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Culture, The Exhibitionist As McSweeney's Turns 15, Dave Eggers Is Surprised It Still Exists. Happy, Though.

As McSweeney's Turns 15, Dave Eggers Is Surprised It Still Exists. Happy, Though.

In association with our feature story this week, we asked former SF Weekly cartoonist and current McSweeney's overlord Dave Eggers some questions about his still-thriving company and about San Francisco's literary landscape. Here's what he said. Which people or institutions…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Read Local: The Stunning Images and Moving Testimony of McSweeney's <i>Refugee Hotel</i>

Read Local: The Stunning Images and Moving Testimony of McSweeney's Refugee Hotel

New York City might be home to the big houses, but this scrappy city just happens to be the epicenter of publishing on the Best Coast. Join Alexis Coe every Wednesday for Read Local, a series on books produced…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Read Local: McSweeney's Makes Children's Books Magical Again

Read Local: McSweeney's Makes Children's Books Magical Again

New York City might be home to the big houses, but this scrappy city just happens to be the epicenter of publishing on the Best Coast. Join Alexis Coe every Wednesday for Read Local, a new series focusing on…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tacos, LSD, and Jesus: <i>The Stranger</i> vs. <i>The Believer</i> Storytelling

Tacos, LSD, and Jesus: The Stranger vs. The Believer Storytelling

We're not sure how The Believer still has time to run a magazine, it seems so busy printing parties lately. From the rockin' Tumbeliever (Tumblr/Believer) celebration to the Calvin Johnson mixtape road show, you can anticipate any of their events…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Silent History for Interactive Readers: A Novel Concept

The Silent History for Interactive Readers: A Novel Concept

"She already looked half-dead on the drive to the hospital," the story begins, from the perspective of fictional Theodore Greene in El Cerrito. "But I wouldn't admit this until much later." Mel, Theodore's wife, is giving birth to Spencer, who…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Gideon Lewis-Kraus on Pilgrimage, Writer Jealousy, and Piss-Filled Mission Laundromats

Gideon Lewis-Kraus on Pilgrimage, Writer Jealousy, and Piss-Filled Mission Laundromats

Gideon Lewis-Kraus's A Sense of Direction is a mesmerizing and manic dispatch written before, after, and during three pilgrimages the writer began in 2009. In a kind of blissful, domestic purgatory in San Francisco, Lewis-Kraus exiled himself to Berlin.…
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Dining, SFoodie Lucky Peach Issue 3 Release Party

Lucky Peach Issue 3 Release Party

What: McSweeney's Food Quarterly Lucky Peach Issue 3, "Cooks & Chefs" Release PartyWhere: The hidden climes of Secret Alley, 180 Capp St.When: Tuesday, March 13th, 7-11 p.m.Cost: $8 for magazine subscribers, $12 for laypeopleThe Rundown: Esteemed local publisher McSweeney's has done…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What to Read in <i>McSweeney's 39</i>

What to Read in McSweeney's 39

As I've explained previously, by the time I get my McSweeney's update e-mail hyping the forthcoming issue, I'm chiding myself with "Shit. I still haven't read the last one." But thanks to a recent cramped Southwest flight, I have finished…
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Dining, SFoodie McSweeney's Lucky Peach Food Journal Throws a Party!

McSweeney's Lucky Peach Food Journal Throws a Party!

What: Lucky Peach Party Where: Heart When: Tue., November 15, 7-10 p.m. Cost: $12 The rundown: Lucky Peach, McSweeney's newish journal of food and writing, is throwing a party to celebrate the release of their second issue. The theme is…
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Dining, SFoodie Don't Worry About the Future of the Cookbook

Don't Worry About the Future of the Cookbook

Yesterday, the New York edition of Grub Street published a great essay by Hugh Merwin on the bright future of cookbooks, even as more and more readers are switching to e-readers and bookstores are flailing. Cookbook sales are still strong,…
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Dining, SFoodie Mission Street Food Is Back (for One Night)

Mission Street Food Is Back (for One Night)

Mission Street Food popup Where: Cookhouse, 253 Columbus (at Broadway) When: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m. Cost: $65 (includes Mission Street Food book and dinner) If you're like us and you miss Mission Street Food, there's a chance to revisit…
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Dining, SFoodie Reading David Chang's <i>Lucky Peach</i>, Relabeling Your Potato Chip Bag

Reading David Chang's Lucky Peach, Relabeling Your Potato Chip Bag

1. Lucky food geeks. This weekend, I had a chance to read through Lucky Peach, the new journal from Momofuku chef David…
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Dining, SFoodie Fetuses Found with Bt, David Chang Picks iPads Over TVs

Fetuses Found with Bt, David Chang Picks iPads Over TVs

Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Farming pays? According to an article in the Bay Citizen, despite a drought and a recession, California farmers earned record profits…
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Dining, SFoodie McSweeney's Taking Preorders for <em>Mission Street Food</em> Cookbook

McSweeney's Taking Preorders for Mission Street Food Cookbook

Last month we tipped you to the book Mission Chinese Food/Commonwealth's Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz were writing, Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant, to be published this summer by the new McSweeney's cookbook imprint. Today…
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Dining, SFoodie McSweeney's to Publish Mission Street Food Cookbook

McSweeney's to Publish Mission Street Food Cookbook

An article today in Publishers Weekly revealed that San Francisco-based published McSweeney's is launching a cookbook imprint. The first release will be a quarterly publication from Momofuku's David Chang, to appear as a 112-page print periodical and an iPad app,…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>Believer</i>-Approved Authors, Citay's Ezra Feinberg  and Birthday Cake Saturday at Amnesia

Believer-Approved Authors, Citay's Ezra Feinberg and Birthday Cake Saturday at Amnesia

For those of you who earperk at any erudite-sounding (or free) event, this one's for you: McSweeney's publishing house is putting on "An All-Acoustic Summer Festival of Language and Thinking" this Saturday at Amnesia.If the name isn't enough to…
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News, The Snitch Arrrrrrgh, Mendozer! It Be Yer Special Day!

Arrrrrrgh, Mendozer! It Be Yer Special Day!

While S.F. is lean on pirate history, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy International Talk Like a Pirate Day – today! By Joe Eskenazi (Pirate name: No-Eyes Ron) In June of 1995, the two rapscallions on the right decided…
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