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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tacos, LSD, and Jesus: <i>The Stranger</i> vs. <i>The Believer</i> Storytelling

Tacos, LSD, and Jesus: The Stranger vs. The Believer Storytelling

We're not sure how The Believer still has time to run a magazine, it seems so busy printing parties lately. From the rockin' Tumbeliever (Tumblr/Believer) celebration to the Calvin Johnson mixtape road show, you can anticipate any of their events…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: The Surprising Decline in Violence

Video of the Day: The Surprising Decline in Violence

Conventional wisdom states that when you take the long view, the arc of history is brutal. We live within a weird historical blip, some aberrant time of relative luxury and safety. But is this really the case? In his 2011…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Don't Panic: We've Planned the Busiest Weekend Ever For You

Don't Panic: We've Planned the Busiest Weekend Ever For You

For a city that prides itself on being a cultural epicenter, we sure freak out when there's more than one big event happening in a weekend. The San Francisco Calendar Crisis of 2012 has reached such epic proportions that Mayor…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Literary Douchebag-Fools Pantheon

Video of the Day: Literary Douchebag-Fools Pantheon

When Brett Easton Ellis began reading D.T. Max's Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, he got the howling fantods. He took to his Twitter, calling DFW "the most tedious, overrated, tortured, pretentious writer…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Porchlight Celebrates 10 Years of Storytelling

Porchlight Celebrates 10 Years of Storytelling

For my money, there's nothing greater than the simple act of hearing someone tell a story. The direct route from their mouth to my ear. That beautiful little journey of audible transmission is becoming a lost art. These days, we…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Word Nerds Rejoice! Game Night at The Booksmith

Word Nerds Rejoice! Game Night at The Booksmith

The Oxford English Dictionary has long been known as the definitive record of the English language. Not as well known, however, is the book's fascinating history. The OED took 70 years to put together, and relied heavily on volunteers…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance: The Dream Will Not Be Deferred

Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance: The Dream Will Not Be Deferred

Maybe when you think of the '20s all you see are long cigarettes, fringe, and flappers, but it was a time fraught with rampant racism and severe economic depression. Despite (and perhaps because of) the conditions, the Harlem Renaissance…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Get Lit with The Believer and Tumblr This Saturday

Get Lit with The Believer and Tumblr This Saturday

How Should a Person Be? is the title of Sheila Heti's new book, and the answer is, "They should start by being at the Make-Out Room this Saturday for one sexy, lit-ted out mashup brought to you by Tumblr and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Rosecrans Baldwin Blows Past Romanticism to Find the Unlovely and Bizarre in Paris

Rosecrans Baldwin Blows Past Romanticism to Find the Unlovely and Bizarre in Paris

Paris. The name alone carries heft. It's where an artist dreams of legitimacy, and it has existed as such in the popular imagination for a long time -- perhaps too long. Paris couldn't possibly sustain itself as it did for…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist An Incendiary Life Remembered: Lenore Kandel, a Strong Female Voice Among the Beats

An Incendiary Life Remembered: Lenore Kandel, a Strong Female Voice Among the Beats

Lenore Kandel was explosive -- she was the only woman to give a speech at the 1967 Human Be-In, became immortalized by Jack Kerouac in Big Sur, and just like her buddy Allen Ginsberg, had a pamphlet of her work…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Ferlinghetti/Ferlinghetti</i> Depicts Far-Reaching Influence of Poet, Activist, Publisher

Ferlinghetti/Ferlinghetti Depicts Far-Reaching Influence of Poet, Activist, Publisher

Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a pioneer in the business of bookselling (City Lights was the nation's first all-paperback retailer), and he turned the literary world on its head by publishing the likes of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, Burroughs, Bukowski, and himself among…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Teens Cover Prostitution, Parental Infidelity, Cancer -- and Hope: Youth Speaks Poetry Slam Finals

Teens Cover Prostitution, Parental Infidelity, Cancer -- and Hope: Youth Speaks Poetry Slam Finals

It was a huge mistake to forget to bring tissues to the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam Grand Slam Finals over the weekend at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium. Expectations of being dazzled by the stunning wordplay and vocal deliveries made…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Wired</i> Gadgets, Geico Cavemen, Bart&oacute;k, and Alice Walker: It's Pop-Up Magazine

Wired Gadgets, Geico Cavemen, Bartók, and Alice Walker: It's Pop-Up Magazine

Can you envision a "live magazine?" How about an event that combines the best parts of your favorite magazine, like great writing, unusual and illuminating topics, and beautiful, challenging images, with the spontaneity, ephemerality, and added sensory elements such…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Geek Love, Geek Sex, Geek Worship -- In Other Words, a Typical Writers with Drinks

Geek Love, Geek Sex, Geek Worship -- In Other Words, a Typical Writers with Drinks

The big thing you need to know about the monthly series Writers with Drinks is this: Arrive super early, maybe even an hour before, for your chance at a stool or a booth. The Make Out Room is a pretty…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mike Doughty and His <em>Book of Drugs</em> Promise No Apologies

Mike Doughty and His Book of Drugs Promise No Apologies

Mike Doughty will be at the Swedish American Hall on Tuesday, but don't expect any Soul Coughing. He's in town to promote his new memoir The Book of Drugs. If the book about some rough years is consistent with Doughty's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Where's the <i>Best Sex Writing 2012</i>? Rachel Kramer Bussel and Susie Bright Educate Us

Where's the Best Sex Writing 2012? Rachel Kramer Bussel and Susie Bright Educate Us

Between them, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Susie Bright have probably edited or written 100 books relating to sex, and they've contributed to almost as many publications or websites. (We started to count but stopped when we reached "a lot.") So…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sister Spit Covers Sex, Sondheim, <i>Valencia</i> on Film, and Angry Monkeys from New Jersey

Sister Spit Covers Sex, Sondheim, Valencia on Film, and Angry Monkeys from New Jersey

"I've been thinking a lot about Adrienne Rich," began the legendary queer author Dorothy Allison. The crowd was hushed, the silence nurturing reverence. "I've been thinking about the stories we all share." Allison's Southern cadence rolled off her tongue as…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lies and the Literary Liars Who Tell Them -- A Live Version of Balderdash

Lies and the Literary Liars Who Tell Them -- A Live Version of Balderdash

For word-lovers there can be no greater bluffing game than Balderdash. Originally a Victorian parlor game known as the Game of Dictionary, the rules are little changed: Competitors submit their own definition of an obscure word and accumulate points by…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Religion for Atheists</i>' Alain De Botton Shuns Fundamentalism -- From Both Sides

Religion for Atheists' Alain De Botton Shuns Fundamentalism -- From Both Sides

"The Atheist and the Believer" is a tale as old as time, and a controversy as relevant this election year as ever. But author, philosopher, and entrepreneur Alain De Bottom proposes a middle ground and asks questions that blur the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sarah Vowell: America's Missionary-Style Foreign Policy Is Like an Invasive Tree Species

Sarah Vowell: America's Missionary-Style Foreign Policy Is Like an Invasive Tree Species

Author (and former SF Weekly columnist) Sarah Vowell really has a lot to say about the role religion has played in American life. Her previous book, The Wordy Shipmates, is about New England Puritans, while in her most recent, Unfamiliar…
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