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News, The Snitch Michelangelo Signorile is Coming to Books Inc.

Michelangelo Signorile is Coming to Books Inc.

Radio journalist and activist Michelangelo Signorile has a new book out in which he argues that the current celebratory mood among many LGBT organizations and citizens is actually brewing a dangerous complacency. It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Danish Writer Naja Marie Aidt on American English, Growing up in Greenland, and Sentimentality

Danish Writer Naja Marie Aidt on American English, Growing up in Greenland, and Sentimentality

Reached by phone in Minneapolis, where she was about to eat a bowl of soup, Naja Marie Aidt, one of Scandinavia's leading authors, said she’s enjoying her book tour for Baboon, a collection of short stories – and her first…
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Dining, SFoodie Asian Pickles Get Their Due in New Book by Bay Area Author

Asian Pickles Get Their Due in New Book by Bay Area Author

I have to admit that “I need more Asian pickles in my life” is not a thought I often have. But after flipping through Karen Solomon’s new book on the topic, it’s a thought that may start occurring more often.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Flying Furniture: Brian Goggin's Art Piece <i>Defenestration</i> Evicted

Flying Furniture: Brian Goggin's Art Piece Defenestration Evicted

Brian Goggin's art is iconic, internationally recognized, and purely San Franciscan in its entirety. The San Francisco-based artist crafts his high-flying pieces, ranging from flapping books to plummeting pianos -- each piece fusing with existing edifices and structures. But…
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Culture, Books Lonely City: A New Field Guide to San Francisco

Lonely City: A New Field Guide to San Francisco

Every once in awhile, there comes a beautiful work of art that gives rightful tribute to the place we call home. Whether it comes in the form of song, literature, or art, these tributes depict more than the Golden Gate…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Brian Goggin's Art as Unofficial Monuments of San Francisco

Tourism for Locals: Brian Goggin's Art as Unofficial Monuments of San Francisco

San Franciscans are one of a kind. Many of us claim to be an artist, of sorts, and thriving in edgy art scenes -- ones infused with elements reflecting our diverse population. Everyone has their niche and personal preferences, and…
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Culture, Books Whodunit: SFSU Professor Joseph McBride Finds a New Angle on the JFK Assassination

Whodunit: SFSU Professor Joseph McBride Finds a New Angle on the JFK Assassination

Noted film historian, critic, and journalist Joseph McBride has quietly maintained a parallel career for decades. While he was writing acclaimed biographies of Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, John Ford, and Frank Capra, while he worked as a columnist and critic…
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Culture, Books Exotic Foreign Lands: Author Adam Johnson Went a Long Way to Research a Nation That Wouldn't Talk to Him

Exotic Foreign Lands: Author Adam Johnson Went a Long Way to Research a Nation That Wouldn't Talk to Him

Last year, no Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded, but that was 2012. This is 2013, "The Year of Adam Johnson," and the Pulitzer is just the most recent, prestigious accolade the Stanford professor's New York Times bestselling novel, The…
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Culture, Books The Real Fantastic: Of Dungeons and Day Jobs

The Real Fantastic: Of Dungeons and Day Jobs

In an age when the price of a movie ticket can get you three hours of hang-time in Middle Earth, fantasy worlds aren’t exactly at a premium. But stories that brush up against the truly fantastic, that capture anew some…
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Music, All Shook Down Groupie Lit: Sluts Are Great Writers, Jump-Offs Not So Much

Groupie Lit: Sluts Are Great Writers, Jump-Offs Not So Much

Groupie lit is getting around. Two recent publications bookend the extremes of this growing canon of female-authored works -- in other words, one's worth settling down with, while the other should be quit before it's hit. See Also: * Groupies,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Picks from S.F. Booksellers

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Picks from S.F. Booksellers

New York City might be home to the big houses, but this scrappy city just happens to be the epicenter of publishing on the Best Coast. Join Alexis Coe every Wednesday for Read Local, a series focused on books published…
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Culture, Books Travel Channeling: December Books Search for the Self

Travel Channeling: December Books Search for the Self

It's not an insult to the work of Swiss novelist/memoirist/archaeologist Annemarie Schwarzenbach that readers, in the decades since her death in 1942, have found her writing not quite as interesting as her life. After growing up in Zurich dominated by…
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Dining, SFoodie Hubert Keller Charms Omnivore Books Patrons Tomorrow Evening

Hubert Keller Charms Omnivore Books Patrons Tomorrow Evening

To be in the presence of witty chef and restaurateur Hubert Keller is to be instantly charmed. This is probably why the French expatriate can operate an elegant and timeless French restaurant (Fleur De Lys) at the same time as…
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Dining, SFoodie Revisiting <em>My Side of the Mountain</em> in the Locavore Era

Revisiting My Side of the Mountain in the Locavore Era

One of my favorite chapter books growing up was My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George's 1959 fable about a boy who runs away from New York City to the Catskills and lives off the land, aided by his…
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Culture, Books Found in Translation: Great Sci-Fi From AmazonCrossings

Found in Translation: Great Sci-Fi From AmazonCrossings

A laugh-out-loud apocalypse, a daft two-against-the-world love story, and a science-fiction satire of the godawful way advertising can cram everything but itself right out of our brains, Andri Snær Magnason's LoveStar (SevenStories Press, $16.95, 320 pages) is the rare novel…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Books for Surviving the Impending Apocalypse

Books for Surviving the Impending Apocalypse

2012. Judgment Day. The end of the Mayan calendar. If you've been sleeping under a rock for the past 2,011 years, the world is supposed to end on December 21, 2012. Either you've spent the last few years digging…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Great Books for Traumatizing Children

Five Great Books for Traumatizing Children

By Anna Westendorf Parents, take heed: If any of these books make their way across your child's bookshelf, the gifter may secretly hate your spawn. While most of these books, as a whole, are harmless children's fiction, they all…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Happy National Feral Cat Day!

Happy National Feral Cat Day!

Remember when being a crazy cat lady was an outsider thing reserved for shut-ins who wore turtlenecks and ankle-length skirts? Now, thanks to YouTube's viral cat charms and the ability to post and share videos of kitties running around in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Lois Lowry, Author of <i>The Giver</i> Reads Tonight

Video of the Day: Lois Lowry, Author of The Giver Reads Tonight

In another life, we taught high school English, which is a far tougher crowd than any you'll find at a Raiders game, let us tell you. Trying to get 14-year-olds to care about the Oxford comma is something we're glad…
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Culture, Books Virtual Worlds: A Few of This Season's Instant Classics

Virtual Worlds: A Few of This Season's Instant Classics

One of the few happy developments here at the end of all book culture has been the vigorous republication of out-of-print marvels by the New York Review of Books crowd under the imprint NYRB Classics. Among the mid-century delights they've…
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