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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recent Acquisitions: 40 Years Later, We Still Have Much to Learn From the Stanford Prison Experiment

Recent Acquisitions: 40 Years Later, We Still Have Much to Learn From the Stanford Prison Experiment

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. The Stanford Prison Experiment was originally intended to last for two…
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Culture, Books Tortured: Coming to grips with the War on Terror

Tortured: Coming to grips with the War on Terror

Just because the subtitle of San Francisco writer Justine Sharrock's book was changed from "How Our Cowardly Leaders Abused Prisoners, American Soldiers, and Everything We're Fighting For" to "When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things" doesn't mean it has lost its…
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News, The Snitch Chevron's Prince of Darkness

Chevron's Prince of Darkness

By John GeluardiThe Chevron Corporation has exposed its pestilent underbelly by hiring William J. Haynes II, a Department of Defense attorney who compiled lists of violent interrogation techniques for shadowy U.S. detention centers. Chevron hired Haynes on as its chief…
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Calendar, Night&Day Buy Into It

Buy Into It

Starting today, looking up at billboards might make you feel ennobled and spiritual and suffused with the sense that, dammit, we’ve got a shot in this crazy world after all. No, you haven’t become a capitalist. You’re just looking at…
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Film, Get Out of Jail Free

Get Out of Jail Free

It's been 20 years since Errol Morris made The Thin Blue Line, a found "noir" that served to free an innocent man convicted of murder. Gathering evidence and dramatizing testimony, Morris' movie circled a single, unrepresentable event — the death…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bombs Bursting

Bombs Bursting

Artist Kara Maria's paintings are filled with explosions of color, laid down in bold brushstrokes, blocks, swirls, and repeating patterns. The competing hues overwhelm the canvases, and they scream sex, bombs, guns, and sometimes birds. They do so because within…
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News, Feature

Doc Block

An acquaintance who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq says he has no use for documentaries about George W. Bush's bungling of the War on Terror. He has not and will not see a single one of the movies made…
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Sympathy for the Devil

PARK CITY, Utah -- Ten days of terse texting among professional narcissists working on little or no sleep in one of the last cold spots left on Al Gore's inconvenient Earth: Welcome to Sundance '07, where wounding homefront melodrama Grace…
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News, Infiltrator

My Life Is a Musical

Let's face it, our world is going to hell quicker than you can say, "Abu Ghraib prison scandal." With the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, not to mention the breakup of Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, what would make the…
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Music, OK Then

Protest Song

Abu Ghraib. Um, what happened there? I mean, I know what happened, but what happened next? So Charles Graner Jr., the "ringleader" of the abuses, was recently sentenced to 10 years in a military prison, his former girlfriend Lynndie England…
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Culture, Stage

Not About Nightingales

From allegations of misconduct against prisoners of war at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo to the approval of Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest plan to overhaul California's penitentiaries, the U.S. prison system is coming under more scrutiny these days than it has for…
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Culture, Books

After by Claire Tristram

Given its slimness, I thought there might not be much to After, the 194-page debut novel from journalist Claire Tristram, who covers politics, science, and culture for such publications as the New York Times and But I was wrong.…
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