Gabriel Mindel Saloman

Dark days, indeed

Not sleeping with Religious Knives
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It used to be that staying up late was a real form of rebellion. An easy test of parental authority for kids, the act takes on an almost anti-capitalist character for young adults. After all, so-called nightlife doesn't even begin until the 9-to-5 business day has locked its doors. Yet Capital has caught on, and it's hard not to see the slippery transition from Happy Hour to late-night diner as just another set of cogs on the gear. Read more »

Year in Music: Long walk home

Reconnecting with the Boss
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Years ago I ended up at a San Francisco Water Department dinner with my father and an old neighborhood friend, eating in the back hall of a half-century-old Italian restaurant in the Excelsior. The room spilled over with thick-armed men who were union, white, and not bad-off and from whom I learned a thing or two about old San Francisco family names and accents that tell you if someone is from the Richmond, the old Castro, or Balboa. Read more »

Bitch's brew

All women, all noise - meet 16 Bitch Pile-Up
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San Francisco is full of a bunch of pussies. I'm sorry, it's not that I want to say these things. I feel strongly that a woman's vagina should never be used to describe something weak or negative. In fact I tend to correct people who use that word in such a way, being that I am shamelessly p.c. Read more »

Can't, she said

Noise artist Jessica Rylan projects her feminine might
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It would be hard to imagine a more painfully ironic moniker than Can't. It's a name of self-negation, self-defense, and self-defiance. A name that instantly speaks of limitation and deprivation, it revels in its view of the personal-as-political prisoner. The social constraints of gender, sex, love, genre, freedom, and artistic and financial success all hang off of that name like handcuffs on a policeman's belt. Read more »