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Calendar, Night&Day Word Play

Word Play

The Oxford English Dictionary has long been 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 to help define…
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Calendar, Night&Day Now Appearing: Practically Everyone

Now Appearing: Practically Everyone

During the run of Litquake, there’s sometimes a tendency (never by us!) to be timid in the early offerings, babying the reserves of literary interest for the madness of the fest’s closing night, Lit Crawl. Here’s a tip: Fear Lit…
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Culture, Books

October Book Events: Literary Happenings in San Francisco

Sunday, Oct. 9 This year's Litquake has possibly more author events per capita than any other literary festival ever. Here's one: Chris Adrian, who once re-imagined A Midsummer Night's Dream as a novel set in Buena Vista Park, reading from…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bad Trip

Bad Trip

The Blaskets are a small cluster of hilly islands in Ireland, where until recently villagers are said to have lived out their ancient ways without modern influences. Two old friends are there on a trip whose purpose is unclear. They’re…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Islanders: Word for Word Acts Out Andrew Sean Greer's Short Story at Z Space

The Islanders: Word for Word Acts Out Andrew Sean Greer's Short Story at Z Space

The Blaskets are a small cluster of hilly islands in Ireland, where until recently villagers are said to have lived out their ancient ways without modern influences. Two old friends are there on a trip whose purpose is unclear. They're…
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Calendar, Night&Day Marriage and the City

Marriage and the City

Andrew Sean Greer’s slim, delicate new novel, The Story of a Marriage, has a few head-slapping revelations that’ll make you rethink everything you’ve read. We’re not going to disclose them – the New York Times already did that. But careful…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Win!

You Win!

The National Book Critics Circle consists of nearly 800 book reviewers who present awards each year to the best books in five categories. Nearly 100 members hail from the Bay Area, so the NBCC has tapped S.F. to host the…
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Music, Reviewed

The Black Heart Procession

How long can one nurse a broken heart before the healing just has to kick in? In the case of the Black Heart Procession, almost a decade. For the past nine years, frontman Pall Jenkins has led his San Diego-based,…
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Culture, Books

The Confessions of Max Tivoli

By Andrew Sean Greer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2004), $23 If you can buy The Confessions of Max Tivoli's central thesis -- that the eponymous narrator was born resembling an old man and each year grows younger -- you'll probably…
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