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Culture, The Exhibitionist More Mercy, Fewer Victory Dances: Chatting With George Saunders

More Mercy, Fewer Victory Dances: Chatting With George Saunders

When George Saunders’ daughters were young, he would tell them stories at night with a little girl (often slightly misunderstood) as the heroine, trying to work her way through things. Sometimes, she had a dopey younger brother who took…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Write Stuff: Curt Anderson on Republican-on-Republican violence

The Write Stuff: Curt Anderson on Republican-on-Republican violence

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen where authors give exclusive readings from their work. Curt Anderson's first collection of poetry, The Occasionist, was recently released by Hip Pocket Press. His poems have appeared in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Macondray Lane Paves the Path for <i>Tales of the City </i>

Tourism for Locals: Macondray Lane Paves the Path for Tales of the City

After 40 years of entertaining readers and viewers with the adventures and tragedies of Anna Madrigal, Mary Ann Singleton, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, and other characters; Armistead Maupin, creator of the Tales of the City series, is ending the series…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Final <i>Tales</i>:  Q&A with Armistead Maupin on Concluding his Iconic San Francisco Series

Final Tales: Q&A with Armistead Maupin on Concluding his Iconic San Francisco Series

Armistead Maupin refuses to be the old fart who bickers about San Francisco not being what it used to be, even after chronicling it for nearly 40 years. What started off as a set of weekly installments in The…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Robert Caro Asks Us to Share His Obsession: <em>The Years of Lyndon Johnson</em>

Robert Caro Asks Us to Share His Obsession: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

One of the fun things about Robert Caro's massively ambitious four-volume (so far) biography of Lyndon Johnson is the way the author invites readers to share in his obsession with our 36th president. Filtering vast research through a skilled, vivid…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Exile Nation</i> Examines the U.S. Drug War From Behind Bars

Exile Nation Examines the U.S. Drug War From Behind Bars

For most of us, the inside of a jail or prison is a mythical, albeit unpleasant, holding ground for those deemed by the state unfit to coexist with the rest of society. What we never really know is what it's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist You Think Tantra Is Just for Marin Yuppies? Well, <i>Urban Tantra</i> Is for Everyone Else

You Think Tantra Is Just for Marin Yuppies? Well, Urban Tantra Is for Everyone Else

Certain people seem to live several lives in the one lifetime that they are given. Barbara Carrellas is one such person. Carrellas started her career on Broadway. In 1982 Carrellas was a general manager, her show Nine won five Tonys…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cheryl Strayed's <i>Wild</i> Is a 2nd Skin for the Soul

Cheryl Strayed's Wild Is a 2nd Skin for the Soul

Cheryl Strayed is a motherfucking heart surgeon. Her new memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, is the wound. But it's also the healing, and it's also the raw, muscular pulse of human triumph.I've followed Strayed's work…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist One Writer's Quest to Find (People Having) Sex in the Library

One Writer's Quest to Find (People Having) Sex in the Library

I've seen my share of salacious flap copy, but a friend's promotion of the forthcoming novella she edited for Harper Collins, Lust in the Library, caught my attention: "Some like it hot, and some like it in the reference section."…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Hotel in a Bottle</i> Performance Mimics Murikami's Literature, Takes Us to "the Other Side"

Hotel in a Bottle Performance Mimics Murikami's Literature, Takes Us to "the Other Side"

Last Saturday we got sucked into a television set. We were walking through the lobby at CounterPULSE and somehow fell through to the other side. Luckily, we spent our time experiencing a sneak-preview of the supersurreal multimedia dance performance Hotel…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist History Overlooked: Actress Hedy Lamarr Helped Invent Valuable Radio Technology

History Overlooked: Actress Hedy Lamarr Helped Invent Valuable Radio Technology

Hedy Lamarr may be best remembered as the glamorous, scandal-plagued star of such hits as White Cargo and Samson and Delilah. But there's a largely forgotten aspect to Lamarr's life that's much more compelling: The Austrian-born actress, alongside avant-garde composer…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Developer Jane McGonigal Says Video Games Can Change the World -- for the Better

Developer Jane McGonigal Says Video Games Can Change the World -- for the Better

In her book Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How they Can Change the World, game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal makes the case that video games reduce unhappiness in players, hone their critical thinking skills,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Kim Jong-il Dies Just in Time for Adam Johnson's Novel About North Korea

Kim Jong-il Dies Just in Time for Adam Johnson's Novel About North Korea

It might seem like slightly odd timing to release a novel that includes a fictionalized narrative by Kim Jong-il, seeing that the self-described "Dear Leader" of North Korea recently died. Then again, maybe it's the best time. The specter of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lawrence Ferlinghetti Still Knows How to Command a Room

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Still Knows How to Command a Room

It's hard to think of any living person more representative of the spirit of San Francisco than Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This is the man who co-founded City Lights as a bookstore as well as a publishing house, who stood trial on…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist R. Crumb Says He Regrets Doing <i>Genesis</i>, a Project Taken Apart in <i>The Comics Journal</i>

R. Crumb Says He Regrets Doing Genesis, a Project Taken Apart in The Comics Journal

"Four fucking years later and hundreds of hours of labor, and it barely seems worth it. ... It was a dumb decision. ... I think any good comic illustrator worth his salt could've pretty much done the same thing I…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Six Most Literary Drugs

The Six Most Literary Drugs

The people who think writers are simply gifted at wielding words are the same people who think the Beatles were sober when they dreamed up the concept for Sergeant Pepper. So we're gonna let those folks in on a little…
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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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Dining, SFoodie SF Cocktail Week Highlight: The Thinking Man's Drunk

SF Cocktail Week Highlight: The Thinking Man's Drunk

San Francisco Cocktail Week returns next week (May 13 - 19) with a whole slew of very cool booze-centric events scattered around some of the city's finest watering holes, and while it's hard to choose a favorite from the…
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Music, All Shook Down

The Hipster Harry Potter Midnight Sale: SF Weekly Dons Cape, Whiskey Bottle

"... “It’s good that America reads ..." By Frances Reade The parties at Borders may have been bigger and ritzier, but we decided to check out Modern Times bookstore’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows release party on Friday…
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