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Calendar, Night&Day Enter Sandman

Enter Sandman

In 2012, Neil Gaiman appeared at Comic-Con via Skype to announce that he was collaborating with artist JH Williams III (Promethea) on The Sandman: Overture. It's hard to imagine the level of excitement this prequel instigated. A quarter-century ago,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sand Art

Sand Art

An epic story with plotlines centered on revenge, resurrection, and survival, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman is the kind of comic series that makes other comic series pale by comparison. First published in 1989, it prompted Norman Mailer — who…
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Music, All Shook Down Christina Aguilera: The Latest Pop Star To Have Her Way With Marilyn Monroe's Image

Christina Aguilera: The Latest Pop Star To Have Her Way With Marilyn Monroe's Image

I should know better than to step within two time zones of Marilyn Monroe. She has a way of drawing the worst from writers of my gender. Stalwarts from Norman Mailer to Thomas Pynchon have embarrassed themselves, some at greater…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Laments the Lack of Maniacs at Glen Park Station

Bouncer Laments the Lack of Maniacs at Glen Park Station

When you start to spend a lot of time with people who are on the autism spectrum, it becomes quite clear that we all have quirks, foibles, aspects, facets, and traits that could also be called "autistic" — like the…
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News, The Snitch Your Monday Morning Hangover: Fests and Feists, RIP Norman Mailer

Your Monday Morning Hangover: Fests and Feists, RIP Norman Mailer

Welcome to this week's Monday Morning Hangover. The mimosa headache still beats fresh behind our eyes, yet we bring it every Monday at 9 a.m.(ish). I'm your web editor, David Downs. Let's start with the funny. Two words: Anime…
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Music, All Shook Down Your Monday Morning Hangover: Fests and Feists, RIP Norman Mailer

Your Monday Morning Hangover: Fests and Feists, RIP Norman Mailer

Welcome to this week's Monday Morning Hangover. The mimosa headache still beats fresh behind our eyes, yet we bring it every Monday at 9 a.m.(ish). I'm your web editor, David Downs. Let's start with the funny. Two words: Anime…
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News, Dog Bites

For Love of Boonville

When we first heard about the literary festival Litquake, we were suspect of it, mainly because of the name. "Litquake" has that good-and-good-for-you spin -- à la "Rock the Vote," "Safe Sex Is Hot Sex," and "Fruit Is Nature's Candy"…
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Calendar, Night&Day Picture Imperfect

Picture Imperfect

Alternately referred to as the "wizard of odds" and the "photographer of freaks," Diane Arbus (1923-71) would probably have felt right at home here in San Francisco. As it was, she found plenty to inspire her back east, exploring New…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Programmed Rep Cinema

The Castro does great stuff with live stage shows and in-person tributes, but it likes to run single movies for a couple of weeks at a time. The Red Vic tends to rely on recent releases (although its cozy atmosphere…
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The Man Who Would Be Ali

When We Were Kings Directed by Leon Gast. A documentary featuring Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, George Plimpton, James Brown, Norman Mailer, and Miriam Makeba. Opens Friday, Feb. 14, at the Kabuki. Like a black Jay Gatsby with a bulging build,…
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Slap Shots

Virtual Vanity Just because you have a computer doesn't mean you can't be stupid. -- Beavis & Butt-head, quoted in Everything I Know I Learned on Acid, by Coco Pekelis Self-examination through writing is a proud literary tradition in this…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

Mailer on Mailer It was a deceptively simple situation. The Writer, brandishing a formidable and long-awaited piece of research disguised as a best-selling book on the life of the young Picasso, on a publicity whistle-stop in San Francisco. The cool…
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