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Calendar, Night&Day Drool School

Drool School

Best-selling gross-out science writer Mary Roach, whose popular nonfiction books Spook and Stiff covered ideas about the afterlife and the physical process of postmor-tem decay, has a new book out. In Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, the Oakland-based author…
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Dining, SFoodie One City, One Book, and Some Ice Cream

One City, One Book, and Some Ice Cream

San Francisco's One City, One Book program is hoping to get as many residents as possible to read Mary Roach's Packing For Mars this fall -- but the incentive to do so just got a little bit sweeter. Smitten Ice…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Outhouse on the Final Frontier

The Outhouse on the Final Frontier

If you never want to finish a particular novel, join a book club that’s reading that novel. This isn’t an adage, just a bit of wisdom we forget every time we join a book club. The truth is, nobody should…
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Calendar, Night&Day In Space, No One Can Hear You Laugh

In Space, No One Can Hear You Laugh

Author Mary Roach goes strange places to get a story. She once accompanied a small army of doctors practicing facelifts on severed heads. She also asks odd questions — is there really something to this whole afterlife thing, and how…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Will Not Need Your Brassiere

You Will Not Need Your Brassiere

Where do you go after Stiff, Spook, and Bonk? That is, after Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife; and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex? You go into space, that's where. Or,…
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Culture, Bookcap

Lit events: Doug Dorst, Mary Roach, Bookswap, and more

Monday, Aug. 9 Former local Doug Dorst has a knack for getting lots of people to read his fiction. His Colma-set debut novel, Alive in Necropolis, was San Francisco's One City One Book selection last year, and his new short-story…
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Culture, Books <i>Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex</i>

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

With Bonk issued in paperback this week, one question comes to mind right away: "How come nobody did this before?" It's followed by one perhaps backhandedly complimentary answer: "Maybe it was just waiting for Mary Roach." For several years, the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cock, Roach

Cock, Roach

Mary Roach is legendary. As an author, she is a rare combination of dry wit and ferociously talented investigator. Having produced two books of nonfiction, Stiff and Spook, on the subjects of what happens to our bodies and our souls,…
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Culture, Books

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

By Mary Roach Norton (October), $24.95 Does the soul live on after death? Oakland author Mary Roach wanted the academic (not faith-based) answer to that question, and the result is Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. A history of both rigid…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Street Theater

Street Theater

FRI-SAT 10/7-8 San Francisco's Tenderloin is home to more than just the clank of hooker heels. It's a thriving place for art, too, and much of that is owed to the Luggage Store. Founded by local artists and residents who…
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Culture, Books The Pub in Publishing

The Pub in Publishing

A large woman in a miniskirted Santa suit perches on a barstool in front of me, drink in hand. Other Santas in various states of debauchery and exhaustion wander in as the night goes on; it's the 10th anniversary of…
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Culture, Books Come Together

Come Together

"Envy can be blinding to your art." This was Po Bronson, author of four books, speaking at a panel discussion last week celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Grotto, the San Francisco writing collective he co-founded. The other panelists --…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Surreal World

Surreal World

WED 5/12 Salvador Dali was an archetypal bad boy. He was kicked out of art school, disowned by his parents, and, most important, often found in the company of other misunderstood intellectuals like poet Federico García Lorca, filmmaker Luis Buñuel,…
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Culture, Books

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

By Mary Roach W.W. Norton & Company (2003), $23.95 In the introduction to Stiff, San Francisco-based journalist Mary Roach warns, "Many people will find this book disrespectful. There is nothing amusing about being dead, they will say. Ah, but there…
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