Posts by: Charles Kruger

The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #33: Solstice Soul Song

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Today I write on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. As someone who has been influenced by not a few pagan practitioners and Wiccan wonder workers, along with more conventional priests and monks of various religious varieties, I am attuned to the turning of our planet in the cosmos.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/21–6/27

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Wednesday 6/21: Cuban writer Achy Obejas (The Tower of the Antilles—our June book club pick!), currently Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College, reads from her forthcoming story collection. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

Charif Shanahan, Nancy Patrice Davenport, André Le Mont Wilson, Andrew J.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/14–6/20

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Wednesday 6/14: Alex Dimitrov (Together and By Ourselves, Copper Canyon Press) and Randall Mann (Proprietary: Poems, Persea Press). Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Christopher Bernard presents his new book Chien Lunatique, along with poets Keith Ekiss and Clara Hsu.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #32: Make the Soup

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I am meditating. In a room in Rodeo, at the rickety old secretary/dresser I use as a desk. It is by a window. I look out at the roadway, and think I am glad to live at a crossroad. The house across the street is silver grey.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/7–6/13

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Wednesday 6/7: Jess Arndt reads from her short fiction debut, Large Animals. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Robert Hass, Douglas Manuel, and Charles Hood read from, discuss, and sign their latest works. Free, 7 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #31: Pulling the Trigger on Father’s Day

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June is an ambivalent month for me.

As a child it meant the start of summer vacation, and weeks spent at my grandparent’s beautiful beach home in Hyannisport. This was wonderful because it meant spending time with my siblings and seven cousins, a houseful of children of all ages, and loving—even adoring—grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/31–6/6

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Take note: The Bay Area Book Festival is this weekend, June 3 and 4, in downtown Berkley. It is an epic event.

Wednesday 5/31: Litquake presents a panel of women authors under the heading “Such a Nasty Woman: Female Authors Respond to Trump.” The discussion will be moderated by journalist Vanessa Hua and includes Christina Garcia, Jewelle Gomez, and Kate Schatz.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #30: Walk On

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This Tuesday was, by no means, a good news day. The night before was the tragedy in Manchester, England, at which a suicide bomber killed children at a pop concert.

But, sad as it is, that is not the story that moved me, on this beautiful Tuesday, to tears.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/24–5/30

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Wednesday 5/24: David Brazil celebrates the release of Holy Ghost, his  third full-length collection. He will be in conversation with Julien Poirier, co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Claire Dederer (Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses) celebrates the release of Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning, in conversation with Peggy Orenstein.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #29: Poetry Is an Affliction

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On Thursday night, May 25, an amazing event will take place outside a BART train station in the Mission District of San Francisco, as it has every Thursday night for the past fourteen years.

If you were to pass by, you might not even notice what is taking place.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/17–5/23

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If you can make only one event this week, don’t miss the Oakland Book Festival on Sunday, 5/21. This all-day festival features more than 100 writers, 50 panels, and lots of tabling and networking. And, The Rumpus will be there!

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The Storming Bohemian Punks The Muse #28: Let’s Do Dinner

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Dinner party! Now that the garden is starting to look nice, and the cats are becoming less feral and more civilized, and Klopnik has begun to change (occasionally) out of his gardening clothes, the  Storming Bohemian’s thoughts turn to socializing on the patio.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/10–5/16

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Wednesday 5/10: San Francisco Chronicle lead theatre reviewer Lily Janiak hosts a panel of playwrights published by the local EXIT Press, featuring Allison Page, Aren Haun, Martin Schwartz, Stuart Bousel, and Terry Baum. Highly recommended if you are interested in theatre.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #27: Spring Is Sprung

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It is springtime for sure in the house of The Storming Bohemian and Argyle C. Klopnik. All day, every day, Klopnik digs his garden. Our once-chaotic backyard is now a richly soiled pile of black, with a section of lawn and some brick pathways, terraces, and several rose bushes a-blooming.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/3–5/9

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Wednesday 5/3: James Nolan (Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy) reads at City Lights. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Paul Madonna presents his newest work, On to the Next Dream. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #26: Love Is the Ultimate Trip

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My day job is driving on the ride sharing platform, Lyft. Several years ago, I retired from teaching school to devote myself to writing and painting and lived off savings until I couldn’t. Four years ago, I started driving Lyft so I wouldn’t have to take a straight job and could focus on my creative work.

