Posts Tagged: San Francisco

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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London bookstores are turning off Wi-Fi access, hoping to keep buyers focused on books rather than the net.

African-American bookstore Marcus Books is returning to the Fillmore District in San Francisco after being forced out of its previous home of three decades over rising rents.

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The Rumpus Interview with Ranbir Singh Sidhu

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Ranbir Singh Sidhu discusses his new novel, Deep Singh Blue, growing up in rural California, and the privileged, problematic world of publishing. ...more

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On Playing Games, Productivity, and Right Livelihood

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One week last spring I said it out loud for the first time: “Sometimes I play so long, my fingers go numb.” ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with William Hjorstberg

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William Hjorstberg talks about his new book, the heady writing days in Livingstone, Montana, being a "Hollywood whore," and the finer points of Richard Brautigan. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Cole Swensen

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Cole Swensen, author of fifteen collections of poetry, discusses her work, walking, and her recent travels. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A Buffalo bookstore owner was the target of an FBI investigation for more than two years, and now he wants to know why.

Can independent bookstores survive in the state that gave us Antonin Scalia and Tony Soprano?

San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood will not, after all, be a bookstore-free zone.

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Plankton (A Body of Stars)

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Plankton either grows into something other than plankton—a strong swimming non-planktonic adult, like a crab or a fish, or it stays the same—forever drifting with the shifting tides. ...more

New Album from Sonny Smith

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Sonny Smith’s latest record SEES ALL KNOWS ALL is a monologue in album format about a San Francisco that sadly seems to be disappearing. If you are familiar with Sonny & the Sunsets, you won’t be surprised that Sonny’s latest album has dream episodes, hallucinogenic trips, spaceships, romanceall darkly funny and sweet, in a disturbing sort of way.

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Guildtalk #3: Lori Ostlund

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For our ongoing Authors Guild series, Lori Ostlund speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo about what it means to live a literary life in the 21st century. ...more

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Wanted/Needed/Loved #5: Sonny Smith’s Skate Zine

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In one way or another we all tell stories to ourselves about who we are. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Zarina Zabrisky

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Zarina Zabrisky talks about her new book, Explosion, the art of the short story, Russia and Ukraine, and being "a Jewish pessimist in the spirit of Shalom Aleichem." ...more

This Week in Posivibes: The Mantles

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The Mantles have been a significant fixture in San Francisco’s music since 2007, and their recent release, All Odds End out on the Bay’s Slumberland Records, is their third full length album in the last six years. A great example of the way that the moniker “garage” doesn’t do justice to the music coming out of San Francisco, The Mantles deliver wonderfully controlled jangly pop, perhaps even better than ever on the new record.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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The Canadian bookstore that discovered a hundred-year-old photo album has solved the mystery of the photos’ origin. They belonged to an Edmonton man born in 1919.

San Francisco is a city filled with bookstores, and SF Weekly takes a look at some of the best.

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The Rumpus Interview with Christopher Moore

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Christopher Moore discusses his latest book, Secondhand Souls, the permanence of place in San Francisco, Michael Bay’s take on marine biology, and why everyone from Shakespeare nerds to goth teens trusts him to deliver laughs. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Mary Karr

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Mary Karr talks about her new book The Art of Memoir, the perception of memoir from a "trashy" form, the virtues of poetry, and the complexity of truth-telling. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Adam Johnson

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Pulitzer Prize–winning author Adam Johnson talks about his new book, Fortune Smiles, fiction and voice, veterans and defectors, solar-powered robots and self-driving cars, and infrared baseball caps that can blind security cameras. ...more

A Library of Temporary Things

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The Prelinger Library in San Francisco is small—just three shelves of volumes. But it’s the unique collection of ephemeral that defines this collection. Megan Prelinger founded the library eleven years ago as an attempt to “catalogue items not meant for posterity.” Hoodline takes a look inside this small library and the collection of trade periodicals, maps, monographs, and even government studies.

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The Saturday Rumpus Review: Little Minnie at the Movies

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Being a teenager sucks. It’s not pretty or nice or sweet or kind. ...more