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Culture, Books "New California Writing 2011": Interesting Times for the Golden State Make Good Reads

"New California Writing 2011": Interesting Times for the Golden State Make Good Reads

Like any anthology, New California Writing 2011, from Berkeley's Heyday Books, enjoys the privilege of a self-selecting readership. It should delight anyone who feels inclined to pick it up. Maybe even haters, of which apparently there are some. "Schadenfreude has…
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Music, All Shook Down Should California Buy Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch? Yes, Please

Should California Buy Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch? Yes, Please

The news that California Assemblyman Mike Davis wants the state to buy Michael Jackson's former estate and open it to the public has prompted many a raised eyebrow. How can California possibly afford to do this at a time when…
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Calendar, Night&Day S.F. Ink

S.F. Ink

Tattoos are irresistible to look at, unless they’re on a sorority sister’s ankle. But it's impolite to stop people on the street and ask to look at their neck art for a while. You have to slyly steal glances, which…
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News, The Snitch Porn, Pot, and -- Plastic? Will Massive Deficit Kill or Enable Statewide Bag Fee?

Porn, Pot, and -- Plastic? Will Massive Deficit Kill or Enable Statewide Bag Fee?

When state lawmakers earnestly attempt to begin making up a deficit by proposing additional taxes or fees on booze, illegal drugs and pornography, it may well be time to invest in canned foods, guard dogs, and that "So, You're Building…
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Second Time Around

Shotgun Freeway It's turning out to be the Year of L.A. The two best American movies of 1997, Boogie Nights and L.A. Confidential, both plunge headlong into Los Angeles' mythical, not-so-distant past, and Wim Wenders' fascinating The End of Violence…
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