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Calendar, Night&Day Orchestrating Murder

Orchestrating Murder

"Sometimes, an accident can be an unhappy woman's best friend." This quote comes from Stephen King's 1992 bestseller, Dolores Claiborne. In the story (one of King's few that does not deal with the horror in the supernatural, but rather…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Stephen King's Operatic Side: Adapting the Horror Writer for the Opera

Stephen King's Operatic Side: Adapting the Horror Writer for the Opera

Poet J. D. McClatchy enjoyed the process of adapting Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne for the opera stage. "It's interesting material, and it's a challenge," said McClatchy, who teaches English at Yale. "That's what any writer likes most -- it…
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Calendar, Night&Day Can't Beat It

Can't Beat It

Not terribly long ago, supermodel Bar Rafaeli was on the cover of Esquire, naked, save for words from Stephen King's cover story about the recession. The two, arguably, had nothing to do with one another, which begged the question: If…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Sweet Face of Evil

The Sweet Face of Evil

Any overeducated, Prius-driving, lefty cultural elitist worth his daily $10 coffee drink knows that America spent eight catastrophic years in the grip of a wicked puppet named W. The privileged faux-Texan flaunted his village idiocy, not caring whether people knew…
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Culture, Stagecap

"The Shining: Live": Theater Review

Catching a show at the Dark Room is a crapshoot. The theater feels like something that might be in a trailer park or the back of a bowling alley, complete with cheap chairs and a stage that's no bigger than…
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Culture, Bookcap

December Book Events: "Is the Book Dead? High Tech and the Written Word," Michael Medved, Norman Podhoretz, Dave Eggers, San Francisco Panorama, Writers with Drinks at the Make-Out Room

Thursday, Dec. 3 If panel discussions aren't dead, then neither are books, dammit. Consider "Is the Book Dead? High Tech and the Written Word," a panel discussion, which caps the biannual members' meeting at the Mechanics' Institute Library tonight. Jew…
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Calendar, Night&Day They’re Also for Reading

They’re Also for Reading

If you’re the kind of person whose pulse quickens when you handle an early Hemingway, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair will probably kill you. It will also make you depressed: There’s nothing like wading through a sea of first…
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Film, Condensation Nation

Condensation Nation

As one of what novelist Stephen King calls his Constant Readers, I was as jazzed as every other monster-lovin' geek when word came that filmmaker Frank Darabont was making a movie of King's classic novella, The Mist. Cynics suggested that…
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Film, Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel

Mike Enslin, the travel writer played by John Cusack in 1408, could use a better travel agent. Every hotel room in which he finds himself booked is said to be occupied by the ghost of some suicidal creep or a…
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Film, Girl Trouble

Girl Trouble

By now, for masses of believers in mad Korean pulp as it has been epitomized by Park Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy, the blood-on-alabaster-skin montage behind the credits of Park's new Lady Vengeance portends a familiar dynamic. Exercises…
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Culture, Stage Novel Gazing

Novel Gazing

There are few things that Stephen King hates more than adverbs. In his part-memoir, part-manual On Writing (2000), the best-selling author expresses his deep misgivings about that part of speech. King believes that a writer's need to qualify a sentence…
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News, Dog Bites

Looking for Mr. Goodbucks

In case you haven't looked up in a while, the four Embarcadero office towers have started to remind us – with their 17,000-plus white lights outlining huge, cereal box-like perimeters – that the winter holidays are inching closer by the…
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Gender Bent

It takes a special kind of mind-set to celebrate castration, and audiences confusing feminine empowerment with the crude hacking off of seemingly oppressive huevos are certain to get a bang out of Girlfight, the gritty debut feature from writer/director Karyn…
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Film, A Quality Year

A Quality Year

In Albert Brooks' summer comedy The Muse, a ravishing daughter of Zeus -- in the person of Sharon Stone -- gives a burned-out Hollywood screenwriter a fresh jolt of inspiration. For a price. Brooks' desperate scribbler must first lavish Tiffany…
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Film, Instant Karma

Instant Karma

Have you ever endured a relationship in which your partner beat you up mercilessly, just so he could "heal" you and play the redeemer later on? Granted, that's a weird question and perhaps one better explored via Akbar and Jeff…
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The Devil Made Him Do It

Apt Pupil Directed by Bryan Singer. Written by Brandon Boyce, from the novella by Stephen King. Starring Ian McKellen and Brad Renfro. Opens Friday, Oct. 23, at the Century Plaza, the AMC 1000 Van Ness, and the Kabuki. When Stephen…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): War! Famine! Pestilence! Earthquakes! Crime! Scandal! Those storytellers known as "journalists" love and thrive on the nihilistic vision of the world captured in screaming headlines like that. But they're not the only fabulists who do so.…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): I was having trouble finding the right oracle for you. After getting inconclusive results from my astrology charts and tarot cards, I decided to try videomancy, a not-very-ancient form of divination I invented. "What advice should…
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