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Jonathan Lethem and Daniel Handler are extraordinarily peculiar human beings and members of the contemporary author super-league that's devoted to writing smart, engaging books and making writers obviously cooler than all other humanoids. Handler can't help but be funny,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Calling All Dick-Heads! The Philip K. Dick Festival Is Here

Calling All Dick-Heads! The Philip K. Dick Festival Is Here

San Francisco is no stranger to festivals involving dicks, but those who've grown wary of seeing every Tom's Harry will be delighted to hear that a different dick fest is in town. We speak of the Philip K. Dick Festival,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Calling All Dick-Heads

Calling All Dick-Heads

San Francisco is no stranger to festivals involving dicks, but those who’ve grown wary of seeing every Tom’s Harry will be delighted to hear that a different dick fest is in town. We speak of the Philip K. Dick Festival,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jonathan Lethem Gets Bookish in Cinema Address

Jonathan Lethem Gets Bookish in Cinema Address

At last year's San Francisco International Film Festival, indie producer and invited speaker Christine Vachon embarrassed her hosts with a sloppy and unprepared "State of Cinema" report. To erase the lingering memory of that lowbrow disaster, organizers lured another New…
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Culture, Books "Go the Fuck to Sleep": Profane Kids' Book for Adults

"Go the Fuck to Sleep": Profane Kids' Book for Adults

Not all of them will admit it, but most authors want their books to become Amazon bestsellers. Being an Amazon bestseller before even being published seems like a lot to ask. Being a prepublication Amazon bestseller that wasn't even supposed…
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Music, All Shook Down Tonight: Jonathan Lethem on KQED

Tonight: Jonathan Lethem on KQED

Over Christmas I finished what became my favorite novel of 2009: Chronic City. It's writer Jonathan Lethem's latest book, and it's about, among other characters, an out of work TV actor engaged to an astronaut trapped in space, an ex-rock…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Tonight's Pick: Jonathan Lethem

What To Do? Tonight's Pick: Jonathan Lethem

"Jonathan Lethem's last two novels -- 2003's Fortress of Solitude and 2007's You Don't Love Me Yet -- steered away from the sci-fi leanings of his early work. The talking kangaroos, post-apocalyptic telepaths, and alien hermaphrodites were replaced by flying…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lethem Drops Chronic

Lethem Drops Chronic

Jonathan Lethem's last two novels — 2003's Fortress of Solitude and 2007's You Don't Love Me Yet — steered away from the sci-fi leanings of his early work. The talking kangaroos, post-apocalyptic telepaths, and alien hermaphrodites were replaced by flying…
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News, Feature My Tunes: Beth Lisick

My Tunes: Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick's career has been nothing if not idiosyncratic. Before hitting the national spotlight in 2005 with her hilarious memoir Everybody Into the Pool, the East Bay native played Lilith Fair and Lollapalooza with her band the Beth Lisick Ordeal…
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Music, OK Then A Fan's Notes

A Fan's Notes

Jonathan Lethem spots me in the lobby and walks right up to me. I don't know how he knows who I am. When I ask him, he tells me that he figured he'd be able to pull me out of…
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