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News, Bay View The Fanboy Crusade

The Fanboy Crusade

Almost as long as there have been comic books, there have been comic book fans playing a little game called Who Would Win? If at some point in your life you took comics seriously, you know how it works: Pick…
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Culture, Books

A Breath of Fresh Air

By Amulya Malladi Ballantine Books (2002), $23.95 Amulya Malladi's gemlike first novel has a provocative, almost absurd concept -- it's a love story framed by the horrifying Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India, in 1984. In the midst of…
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News, Feature

How dangerous is Al Qaeda in America?

          THE AL QAEDA THREAT: Recently, you may have read or heard about the case of Jose Padilla, a young American who rose through the management ranks at Taco Bell and was later captured for…
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News, Dog Bites

Read It and Weep

People have accused the San Francisco Chronicle of a variety of shortcomings, but there's little question it's a paper that knows its audience. In the Chron's June 11 edition, critic Steve Winn spun out a lengthy piece about how and…
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News, Dog Bites

The Olden Gays

Contrary to earlier reports, "Harold's Historic Homo Home Movies" will not be screening this Sunday as part of the Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. A selection of Super 8 films culled from the massive private collection of longtime San Franciscan…
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News, Feature The Endless Swimmer

The Endless Swimmer

People call Pedro Ordenes crazy a lot. It's an off-the-cuff sort of thing, a joke. But you wonder. Maybe the word comes up so often because Ordenes, who is 55 years old, has swum between San Francisco and Alcatraz Island…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Fortune Teller

The Fortune Teller

You may already be familiar with the oeuvre of San Francisco novelist Russell Rowland, though you may not know it. A few years back, Steven Yang, owner of local fortune-cookie maker M&Y Trading Service Co., went looking for somebody to…
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Culture, Books The Long  Way Home

The Long Way Home

Everything that's good and bad about West Coast literature is stuffed into the consignment rack of City Lights Bookstore. From hand-stapled zines to perfect-bound poetry collections to puckish comic books, these shelves are teeming with hundreds, if not thousands, of…
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News, Bay View Un-Orthodox Behavior

Un-Orthodox Behavior

"These are our files," says Cappy Larson, opening a desk drawer in the attic of her Haight District home. "Don't look closely." The drawer is stuffed with folders, neatly arranged. Inside, Larson says, are letters from the hundreds of people…
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News, Dog Bites

Sticky Situations

Sticky Situations "There's a very fine line between '"hobby' and '"mental illness,'" read the sign on Frank Bachenheimer's booth at the Cathedral Hill Hotel. Bachenheimer is an Illinois-based stamp dealer who understands that philately culture can be a bit ...…
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Culture, Books

Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering

By Wendy Lesser Houghton Mifflin (May 2002), $24 People are lousy readers. We keep hoping for that "perfect" reading, during which we gather deep meaning out of every line, but few people concentrate that well, and even fewer writers are…
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News, Feature What the Hell Is Copia?

What the Hell Is Copia?

"Mmmmmm!" We all say this at once. It's 11:30 in the morning, sunlight trickles through the trees and spills onto the Napa River, and what we're all trying to say is that the sheep cheese we've just eaten is divine.…
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News, Bay View Slow Movement

Slow Movement

The stunning news came at the beginning of this year. Well, maybe not stunning. Intriguing, perhaps. Or something -- it's hard to tell. But it was news enough to merit a press release, sent by a local fellow named Don…
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Culture, Books

Emporium

By Adam Johnson Viking (2002), $24.95 San Francisco author Adam Johnson's debut collection of short stories is populated with characters who are usually young, often confused, and always victims of circumstance. In "Teen Sniper" an adolescent boy struggles to reconcile…
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Film, Ordinary People

Ordinary People

On film, group sex tends to be the stuff of Russ Meyer flicks: A straight-laced fella runs into a harem of pneumatic women, the hot-tub jets fire up, some bad psychedelic music kicks in, and away we go. Reality, of…
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News, Dog Bites

Taxi Driver

When Peter Kirby, the independent filmmaker, sat down at a Tenderloin coffee shop recently to talk about his oeuvre, we expected him to cop an attitude about mainstream movies. "I like a lot of Kubrick and Scorsese," he explained a…
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News, Feature The Intimidator

The Intimidator

Chris White scares people. More specifically, Chris White scares darts players. Darts and fear don't seem as though they ought to go together; darts, after all, is a laid-back sport that's all but welded to hanging out in bars, drinking…
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Culture, Books

Radiance

Carter Scholz's brilliant and densely researched first novel is a dizzying glimpse into the world of nuclear weapons research. Set in a compound similar to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (here simply "the Lab"), the book tracks a coven of government…
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News, Dog Bites

The Butler Bellwether

On a sunny afternoon a little while back, we found ourselves inside the mansion of a wealthy Pacific Heights couple. How wealthy? So wealthy that we had to promise not to reveal their names. So wealthy that there was a…
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News, Feature Organ Failure

Organ Failure

Walking inside the massive pipe organ at Temple Emanu-El in Laurel Heights, organist John Fenstermaker is trying to be careful. He crouches as he moves under the low wooden railings that secure rows of wood and metal pipes, and he…
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