "as a Political Territory"

For some people, having a baby is like climbing into a slingshot aimed toward mainstream culture, which is often a relief: No more foraging for urban greens, making coffee for three hours, and having a stance on vinyl. But for…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jewelle Gomez Gets Inside the Head of Author James Baldwin in <i>Waiting for Giovanni</i>

Jewelle Gomez Gets Inside the Head of Author James Baldwin in Waiting for Giovanni

Poet and novelist Jewelle Gomez is the author of The Gilda Stories, about black lesbian vampires. She has spent the past few years working on a play, Waiting for Giovanni, which is currently running at the New Conservatory Theatre…
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