Literature

Cult fiction

Introducing Taylor Stevens, your favorite new thriller author — whose own story has some twists

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arts@sfbg.com

LIT I read a lot of thrillers. Mysteries, murder, international intrigue, weird pulp crime ... I've been addicted since I was in high school and discovered John D. McDonald, Alistair McLean, and Trevanian. These days, I live by James Patterson, Michael Connolly, Robert B. Parker, Janet Evanovich, Lee Child, and John Lescroart.Read more »

Burn this culture

"I didn't want to write a love letter": Steven T. Jones talks about his new book on Burning Man

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Back to the streets

The Mission and the revolution, as lived and told by Roberto Vargas

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Coronel knew an old man in Granada who said

(who often said):

"I wish I were a foreigner, so that I

Could go home

— Zero Hour, Ernesto Cardenal

I first came into contact with the work of poet Roberto Vargas a couple of years ago, when I saw his face, projected several stories tall, on a wall just off Valencia Street.Read more »

Crazy like a Mission homeboy

Barrio Bushido author Benjamin Bac Sierra reveals his code

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caitlin@sfbg.com

LIT Benjamin Bac Sierra, San Francisco City College English composition and literature professor and author of Barrio Bushido, an ode to Mission District vato locos, picks me up in his cherry red-and-black 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo low rider. As an academic who started selling weed in the Army Street projects when he was 10, Bac Sierra is well aware that he has an attention-getting car. As it turns out, it nicely represents his world view.Read more »

Eat, pray, defend chick lit

Elizabeth Gilbert isn't as lame as you think

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caitlin@sfbg.com

LIT I read Eat, Pray Love a while ago, and I'm nervous to tell you that I liked it. Ever since bottle blonde Julia Roberts assumed her best worried-kitten face for the book's film version, no self-respecting lit snob would ever admit to having enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's account of her year of finances-be-damned travel, healing from divorce, and fulminations on the belabored pursuit of love.Read more »

Page street

YEAR IN LIT: A small assortment of Bay Area book highlights from 2010

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Rebecca Solnit's Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (University of California Press, 158 pages, $24.95) is one of the best ideas a writer has come up with in a long time. By combining private and public support, Solnit was able to give away portions of the atlas in full-color, full-spread map handouts. (My favorite tracked both famous/infamous queer public spaces and the migration of butterflies throughout the city.). Read more »

Mirrors and masks

In praise of the art book during a Kindle era

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Nan on Jean

WRITERS ISSUE: Bay Times "Straight Talk" columnist Nan Parks reviews the first book by the Onion's Jean Teasdale

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arts@sfbg.com

WRITERS ISSUE So this is my very first book review ever (!) unless you count the book review I had to do in school on The Yearling, so bear with me because I'm a beginner. But anyway the title of the book is A Book of Jean's Own (St. Martin's Griffin, 288 pages, $14.99) and the author is Jean Teasdale who lives in an apartment somewhere with her husband Rick and her two cats, one was named Garfield which I'm guessing she took from the comic strip and I forget the name of her other cat. You'll find out if you read her book!Read more »

It's not easy being an arrogant know-it-all

WRITERS ISSUE: An excerpt from The International Homosexual Conspiracy

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arts@sfbg.com

WRITERS ISSUE Having to constantly suffer the company of the ignorant, it's difficult to suppress my condescension. After all, I know about obscure music and books that few others know of and this makes me superior.Read more »

Moving portraits

WRITERS ISSUE: Left in the Dark illuminates San Francisco's movie-going past

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