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News, The Snitch New 826 Valencia Writing Lab Opens in Tenderloin

New 826 Valencia Writing Lab Opens in Tenderloin

The crowd of 100 or so people at the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street at around 2:30 p.m. today was not your typical gathering on Pill Hill in the Tenderloin, where murmurs of "Oxys," "Roxies," “Heroin,” and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Comically Terrible Writing

Comically Terrible Writing

In 2011, Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware kicked off the first Regreturature by saying "Every writer has to start somewhere," and then, in the interest of fairness — "I volunteer to also fall on the sword this evening" — he…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist As McSweeney's Turns 15, Dave Eggers Is Surprised It Still Exists. Happy, Though.

As McSweeney's Turns 15, Dave Eggers Is Surprised It Still Exists. Happy, Though.

In association with our feature story this week, we asked former SF Weekly cartoonist and current McSweeney's overlord Dave Eggers some questions about his still-thriving company and about San Francisco's literary landscape. Here's what he said. Which people or institutions…
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News, Feature A City of Two Tales: City Lights and McSweeney's Continue to Find Room on the Shelf

A City of Two Tales: City Lights and McSweeney's Continue to Find Room on the Shelf

This was the scene on Valencia Street on a recent Sunday: The sun was out. The air was mild. A temperate November day, of the sort that reminds you you're on the West Coast. But not in Seattle. Not in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Basement Exotica

Basement Exotica

Getting posh underground is a literary tradition that Babylon Salon maintains every season. Held in the swank Cantina, with its candlelit basement cash bar exotica, the series has an unusually strong assortment of literature on the menu for its…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shorts, How Novel

Shorts, How Novel

We're not sure why short story collections don't get the same attention as their whore cousin, the novel, especially considering our ever-decreasing attention spans (one moment while we tweet this...). Short stories do the same heavy lifting as novels,…
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Film, "Promised Land": The Message Is the Message

"Promised Land": The Message Is the Message

Salesmen are typically depicted in screen drama as the quintessential American phonies. The exceptions — in Barry Levinson's Avalon or Whit Stillman's Barcelona — are buried under a mountain of films proving the rule. That one set of phonies are…
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Calendar, Night&Day You've Come a Long Way, Baby

You've Come a Long Way, Baby

The Rumpus, brainchild of local author Stephen Elliott, has always been a literary darling, publishing top-notch essays and interviews, incubating the Dear Sugar phenomenon, and single-handedly bringing written correspondences back en vogue with Letters in the Mail, where authors like…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What to Do on Your Lunch Break Wednesday -- Dave Eggers Book Signing

What to Do on Your Lunch Break Wednesday -- Dave Eggers Book Signing

It used to be impossible to sign a hologram. That all changes this Wednesday when literary superhero Dave Eggers pays a visit to Green Apple Books to sign his newest novel, A Hologram for the King. News about Dave Eggers'…
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Culture, Books "A Hologram for the King": Dave Eggers Shows His Kind Heart

"A Hologram for the King": Dave Eggers Shows His Kind Heart

Perhaps what's most remarkable about Dave Eggers' big-spiritedness is that the same humane, world-minded impulses that animate his work with 826 Valencia et al. also have become the hallmark of his fiction and reportage. Who could have guessed that, after…
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Calendar, Night&Day And Then Came the Next Idea

And Then Came the Next Idea

With the Six-Word Memoir publishing juggernaut, Larry Smith of Smith Magazine discovered a lot of stories need only six words. Here’s ours: “Who’s farting in the God-damned elevator?” Smith also found out other stories require more words -- sometimes dozens,…
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Culture, Books Off the Syllabus: "The Best American Non-Required Reading" is a Pleasure

Off the Syllabus: "The Best American Non-Required Reading" is a Pleasure

By far the best thing you could have on an airplane this winter, including an upgrade or an exit-row aisle seat, the latest edition of the anthology series The Best American Non-Required Reading makes a persuasive argument for high school…
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Calendar, Night&Day An Education on Education

An Education on Education

The statistics are dire. Nearly one-third of U.S. high school students drop out. And less than one-third of eighth-graders are up to where they should be in reading and math. Kids who live in urban areas and those who come…
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Film, "American Teacher": Matt Damon Sticks Up for Conservatives' Punching Bag

"American Teacher": Matt Damon Sticks Up for Conservatives' Punching Bag

One of the right wing's favorite punching bags — and even, increasingly, the left's — is the teaching profession. Director Vanessa Roth, who co-produced American Teacher with Ninive Calegari and Dave Eggers and scored Matt Damon to narrate, counters the…
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Calendar, Night&Day An Education on Education

An Education on Education

The statistics are dire. Nearly one-third of U.S. high school students drop out. And less than one-third of eighth-graders are up to where they should be in reading and math. Kids who live in urban areas and those who come…
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Calendar, Night&Day Thank a Teacher — If You Can Find One

Thank a Teacher — If You Can Find One

The statistics are dire. Nearly one-third of U.S. high school students drop out. And less than one-third of eighth-graders are up to where they should be in reading and math. Kids who live in urban areas and those who come…
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Culture, Bookcap

This month's literary events

Thursday, Oct. 7 Judd Apatow is often called the father of the bromance movie. It's hard to argue with that label, since his directing credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Funny People. But there's clearly an intelligent mind…
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Calendar, Night&Day Storm Warning

Storm Warning

As though he’s doing penance for younger indulgences, Dave Eggers has gone in an unexpected direction in recent years, focusing on sober, intimate accounts of underreported subjects. It's a sharp contrast to his precious early work, and it has rehabilitated…
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Music, All Shook Down Bastille Day Party, Indie Mart, Mission Creek and Dave Eggers' art

Bastille Day Party, Indie Mart, Mission Creek and Dave Eggers' art

Now that the World Cup is long over, let's get back to business. If you're like some people, you're probably wondering how will you spend your vuvuzela-less days. Others may not know what that word means. Either way, rejoice in…
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Calendar, Night&Day How We Are Hungry

How We Are Hungry

Dave Eggers is guilty of being famous, and those who sentence people for that have been sentencing him for years. He writes books? Opens writing schools? Publishes a one-day rocket-car newspaper? He's like a fucking criminal. If he sucked, we…
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