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Shelf Life: Considering a Minor Sampling of the City's Literary Produce

City Lights Howl and Other Poems, by Allen Ginsberg. This Beat-era cornerstone, an anguished ecstatic vernacular lament of social and political conformity, was first published in 1956 and never goes out of style. The End of San Francisco, by Mattilda…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Painted Ladies

The Painted Ladies

William T. Vollmann is, of course, the man who brought us an exhaustive, seven-volume examination of violence, Rising Up and Rising Down, based on more than 20 years of research. Mr. Big Issue (let’s not forget 2007’s also-large Poor People)…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Balls on This Guy

The Balls on This Guy

Some of you miss the days when William T. Vollmann was simply the poet of the misplaced and misdirected in our little back alley, before he conquered the world and came back bearing gifts like his seven-volume, 3,000-page-plus treatise on…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Mildred Fierce

Mildred Fierce

THURS 11/20 Christmas Eve, 1944. Despite the violent abuse that Christina Crawford claimed was a near-constant occurrence in the Joan Crawford household, mother, daughter, and brother Christopher are all smiles for a live holiday radio broadcast from their Brentwood home.…
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Culture, Stage Epitaph


"I wrote Nocturne as a monologue," said playwright Adam Rapp to the Boston Herald not long ago, "because I thought it would be harder to reject a play that only requires one actor." Well, it worked. The American Repertory Theater…
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