One of the first times I had a real conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald was a couple of years ago at Mission Creek Café on Valencia Street in San Francisco. It was a Rumpus volunteer meeting—the site had no employees at that point—and he was trying to convince me to edit a massive transcript he was supposed to be sculpting into a zippy little interview for editor-in-chief Stephen Elliott....more
Posts Tagged: San Francisco
It’s always exhilarating to stumble on a bookstore in your own city that you never knew existed. Especially a bookstore that is curated specifically around the built environment, ecological sustainability and the intellectual cutting edge.
A bookstore that basically only carries remarkable titles....more
Just to let all discriminating book-buyers know: Rebecca Solnit’s new gorgeously-illustrated and highly-collaborative book, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas is out now at all independent bookstores....more
Wendy MacNaughton illustrates the story of the San Francisco Dolphin Club....more
“It has been nicknamed “the death of fun” — the idea that a once-playful (San Francisco) populace has in recent years turned into a phalanx of Gladys Kravitz-style meddling, whining neighbors.”
It’s with a lot of trepidation that I even mention the “death of fun,” as nothing can get a San Francisco resident more riled up than an argument over the future of our city....more
It’s something of a major milestone to keep an independent, used bookstore running for twenty-five years.
And that’s exactly what Phoenix Books in San Francisco is celebrating this month.
So as an Anniversary celebration and as part of Noe Valley Celebrates the Book, Phoenix is hosting some incredible authors this evening from six to eight p.m....more
For the next few days, with Canadian assistance, San Francisco continues its conquest of bad-assery.
Secret indoor gardens are the best kinds of gardens.
Architects wearing architect glasses. (Why does this exist?)
We bring you into the weekend with an official memo: TrustoCorp, The Rumpus hearts you....more
Just when I was starting to lose faith in my city of choice, they go and announce a trampoline park.
The New York Times wants you to be all about container gardens.
Meanwhile, in England, Cambridge celebrated its 800th year, as all dignified people and places do, with a rad light show....more
“San Francisco’s Marcus Books has long been a gathering place for African-American authors such as Maya Angelou. But last year, manager Blanche Richardson faced the realization that the 50-year-old bookstore might have to close, the victim of a mix of demographics and economics....more
If you live in San Francisco long enough, you start to wonder: “Where the hell can I go at 3 a.m. which isn’t home or a laundromat or a massage parlor?”
This simple question might balloon into a larger, perhaps more existential one: “Why does it feel like I need money I’ll never earn, a job I hate, a house I can’t afford and friends who only want to get shitfaced in order to have fun in this town?”...more
Dan and Stephen are both going to be out of town next week. It’s ok, we’ll make it through this.
A little hometown pride: San Francisco turning toxic site into UN Global Warming Center.
These things are sort of lame, but sometimes I just can’t help myself; Mona Lisa composed of thousands of coffee cups....more
One of the more anticipated summer novels of the season is also probably one of the longest, most disturbing and most intimidating: Imperial, William T. Vollman’s mammoth exploration of the U.S.-Mexican border in Imperial County, CA. Clocking in at about 1300 pages the hardcover edition will retail for $55.oo and probably take more than the rest of the summer to read, and more than two more winters to fully digest and appreciate....more
Back in Santa Cruz, I marveled at Ukulele Dick and Oliver Brown, maestros of ukulele songsmithing and quirk. But sometimes a song is not just a song. Sometimes it’s an extended, operatic adventure, more like an urban folk ballad, played by San Francisco musician Annie Bacon....more
In the current political crisis in Iran, the boldest tool, turns out to be civic technology. Iran has gone out of its way to block the BBC, Yahoo, mobile phone networks, foreign journalists, Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites during the election. What this has revealed is that the Iranian government is very sophisticated in blocking access to technology....more
An interview on New American Media with writer Richard Rodriguez has a fascinating take on what’s happening to American newspapers. Using the famously provincial San Francisco Chronicle as an example, Rodriguez says, ”I don’t think the Chronicle is dying so much as I think that San Francisco is dying.”...more