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Calendar, Night&Day Text Men

Text Men

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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Calendar, Night&Day Be There and Be Square

Be There and Be Square

What do paper planes, sewers, and blood have in common? Not a lot, under normal circumstances. However, all three topics are covered for 18-21 minutes at Nerd Nite, an informal celebration of random knowledge that usually involves just enough fun…
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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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Film, "The Adjustment Bureau": The Conspiracy Flick That Just Won't Shut Up

"The Adjustment Bureau": The Conspiracy Flick That Just Won't Shut Up

In Bourne Ultimatum screenwriter George Nolfi's directorial debut (an extremely loose adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 1954 short story "Adjustment Team"), Matt Damon plays David Norris, a Brooklyn-born, barfight-prone congressman rocketing to the front of a Senate race apparently on…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's a Trip

It's a Trip

Erik Davis is one of those West Coast mystical intellectuals trading in technology, myth, mysticism, magik, spirituality, and Wired -- he also has a fondness for Philip K. Dick. His most iconic book, at least for us, is Led Zeppelin's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Just Before It All Went Kablooey

Just Before It All Went Kablooey

Modern society is so intractably fucked that it's a fair question whether we still need the dystopian novel. Many of the most despairing science fiction visions, such as Philip K. Dick's fever-dreams of capitalist dictatorships and surveillance states, could pass…
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Calendar, Night&Day Killer App

Killer App

William Gibson's first book, Neuromancer, which won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award, came out 23 years ago. And he wrote it on a manual typewriter. If that doesn't take you back! He coined…
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Film, Truly, Madly, <i>Darkly</i>

Truly, Madly, Darkly

Slipped into the summer movie season like acid in your happy meal, Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly is a blockbuster of counterprogramming. No matter that the dude from The Matrix is its star — or would be, if he weren't…
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Calendar, Performance Futuristic Fantasy

Futuristic Fantasy

THURS-FRI 5/22-23 To call him a queer man's Philip K. Dick is perhaps the highest compliment you can give a gay science-fiction writer, and yet even such high praise falls short of capturing the tremendous depth and breadth of Samuel…
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Film, <i>Report</i> Card

Report Card

Steven Spielberg just might turn into a great director if only he'd stop sabotaging his movies. For the second time in as many films, he demolishes his product with a third act that renders all that's come before it void.…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

I'm uncomfortable with sadness -- not other people's sadness, but my own. So it's understandable that Casiotone for the Painfully Alone makes me uncomfortable. Comprised of one man and a half-dozen thrift store keyboards, Casiotone offers seemingly simplistic, blurry pop…
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Zoom Lens

We Can Borrow It for You Wholesale The Truman Show is generally, and lavishly, being praised for three things: Jim Carrey's performance as the hapless guinea pig in a 24-7 TV spectacle; Peter Weir's easy direction of Truman's gradual discovery…
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Memories Can't Wait

Dark City Directed by Alex Proyas. Written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs, and David S. Goyer. Starring Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O'Brien, Colin Friels, and Ian Richardson. Opens Friday, Feb. 27, at the Kabuki. The science-fiction…
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