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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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Culture, Books

The Queer Movie Poster Book

By Jenni Olson Chronicle Books (2004), $19.95 Much has been written about the role of queers in cinema -- with Vito Russo's The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies sitting on the shelves, thus far, as the subject's magnum opus.…
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Culture, Books Playing With History

Playing With History

Having been invited to high tea and cocktails at the Palace Hotel this month by Chronicle Books, which was hosting a party to launch James Dalessandro's new book 1906, I was suffused with that sense -- is it guilty luck…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Am Misbehavin'

Am Misbehavin'

THURS-SUN 9/18-21 A late-night incident involving underwear, a swimming pool, and uniformed sailors was gleefully reported by onlookers at last year's Litquake -- poet Kim Addonizio was unrepentant, and denied nothing. In all likelihood, other writers were green with envy.…
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Dog Bites

The Great Unread, Part XIV or So Judging by the wild success of our Don Johnson poll (see last item), the key to boosting Dog Bites' popularity is reader participation. So, while wracking our tiny brains to come up with…
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Dog Bites

Our Last Column After more than a year of writing this column, we're truly sorry to announce that we will be leaving to pursue other interests. In this case, we have finally -- finally! -- nailed down a lucrative book…
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Dog Bites

Examiner: Print More Pictures of Phil! Provided we actually wake up when the alarm clock goes off, Dog Bites sometimes likes to tune in to the Channel 2 morning show to catch heart-throb Examiner Editor Phil Bronstein bantering with the…
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Dog Bites

Dan Lungren in Universal Soldier! If Matt Fong's $50,000 donation to the Coalition for Traditional Values was bad news for his Senate campaign, just think how gubernatorial hopeful Dan Lungren must be feeling. Dog Bites was impressed by Lungren's weekend…
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Dining, Eat

Dish

Little Bites Maybe one reason tapas have become so popular -- too popular? -- is that the word is easy and fun to say, even for Anglophones. Bocaditos, the title of Reed Hearon's new cookbook (Chronicle Books, $15.95) is more…
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Dining, Eat

Dish

Gentlemen, Light Your Grills As hot summer weather forces people from their kitchens to their outdoor barbecues ("Spare the Air" days or no), Reed Hearon's new cookbook, The Mexican Grill (timely published this month by Chronicle Books, $19.95 in an…
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