Literature

Strive to fail

What new books by Chicken John and Reverend Billy have to say to the young occupiers in our streets

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steve@sfbg.com

LIT As I watched Occupy Wall Street grow and spread to other cities in recent weeks, I've been alternating between reading two books by familiar figures — a pair of fearless entities that have helped pry open public spaces using the simple weapon of creative expression — and I'm struck by the lessons they offer at this strangely hopeful moment in our history.Read more »

Shakin' spines

From Rowdy Roddy Piper to metaphor jugglers: some irreverent picks for Litquake 2011
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marke@sfbg.com

LIT Once again, the raucous, two-week Litquake festival is set to liquidate our shores with the mighty crack and crash of living language. Dazed authors and reeling poets will grace our lesser known alleyways; literary agents and bookstore owners will awaken satisfied on the curbs of our better sex clubs. Kindles will be hijacked, asses will be signed. Some actual writing may get done.Read more »

Addicted to print

Pop-up store Scanners celebrates the thrill of used-book salvage

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Write what you know

Will Viharo lives, breathes, and bleeds pulp fiction

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The man, the myth, the legend

Grant Morrison explores better living through comics in Supergods

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LIT To comics cognoscenti, Grant Morrison is something of a superhero himself. He is the scribe behind such subversions of comics convention as the avant-garde super team adventures of Doom Patrol and the confoundingly, sinisterly cartoonish Seaguy. But he's also taken on the heavy hitters, from Batman to the X-Men, winning new fans and pissing off purists in the process.Read more »

Bright on

Dyke porn pioneer Susie Bright opens up with Big Sex Little Death

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3348 with a bullet

The pulp future of James Boice's The Good and the Ghastly

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arts@sfbg.com

A name like writer James Boice's no doubt washes up waves of adulation. His partner-in-assonance is a certain modernist master whom Boice, at 29, surely knows something about. The Good and the Ghastly (Scribner, 288 pages, $25), a wicked new novel, is the kind of towering bildungsroman-cum-crime fiction carnival that is both entertaining and well-crafted — something we've come to expect from writers like Chuck Palahniuk, but don't usually get these days.Read more »

Shaking the city

Chris Carlsson's new book takes on the legacy of 1960s SF

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arts@sfbg.com

LIT Activist, writer, and fast-talking leftist public intellectual Chris Carlsson, cofounder of the monthly bike happening Critical Mass, spearheads the online local history repository Shaping San Francisco. I recently spoke with Carlsson about Shaping SF and his associated projects, including three collections of cultural and political essays published by City Lights Books, the most recent of which, Ten Years that Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978, will be released June 15.Read more »

'AMERICA' the beautiful

An open letter to Glenn Ligon

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arts@sfbg.com

LIT/VISUAL ART Dear Mr. Ligon,

I'd like to begin this letter with an apology.Read more »

A better tomorrow

Will Alexander seeks a unified-all-inclusive art theory in Compression & Purity

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