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Culture, The Exhibitionist How Dennis Lehane Went From Hardback to Hollywood

How Dennis Lehane Went From Hardback to Hollywood

The odds of getting your novel published are slim. The probability of reaching The New York Times Best Sellers List several times over is even slimmer. The odds of having not one, but multiple novels turned into critically acclaimed, high-grossing films…
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Dining, SFoodie Eat, Drink, and Be Literary: Experience Litquake at Its Most Erudite and Exquisite

Eat, Drink, and Be Literary: Experience Litquake at Its Most Erudite and Exquisite

Who says you can’t read about cake and eat it too? As San Francisco gears up for its 16th annual Litquake — a weeklong festival of literary wonder that fosters an interest in literature for readers and writers of all ages…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Litquake, Day 4: Brautigan Tribute and Porchlight Storytelling

Litquake, Day 4: Brautigan Tribute and Porchlight Storytelling

This is part of our daily guide to the 15th annual Litquake festival, which you can read more about here. What follows is a guide to day four, Monday, Oct.13: Litquake is out of the first weekend and going strong,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Litquake, Day 3: The Best American Nonrequired Reading and Barely Published Authors

Litquake, Day 3: The Best American Nonrequired Reading and Barely Published Authors

This is part of our daily guide to the 15th annual Litquake festival, which you can read more about here. What follows is a guide to day three, Sunday, Oct.12: We asked Daniel Handler what to expect at the launch…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Litquake, Day 2: San Rafael and Drivel Book Launch Party

Litquake, Day 2: San Rafael and Drivel Book Launch Party

This is part of our daily guide to the 15th annual Litquake festival, which you can read more about here. What follows is a guide to day two, Saturday, Oct. 11: Ever so sneakily, Litquake has essentially decided to not…
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Culture, Stage Growing Up: Don't Miss These Readings at the City's Biggest Literary Bacchanal

Growing Up: Don't Miss These Readings at the City's Biggest Literary Bacchanal

Fifteen years ago, Litquake was just a twinkle in the eye of local writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware. But what once was a single-day reading series in Golden Gate Park with just 22 authors has blossomed into a sprawling…
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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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Culture, The Exhibitionist Book-Pocalypse Now! A Lit Crawl Survival Guide

Book-Pocalypse Now! A Lit Crawl Survival Guide

By Sam Prestianni Lit Crawl is the ultimate proving ground for San Francisco writers and readers. It's the highlight and closing ceremony of Litquake's nine-day mega-celebration of words that fly off the page, a Mission pub crawl for bookworms en…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Don't Panic: We've Planned the Busiest Weekend Ever For You

Don't Panic: We've Planned the Busiest Weekend Ever For You

For a city that prides itself on being a cultural epicenter, we sure freak out when there's more than one big event happening in a weekend. The San Francisco Calendar Crisis of 2012 has reached such epic proportions that Mayor…
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Dining, SFoodie Prime Your Palate for Litquake's Food Events

Prime Your Palate for Litquake's Food Events

Every year, Litquake brings together a veritable orgy of events for writers and readers, and anyone whose soul is a little bit thirsty for some literary juice or a chance to worship at Dave Eggers' feet. This year there are…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Audio Tour to Find "Everywhere Man" Unfolds as Narrative Rather Than Sight-Seeing Trip

Audio Tour to Find "Everywhere Man" Unfolds as Narrative Rather Than Sight-Seeing Trip

Tourists in San Francisco surely have taken, collectively, tens of millions of photos of the city -- especially its most tourist-laden areas such as the cable cars and Fisherman's Wharf. And in the background of many of these photos exists…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lit Crawl: The Cerebral Orgy That Takes Over Minds and Bodies in the Mission

Lit Crawl: The Cerebral Orgy That Takes Over Minds and Bodies in the Mission

Without your map Saturday night, you're nothing. What's that you say? You know your way around? You've lived here a whole year? You have a smartphone? Forget it. It's not smart enough. Saturday night is Lit Crawl, the intellectual orgy…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Litquake's Writers in Recovery: "All of My Artistic Heroes Were Addicts"

Litquake's Writers in Recovery: "All of My Artistic Heroes Were Addicts"

A group of people filed into a large room. Seven of them got up in front of the crowd and told stories about their addictions and the terrible things they did. Most of the stories were true. Deeply confessional. Brutally…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Appearing at Litquake Starting this Weekend: Practically Everyone

Appearing at Litquake Starting this Weekend: Practically Everyone

During the run of Litquake, there's sometimes a tendency (never by us!) to be timid in the early offerings, babying the reserves of literary interest for the madness of the fest's closing night, Lit Crawl. Here's a tip: Fear Lit…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cabaret Bastille's Memorable Moments: High Costumery, Joyce Read Loud -- and Dog Porn

Cabaret Bastille's Memorable Moments: High Costumery, Joyce Read Loud -- and Dog Porn

Cabaret Bastille at Cellspace was almost a smashing good time. I admit I am disproportionately delighted by parties with costume themes, and there were some glorious vintage and vintage-inspired get-ups at this Litquake event on Thursday. Yvonne Michelle Cordoba (and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Literary Figures of the Left Bank Come to Life at Litquake's Cabaret Bastille

Literary Figures of the Left Bank Come to Life at Litquake's Cabaret Bastille

Historic queer icon, art world catalyst, and Bay Area native Gertrude Stein is enjoying posthumous adulation for her role in modern art history. SFMOMA's current exhibit showcases her (and her family's) game-changing art collection in "The Steins Collect," and the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Regreturature: Hear Authors Read What They Should've Destroyed

Regreturature: Hear Authors Read What They Should've Destroyed

Some of us, in the heat of a break-up in our 20s, may have deleted the electronic folder that held all of our writing during a hysterical, bleary-eyed dive into self-destructive behavior. We thus crafted much bigger regrets than a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Literary 12-Step: Poet Charles Kruger Attended 90 Arts Events in 90 Days

The Literary 12-Step: Poet Charles Kruger Attended 90 Arts Events in 90 Days

100 Profiles: SF Weekly interviews 100 people in San Francisco arts and culture.No. 97: Charles Kruger Maybe you ascribe to the idea of art for art's sake. But what about art for life's sake? Such is the credo of Charles…
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Music, All Shook Down Litquake's Bawdy Storytelling: Tales of Fake Rape, Rejection as Foreplay, and Seduction By Muppet

Litquake's Bawdy Storytelling: Tales of Fake Rape, Rejection as Foreplay, and Seduction By Muppet

Bawdy StorytellingOctober 6, 2010@ The Blue MacawBetter than: Reading a dirty bookSix storytellers flanked by half-naked clowns - and one cop/clown hybrid - engaged in group therapy with about 200 sexy brainiacs last night at the Blue Macaw.Personal narratives included…
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Music, All Shook Down Over the Weekend: Writers Issue Candid Sexuality and Sardonic Raunch at Quiet Lightning

Over the Weekend: Writers Issue Candid Sexuality and Sardonic Raunch at Quiet Lightning

​Quiet Lightning @ the Elbo Room June 4, 2010 Better than: Reading the latest vampire novel at home, alone. Last fall, Evan Karp made a name for himself on the local lit scene by reviewing nearly every event in the…
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