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Culture, Kill Your Television Daddy Issues: The Only Law Is Sperm Law

Daddy Issues: The Only Law Is Sperm Law

Halfway through a marathon viewing of the worst show on TV, Paternity Court, I realized that the smug superiority I felt toward everyone on the show was hypocrisy. No, I've never been pregnant and not known who the father was.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Squealer and Snowball

Squealer and Snowball

It's hilarious to take characters from classic novels and put them in a pornographic version of the present, but when those characters are animals... it's probably even more hilarious. Amy Stephenson and the folks behind Shipwreck, an erotic literary…
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Calendar, Night&Day war is peace, & ignorance is strength

war is peace, & ignorance is strength

Written more than 60 years ago, George Orwell's 1984 is undoubtedly one of the most visionary novels of the 20th century and is one of those rare books that becomes more relevant with the passing of time. (We need…
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Music, All Shook Down Ad Copy Fail: Animal Farm Will Delight Your Kids

Ad Copy Fail: Animal Farm Will Delight Your Kids

Almost everyone who's sat through a high school English class is familiar with George Orwell's novel Animal Farm, a disturbing anti-Stalinist allegory in which some farm animals' attempt to ordain their own fate goes violently wrong. In short, not really…
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Culture, Encore

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The Farm. Shotgun Players and director Jon Tracy have radically "remixed" George Orwell's Animal Farm into a seething hip-hop, postapocalyptic, dystopian fantasy — and it works. Production designer Nina Ball fiendishly delivers Mad Max costuming, black-inked tattoos, and a rusted…
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Culture, Stagecap

The Farm

Shotgun Players and director Jon Tracy have radically "remixed" George Orwell's Animal Farm into a seething hip-hop, postapocalyptic, dystopian fantasy — and it works. Production designer Nina Ball fiendishly delivers Mad Max costuming, black-inked tattoos, and a rusted metal set…
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News, Sucka Free City What We Talk About When We Talk About Spin

What We Talk About When We Talk About Spin

In 1995, while writing his bleakly satirical debut story collection CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, George Saunders was a sensitive new father slinging PR for an engineering firm. At one point, it fell to young Saunders to put the right spin…
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News, Matt Smith

Doublespeak With Forked Tongue

Rarely does testimony at official City Hall gatherings meet high literary standards of eloquence and pith. But then few forums want so badly for such qualities as a Board of Supervisors committee hearing, such as the one last week where…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

Eric Arthur Blair was born on June 25, 1903, in Motihari, India, where his father was employed as a civil servant, but he was raised and educated in England by his mother, gratitude for which he expressed by shuffling off…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 To J.D. Salinger fans, Marin author Joyce Maynard committed a cardinal sin when she dished about her affair with the reclusive writer in her memoir At Home in the World. Those same folks might complain that…
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Dining, The Mix

The Mix

Chinatown is the place where you can tie one on without running into anyone you know -- assuming, of course, that you're not a local, or a regular, or in some way affiliated with the Chinatown community. It's the neighborhood…
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