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Calendar, Night&Day Well Played, Sterry

Well Played, Sterry

You're a writer and you have one minute with Soft Skull Press executive editor Laura Mazer: How do you pitch your book? This isn't a rhetorical question -- you really do have one minute with Mazer. At Pitchapalooza, she's sitting…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Stupids Dance

The Stupids Dance

If you've ever wished for a long-lost tribe, a sort of nebulous cultural group to take you in no questions asked, welcome to Brass Menazeri. Your new fictional Eastern European/caravanner identity comes complete with hi-jinky group dancing scenarios, loud sing-alongs,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sometimes It Only Takes Three Minutes

Sometimes It Only Takes Three Minutes

In this ADD-addled era, anything over a 90-minute film can safely qualify as "long." The Three-Minute Film Fest, however, wasn't conceived to indulge short attention spans or a taste for simple plots. Rather, it was created five years ago to…
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Culture, Books Secret Fiction

Secret Fiction

It didn't start off promising, but by evening's end it was worth the trip. On my way in to dinner, the rain was pissing down (doesn't it ever just fall softly?), and I had trouble finding parking near the Thai…
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Music, Reviewed Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Dear Unknown Band From Middle-of-Nowhere Missouri, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Firstly, your name, which tickles me in ways I don't fully understand. Secondly, your singer's voice, like a friendly, joy-buzzed handshake from the Mendoza…
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Culture, Books

No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days

By Chris Baty Chronicle Books (2004), $14.95 It's appropriate that Chris Baty's first published book has roots in National Novel Writing Month, the annual competition he founded to challenge would-be novelists to write a 50,000-word work of prose in a…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Ordinary = Good It's Nice to Be Nice Especially if you're a Skoal-chawin', curse-screamin' youth sports coach: I wanted to let you know that I appreciate Matt Palmquist's article "Nice Guys Finish First" . Not only is it a…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

Babble on and on They say that it takes an artist his whole life to make his first record and only a year to make his second, which may explain why sophomore efforts typically feel incomplete and ill-conceived. The same…
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