Thirty years of sister lovers: Big Star returns

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By Erik Morse

With the 30th anniversary of punk rock’s safety-pin Gotterdammerung now in full swing, the eponymous social reject-turned-successful-milquetoast might be goaded to drop a small fortune on all the era’s memorabilia and accoutrements in a moment of DIY nostalgia. Merchandise is teeming on record store shelves and label Web sites like the fungus and crabs that once multiplied in the putrid Chelsea Hotel. Read more »

Robert Reich speaks up: "Supercapitalism"

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Tim Redmond recently reviewed former labor secretary Robert Reich's new book Supercapitalism -- below, he talks to Reich about economics, industry, and the pervasive creep of new capitalism's moral degradations.

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Show of hands for Halloween Porta Potties

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CItizens for Halloween report that at the Police Commission hearing, Martha Cohen, who is coordinating Halloween for the Mayor's Office, indicated that the City might be willing to reconsider its decision to forbid portable toilets this year.

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If you would like toilets placed in the Castro on Halloween, C4H urges you to cont Read more »

The Sean Penn-Matt Gonzalez rumor

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Wokette's got this lovely nutty rumor that Sean Penn would give Matt Gonzalez $5 million to run against Gavin Newsom -- as a Democrat. SFist picked up, wondering if it's a joke.

Coupla problems with the item. First of all, Wonkette refers to Gonzalez as a "deputy mayor under Willie Brown," which would be news to both of them. Second, folks, the deadline for filing as a candidate for mayor passed quite some weeks ago. Read more »

More media conglomerate giveaways!

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

I noted on the front page in this morning's New York Times that the Galloping Media Conglomerati were making yet another major move to get more FCC giveaways before the Bush administration leaves office.

Click here to read New York Times article, Plan Would Ease Limits on Media Owners. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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San Francisco finds solution to Halloween, calls in Blackwater.

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Arnie takes over ferries, does Newsom take ferry?

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's calvacade zoomed past me today as I left Alameda island. Read more »

Trans Iran with Afsaneh Najmabadi

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Still from Daisy Mohr and Negin Kianfar's 2006 documentary "The Birthday," about sex changes in Iran

One of the weirder outcomes of combining fundamentalist religion with national governance is that you have the leader of your country say things like “There are no gays in Iran. Read more »

Lit: Lucy Corin's boundary issues

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In her story collection The Entire Predicament, author Lucy Corin investigates the unstable line between public and private life
By Amanda Davidson
lit@sfbg.com

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Dangling by one ankle in the front doorway of her house, the narrator of “The Entire Predicament,” the titular story in Lucy Corin’s new collection, regards the world from an upside-down vantage point. Read more »

It's Rick James's memoir, bitch

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By Todd Lavoie

"A lot of cats knew how to funk - that part was easy. But very few knew how to put that special vibe on their music. That's what I knew best."

Oh, I think I smell a Pulitzer! Read more »