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Music, At the Zoo With Antwon

At the Zoo With Antwon

We're watching the sea lions when Antwon begins to get sad. It's a pleasant Wednesday afternoon at the San Francisco Zoo, and the larger and more rotund of the two sea lions is out by the side of his enclosure's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rapid-Fire Readings

Rapid-Fire Readings

For almost 40 years, Heydey Books has been dedicated to the cultures of California, and its annual New California Writing series collects some of the best work published in literary journals, magazines, novels, and newspapers. To celebrate this year’s release…
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Calendar, Night&Day Strayed but Not Lost

Strayed but Not Lost

Cheryl Strayed is a motherfucking heart surgeon. Few who have read her can claim they haven’t been touched by her writ-ing in some profound, life-altering way. From her frank, evocative Dear Sugar advice column on the literary website The Rumpus…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Talking with '80s Sweetheart and New Author Molly Ringwald About Her Debut Novel

Talking with '80s Sweetheart and New Author Molly Ringwald About Her Debut Novel

This summer, a friend and I were watching Sixteen Candles in Dolores Park where a group of girls on the blanket next to us would not shut their faces. People were shooting them contemptuous looks the same way Molly Ringwald's…
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Music, John Darnielle: Mountain Goat, American Idol

John Darnielle: Mountain Goat, American Idol

"I'll tell you a very funny story," John Darnielle says. This is probably not the first funny story he's told today. Nor will it be the last. Today is a publicity day for Darnielle. When it's over, he will have…
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Culture, Stage Humor in sorrow: The illogic of loss in "God's Ear"

Humor in sorrow: The illogic of loss in "God's Ear"

The trouble with sudden death is that it often makes zero sense. When people unexpectedly drop out of your life for good, you can't make sense of their absence. You entertain fantasies that they'll reappear as suddenly as they left.…
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Culture, Books Fess Up

Fess Up

If you had to define yourself in just a few words, which ones would you choose? The question reminds me of those magazine ads for, I don't know, diamonds or insurance or something that showed a photo of a woman…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Asia Alive

Asia Alive

FRI-SUN 2/6-8 Watching the British version of Antiques Roadshow always makes me feel like a greenhorn. The U.S. Roadshow has oil paintings from the 19th century, aluminum toys from the '50s, maybe the odd silver-plated something from the old country.…
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Calendar, Night&Day American Pie

American Pie

Every generation needs a mouthpiece, someone who hits the nail on the head regarding the excesses of his contemporaries. Following in the footsteps of Douglas Coupland (Generation X), Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero), and Jim Carroll (The Basketball Diaries),…
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wednesday september 25 Novel Approach The pain of consciousness is author Joan Didion's specialty, from her short story "Migraine," an excruciatingly descriptive account of a killer headache, to her essay collections Democracy and The White Album, which revealed exposed nerve…
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Anchors Awry

Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne are a pair of marquee names in American letters, but as a screenwriting team their days are numbered -- or ought to be. For producer/director Jon Avnet's new movie, Up Close and Personal, they…
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