Wow! SF is expensive!

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The Chronicle has discovered how expensive it is to live here. I have exactly one thing to say:

Years and years of refusing to promote affordable housing -- refusing to enact effective rent control, allowing evictions to go on without effective limits, building housing for the rich and not the rest of us -- has come back to haunt San Francisco.

And on all of those battles, the Chronicle was on the wrong side.

Cornell trio: three cubed views

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Cuckoos, kindred spirits, flying machines, and Lauren Bacall all crop up in Joseph Cornell's shadow boxes, windows into his exquisitely finite yet infinitely malleable world, now on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. We asked three Guardian writers to piece together a few thoughts on the boxes that resonated.

JOSEPH CORNELL: NAVIGATING THE IMAGINATION Through Jan. 6, 2008. Mon.–Tues. and Fri.–Sun., 11 a.m.–5:45 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.–8:45 p.m.; $7–$12.50 (free first Tues.). Read more »

Nuns of the Above

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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence make the archbishop squirm

I stopped going to Mass the minute I got my drivers license. Read more »

Wee butts a-Wogglin'

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By Duncan Scott Davidson

If they could bottle the Woggles, the world wouldn’t need anti-depressants.

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The wriggly Woggles

I arrived at 12 Galaxies not exactly depressed, but just having one of those decidedly non rock and roll, rapidly-approaching-middle-age moments: fuck, it’s late. I’m tired. Read more »

Come as you are Kurt Cobain biographer Michael Azerrad: On "Kurt Cobain: About a Son"

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By Sean McCourt

As singer, songwriter, and frontperson for Nirvana, Kurt Cobain helped lead a musical revolution in the early 1990s whose effects on popular music and culture are still felt today. Yet after his death in 1994 at the age of 27, he continues to remain a figure somewhat shrouded in mystery. The new film Kurt Cobain: About a Son aims to show a more personal side of the gifted musician, told in his own words.

Director A.J. Read more »

Martians for Fred

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Who knew the scramble of the Republicans for the White House in 2008 would yield such icky comedy? Read more »

Making naked pretzels

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By Justin Juul

I heard about this Naked Yoga thing via my part-time gig at going.com where I have to scan websites and magazines looking for quirky festivals, art openings, open-bars, etc. When I find a good event, I do a little write up, find a good image to accompany the text, and then I post the whole thing on the site. It sounds like a pretty easy job, I know, but it’s always hard to find things that haven’t already been posted by another stringer. Read more »

Alex Ross brings the noise

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New Yorker critic Alex Ross surveys the many faces of 20th-century classical music
By Max Goldberg
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“In the classical field it has long been fashionable to fence music off from society, to declare it a self-sufficient language,” Alex Ross writes in the preface to his new opus, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century. “In the hyper-political twentieth century, that barrier crumbles time and again.... Read more »

Ken Garcia is right!

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Wow, never thought I'd write that sentence.

But Garcia picked up on a story today that I've been following, too, and he's got the point basically right: A property owner whose case is coming up tomorrow before the Board of Appeals claims that Clear Channel tried to shake him down, demanding he accept a lousy contract -- and when he didn't, the company pulled a billboard off his building and made sure that he could never lease the space to anyone else.

The building owner, Cheon Hool Lee, isn't exactly an impoverish Read more »

Whack-a-Murdoch

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This is really brilliant.