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
Posts Tagged: San Francisco
For Playboy, Alexandra Kleeman (You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine) interviews Colin Winnette. On writing his most recent novel Haints Stay, Winnette says his process was like “spending a year or so in my own private Western.” On his short story “Whereabouts,” also published in Playboy, Winnette tells Kleeman, “I’m always interested in the ways that assuming you have the ‘best intentions’ can really fuck things up.”...more
Readers! Crawlers! People who can read and crawl! Join us at the Make-Out Room in San Francisco at 8:30 p.m. this Saturday, October 15. The Rumpus will be hosting the final event of this year’s Lit Crawl festival, which brings the Bay Area’s best writers together for one overwhelming night of literary madness....more
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....more
A Buffalo bookstore owner was the target of an FBI investigation for more than two years, and now he wants to know why.
San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood will not, after all, be a bookstore-free zone....more
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, romance—all darkly funny and sweet, in a disturbing sort of way....more
Riding my bicycle over the Manhattan Bridge, I see the city, instead of scuttling beneath it. And it is beautiful. Parks. Markets. Blossoms. People. Dresses. Pavement. This city is alive and full of wonder and I am just one lost person in it, but I wouldn’t want to be lost anywhere else.
Tonight, comedian Nato Green—who just joined us for our S.F. LitCrawl event—is hosting a live stand-up comedy showcase with comedians Will Durst, Kate Willett, Kelly Anneken, Josef Anolin, Natasha Muse, Dash Kwiatkowski, and Shanti Charan.
The event will be held at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco....more
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....more
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....more