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Culture, The Exhibitionist We Talk Self-Hatred with Anneli Rufus, Author of <i>Unworthy</i>

We Talk Self-Hatred with Anneli Rufus, Author of Unworthy

"I'm a total idiot!" How many times have you said something like that when you can't find your keys? Or consider "I'm such a buffoon!" Have you used that one when you accidentally knock over your water at dinner? Or…
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Calendar, Night&Day A TARDIS in Every Driveway

A TARDIS in Every Driveway

Whether it's science fiction (Asteroid, Mad Max, The Hunger Games) or science fact (global warming, nuclear arms, a pregnant Kardashian), the future can look downright scary. It can also look pretty cool – android housekeepers, "smart cars" that avoid collisions,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lord, Have Mercy!

Lord, Have Mercy!

Sundays in the deep South were once governed by something called "blue laws" (and for all we know they still are). On the Christian (er, Protestant) sabbath, retailers were forbidden from selling liquor – and most were prohibited from being…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Road to Ordinary

The Road to Ordinary

Grant Petersen has been called a “retro-grouch” on the subject of bicycles. That’s a label usually slapped on curmudgeonly types who resist newer (some would say better) ways to do things. Petersen gets a pass on this one, though, because…
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Calendar, Night&Day Deconstructing a Family Tragedy

Deconstructing a Family Tragedy

Marilyn Pittman came from what she considered a normal Midwestern family. Her parents had been married 50 years. Her dad was a World War II veteran, and her mom was a poet who’d edited her college yearbook. Pittman had become…
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Calendar, Night&Day Our Streetlight Imaginations

Our Streetlight Imaginations

Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a pioneer in the business of bookselling (City Lights was the nation's first all-paperback retailer), and he turned the literary world on its head by publishing the likes of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, Burroughs, Bukowski, and himself among…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Said It

You Said It

The digital age promotes communication. (We’re more connected than ever.) The digital age inhibits communication. (We form superficial relationships and hide behind virtual selves.) We love our smartphones. (We could not live without them.) We hate our smartphones. (We wish…
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Calendar, Night&Day Something Must Break

Something Must Break

A handgun. Vengeance in a small town. A game of chance to decide who dies. Feel like laughing? Sure — when tension runs this high, everything is comically absurd, especially when the cast members themselves don’t know who among them…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sex in Black and White

Sex in Black and White

Between them, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Susie Bright have probably edited or written 100 books relating to sex, and contributed to almost as many publications or websites. (We started to count but stopped when we reached “a lot.”) So if…
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Calendar, Night&Day Holding the Bag

Holding the Bag

Keith Lowell Jensen hates Chicago. But he has a reason. He spent a night in jail there after being caught with a handgun in the airport. But it wasn’t his gun. Unknown to Jensen, the gun was in his friend’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels

San Francisco bicyclists face constant battles. Rain. Hills. Rainy hills. Cars with outraged drivers. Jaywalkers wearing headphones. FiDi workers on cell phones. Agitated skateboarders. Overloaded bike racks. BART at rush hour. Muni, ever. Haight Street when the bars are open.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Judge Not

Judge Not

Vaughn Walker did what federal judges occasionally do: He was appointed by a Republican president (George H.W. Bush), but he’ll forever be known for at least one ruling that clearly favors a liberal mindset (declaring unconstitutional Proposition 8, which prohibits…
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Calendar, Night&Day Quick Look at Forever

Quick Look at Forever

Any gay or bisexual man will tell you that finding a quick hookup with another man in San Francisco (or anywhere in the world, really) is so easy it runs right through comical and stops somewhere in the middle of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Naked Is the New Black

Naked Is the New Black

I read it for the articles. That was a common defense of men who were caught with Playboy magazines in past decades. Although sometimes it wasn’t true and probably never taken seriously, it was a valid defense: Playboy had a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Salvation Spoken Here

Salvation Spoken Here

In late 2010 we attended a reading we’ll never forget. We didn’t know it, but a madman was about to take the stage. Except he didn’t take the stage. He hopped down off it, and immediately a dozen people rushed…
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Calendar, Night&Day Expose Yourself to Activism

Expose Yourself to Activism

Hippies loved the Volkswagen van. It represented rebellion and counterculture. Yet one afternoon we sat behind a VW van -- on a bicycle, at a stop light -- that spit out more exhaust than an old diesel Muni bus. We…
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Calendar, Night&Day Thought for Food

Thought for Food

“Food addiction.” On its face it sounds absurd -- like maybe “air addiction” or “water addiction.” How can we be addicted to something we need to survive? It’s not like tobacco or alcohol, which some of us might enjoy but…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Is How the World Ends

This Is How the World Ends

Ron Garrigues takes a subtle approach to the most vexing of issues: overpopulation, destruction, and extinction. A person might call his artwork gruesome — especially some of his bronze sculptures. But that same person would also have to call the…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Low Road

The Low Road

It took filmmaker Terry Zwigoff nine years to make the documentary Crumb, about the underground comic artist of the same name. Zwigoff was broke, suffering chronic back pain so bad it made him contemplate suicide, unable to get investors interested…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Body Can&rsquo;t Lie

The Body Can’t Lie

Seeing a dance choreographed by Holly Johnson is like going to a Tennessee Williams play where the actors have forgotten how to speak and instead deliver their lines through movement. Her latest piece, Want, which has its world premier this…
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