Posts Tagged: SF Weekly

On Growing Up in the Orgone Box

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In January, we posted about an SF Weekly interview, equal parts fascinating and disturbing, with a man who wrote a memoir about his sexual experiences with dolphins and other animals.

That man, Michael Brenner, has written another memoir, this one about his childhood in a family of Reichians—followers of Wilhelm Reich’s beliefs that orgasms were the key to all health problems and that a black box could cure any illness by harnessing “orgone energy.”

SF Weekly conducted a second interview with Brenner, and, sadly and unsurprisingly, it’s just as fascinating/disturbing as the first one.

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Saying “The G-Word” Out Loud

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Gentrification is a thorny subject in San Francisco these days, as it is in many American cities.

A roundup post at SF Weekly blog The Snitch collects some of the best writing that’s sprung up around the issue, including George Packer’s puzzled look at Silicon Valley in the New Yorker and Rebecca Solnit’s excoriation of the Google Bus in the London Review of Books.

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Tell Stories Better with Technology

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Speaking of publishing innovationsSF Weekly‘s current cover story, “Storytelling 10110001101,” by Alee Karim, chronicles some recent forays into spinning narratives in the electronic age.

Karim focuses on two enterprises. The first is Madefire, a company creating interactive comics for the iPhone/iPad that differ markedly from earlier, laughable attempts at “motion comics.” The other is Ying Horowitz & Quinn, which is a supremely lawyery-sounding name for a group of former McSweeney’s employees producing striking digital literature.

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The New Young Folk Singer You’re Gonna Want to Hear

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It may have taken Jessica Pratt five years to get her debut album released after she recorded it, but judging by the well-deserved welcome mat critics are rolling out for her, it may have been worth the wait.

SF Weekly‘s Byard Duncan profiles the folk singer, who performs at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco tonight (Wednesday the 16th) at 8:00.

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Interview (in the mail) with Jonathan Richman

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SF Weekly got Jonathan Richman to agree to answer some questions—by way of snail mail.

Richman, who is gearing up for a show this Sunday at The Make-Out Room, shares his thoughts on the Internet, air-conditioning, and being called the “Grandfather of Punk.”

“I’m glad our old band could have influenced other musicians — given them a ‘way,’ so to speak.”

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