Posts by: Charles Kruger
In my last column, the Muse inspired me to write about dreams. And since then, I’ve been thinking about other types of altered consciousness. As a guy who often hangs out with Catholic monks, and who practices “Will Rogers spirituality”—that is, I’ve never met a religion I didn’t like—I take an interest in miracles and myths of all sorts, and the season of Christmas, Chanukah, and the winter solstice (the pagan Yule), which all speak of the miraculous arrival of light in darkness, is a good time to reflect on such matters....more
Friday 1/6: Jon Sindell launches his new book of stories, Family Happiness. Participants in this event include Kyrsten Bean, Michael Crabtree, Steven Kacsmar, Lynn Mundell, and Sandra Wassilie. Free, 7 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon.
Saturday 1/7: Aggregate Space Gallery and Featherboard Reading Series will celebrate five years of literature and art with a Small Press Book Fair featuring Bootstrap Press, Nomadic Press, Featherboard Writing Series, SpeCt!...more
Do you keep a dream journal?
I started as a teenager, and continue on-and-off.
Sometimes I can’t tell the difference between a dream and a memory. Does this happen to you? Or am I confessing to something strange and pathological? Where is the line between pathology and creativity?...more
It is year’s end and a time for holidays.
Some folks will leave town, some will stay home and drink egg nog while others abstain, some will exchange gifts, some will get happy, some will get depressed. But few will schedule or attend literary events in the SF Bay Area, and we have little to list until after 12/25 has passed, and then, but one event....more
Oh better far to live and die
Under the brave black flag I fly
Then play a sanctimonious part
With a pirate head and a pirate heart!!
–The Pirates of Penzance
At fifteen years old, I was a runaway. It was perhaps 9:30 at night, my first night out, having hitchhiked a couple of hundred miles north towards Tallahassee, when they rushed me to the emergency room from the teen center where I’d gone to look for a crash pad....more
Wednesday 12/14: McSweeney’s presents Emily Carr (Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, or a Sonnet). Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.
Thursday 12/15: Poet and “political researcher” Peter Dale Scott reads....more
Wednesday 11/30: City Lights celebrates the publication of the magazine, Freeman’s: 2: Family: The Best New Writing on Family, from Grove Press. Editor John Freeman will be on hand. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.
Thursday 12/1: Novelist (Exiles) and short story writer Cary Groner reads for Story Hour at the Morrison Library at UC Berkeley....more
It’s a slow week for events, so we can all take a deep breath for reflection, then plunge back in this weekend. Thank you for visiting The Rumpus and helping to keep our communities alive and lively.
Saturday 11/26: Come hang with the East Bay crowd at Saturday Night Special, where participants will get down with the theme of “surreal.” Hugh Behm-Steinberg will be a featured reader....more
Sunday: I work through the voting guide, propositions, and candidates, making my decisions. My partner, Argyle C, Klopnick (ACK!), is sure, now, that Hillary’s victory is certain. I ‘m not yet a believer. I think Trump is electable.
Monday: I’m catching the excitement....more
Wednesday 11/16: Readers at Lyrics and Dirges will focus on the theme of gratitude. Featured: Harold Terezon, Marguerite Munoz, Norma Smith, Mickey Ellinger, Josiah Luis Alderete, and Tongo Eisen-Martin. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown.
Thursday 11/17: Michael McClure celebrates a new collection of poetry: Mephistos and Other Poems....more
Oh my god, I’m stuck again. A truck in the muck. A cat up a tree. An explorer in quicksand. Winnie the Pooh in the door of Rabbit’s house. Trying to birth a column and needing a Caesarean. Is there any horror worse for a writer than a deadline?...more
Julia Scott interviews Peter Orner for the San Francisco launch of his new book of essays, Am I Alone Here?, which is described by the publisher as “notes on living to read and reading to live.” Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith....more
The small town where I have recently landed is ugly and beautiful. Walk down the main street: there are a few old gems like an ancient and glorious Masonic Hall, now home to evangelicals. Several boarded up stores, ugly as can be, and some small town cafes: one for Giants fans, specializing in breakfast, pancakes and pennants all over the joint, one Mexican taqueria, one family pasta palace with red and white checkered table cloths and cheap chianti, and an old-school diner for burgers....more
All Week: Litquake! This week is the San Francisco Bay Area’s literary “week of weeks.” It’s time for “Litquake,” the largest festival of its kind west of the Mississippi. The event features readings by hundreds of authors and is attended by upwards of 15,000 audience members....more
One recent hot weekday afternoon, I told my partner—the guy who created the “Punk the Muse” logo and draws its cartoons—that I wanted to get out and about. We’d been sitting at home too long. Moon’s Handbook for Northern California revealed an abandoned mine, with a ghost town and an old Western cemetery, a half hour’s drive from our home by the Carquinez Bridge....more
Wednesday 9/28: Fans of “”Shipwrecked,” Booksmith’s notorious performance series in which notable authors compete for bragging rights by writing shocking fan fiction based on well-respected works, will be pleased to learn that an anthology is being released: Loose Lips. The book party will include an edition of “Shipwrecked” featuring The Princess Bride....more
Wednesday 9/21: Don’t miss the 52nd Annual Fall Book Sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Half a million books and media for $3 or less per item, with all proceeds benefitting the library. On Sunday, prices drop to $1 per item....more
Wednesday 9/14: Alex Dolan (The Euthanist) reads at the launch of his newly released novel, The Empress of Tempera. Mr. Dolan contributes significantly to the SF writing community as a member of the Executive Committee for Litquake. This event will be the only San Francisco promotion for this new work....more
Your Storming Bohemian is emphatically a child of the early 70s. At fifteen, I lived in a hippie commune under the guidance of an eccentric psychologist, later diagnosed as bipolar. All I knew is, he was hella fun. Dr. Bill wasn’t the sort to make a fuss about school attendance, regular hours, pot smoking, or style of dress (or undress, for that matter)....more