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Notable San Francisco: 4/26–5/2

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Wednesday 4/26: Notable Spanish writer Andrés Barba is promoting the publication of Lisa Dillman’s translation of his novel Such Small Hands. This translation is the inaugural publication of Transit Books, a nonprofit publisher of international and American literature based in Oakland.

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Notable San Francisco: 4/19–4/25

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Wednesday 4/19: Lyrics & Dirges presents “Spring in Translation: Poets on Translation,” featuring Norma Cole, Javier O. Huerta, Alex Cigale, Arceli, Terry Taplin. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown Berkeley.

Marcy Dermansky discusses her new book, The Red Car, with Daniel Handler.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #25: Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, a Success?

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In America, everybody, it seems, wants to be a success. Me, too.

Recently, I confided to a family member that sometimes, in moments of deep despair (fortunately they are fairly uncommon), I find myself contemplating suicide as the most sensible retirement plan.

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Notable San Francisco: 4/12–4/18

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Wednesday 4/12: Douglas Kearney reads for for UC Berkeley’s Holloway Series in Poetry. Free, 6:30 p.m.,  UC Berkeley, Hearst Field Annex.

Joyce Carol Oates presents A Book of American Martyrs at Moe’s in Berkeley. It’s always a treat to encounter this author!

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #24: Must I Be an Angry April Fool?

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When I attended professional acting school back in 1986 (the MFA program at UC Irvine, I proudly remark), I had a teacher ask me once, “Charles, are you able to feel any authentic emotion other than anger?” I paused for a bit and considered the question, before answering, truthfully, “No.

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Notable San Francisco: 4/5–4/11

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Wednesday 4/5: The theme for tonight’s “Inside StoryTime” is “Chagrin.” Featured writers are Ethel Rohan (The Weight of Him), Jon Sindell (Family Happiness), Peg Alford Purcell (Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow), Amy Berkowitz (Tender Points) and Christine No.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/29–4/4

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Wednesday 3/29: Poet Larry Beckett (Beat Poetry) considers the poetry of the San Francisco Renaissance of the 50s as literature. Free, 7 p.m., The Beat Museum.

USF’s Emerging Writers Festival features Vanessa Hua, Sam Sax, and Mike Salise.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #22: Poverty Is Never “Genteel”

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Poverty may have been beloved of St. Francis, but not so much by the rest of us. Nobody likes to look at advanced poverty, toothless and drooling, clutching the hands of children who have running sores on their filthy legs. Poverty is a crackhead who pisses on the pavement, and sleeps with fleas and stray dogs.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/22–3/28

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Wednesday 3/22: Kick off spring 2017 with an unusually large array of choices for a Wednesday night:

Graham Foust is featured at the Holloway Reading Series at the University of California, Berkeley. Free, 6:30 p.m., Hearst Field Annex, Room D37, UCB.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #21: Not Yesterday’s Demonstrations

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1972: War was waging in Vietnam and kids were coming home in boxes. Hippes and yippies went clean for Gene McCarthy, but George McGovern won the democratic nomination. Tricky Dick Nixon was the one for the Republicans and the so-called Silent Majority.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/15–3/21

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Wednesday 3/15: Paul LaFarge (The Night Ocean) is interviewed by Daniel Handler. Fans of H. P. Lovecraft will be intrigued. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park .

Joan Frank (All the News I Need, winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction) is interviewed by Peg Alford Purcell.

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