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Posts by: Charles Kruger

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. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park. Thursday 4/20: Cleve Jones, long time gay and labor activist, (When […]

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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. The road ahead, paved with potholes and poverty, sometimes doesn’t look all that […]

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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! Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books. Thursday 4/13: Shanthi Sekaran (Lucky Boy) reads at the Morrison […]

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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. I don’t suppose I can.” […]

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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. Hosted by James Warner (All Her Father’s Guns). Free, 7 p.m., The Makeout Room. Thursday […]

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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. Free, 7:30 p.m., USF. Thursday 3/30: Margaret Randall, an extraordinary person, appears at The Poetry Center at San […]

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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 […]

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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. City Lights presents Elif Batuman, celebrating the release of her new novel, The Idiot. […]

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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. I was a sixteen-year-old runaway revolutionary of peace and love, living in a commune, […]

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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. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/8–3/14

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Wednesday 3/8: The Museum of the African Diaspora, as part of their current exhibition Where Is Here (curated by Jacquelyn Francis and Kathy Zarur), celebrate International Women’s Day with a discussion featuring mixed media and installation artist Asya Abdrahman and writers Faith Adiele and Tonya M. Foster. $10, 7 p.m., MOAD. Thi Bui launches her […]

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #19: Are YOU My Hero?

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This week, I’ve found myself thinking about heroism. What makes a hero, anyway? Who should we choose for our heroes? When I was around fourteen, I developed a hero crush on W. C. Fields, of all people! I was delighted when I read about the time he and John Barrymore gave a ride to a […]

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Notable San Francisco: 3/1–3/7

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Wednesday 3/1: Journalist L.A. Kauffman, (The Nation, Mother Jones, The Baffler, etc.) reads from Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights. Poet Kendra Tanacea launches her debut collection, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees, from Lost Horse Press. She will be joined by Tracey Knapp and Peter Kline. […]

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #18: Keeping Our Balance in a Time of Turkeys

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Yesterday, walking home along the wet pavement twinkling under the sunshine, I spied a flock of no fewer than twenty-four wild turkeys parading down the street, mostly chicks. I don’t see them today, as the rain has returned, and all is gray. I live on a hill where I can look out the window to […]

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Notable San Francisco: 2/22–2/28

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Wednesday 2/22: John Darnielle (Wolf in White Van) reads from his new novel, Universal Harvester. Free, 7:30 p.m., Booksmith. Roof Books presents David Buuck (Co-Founder and Editor of Tripwire), Jean Day (The Triumph of Life), and Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution Laura Moriarty (Who That Divines). Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books. Thursday 2/23: Hank […]

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #17: Oppression, Ownership, Turkeys, and Roses

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Politics has become a bloated balloon on the horizon of our days, marked with the face of the Pr*sident, grinning under his orange corona like a demented sun-god, a raucous Ra. It burns.

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Notable San Francisco: 2/15–2/21

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Wednesday 2/15: Simone White (House Envy of All the World) reads for the Holloway Series at UC Berkeley. Free, 6:30 p.m., UC Berkeley Hearst Annex. Min Jin Lee (Pachinko) reads her novel about generations of a Korean family. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith. Thursday 2/16: The Poetry Center San Jose presents a reading at San […]

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Notable San Francisco: 2/8–2/14

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Wednesday 2/8: Poet Brandon Brown reads. Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books. Thursday 2/9: Adam Hochschild, National Book Award Finalist. Free, 5 p.m., Morrison Libray at UC Berkeley.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #16: The Game Is On

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Today is the day that Pr*sident Trump shut down the American borders to refugees, green card holders, and non-citizens with paid for and improved visas—if they were from certain “Muslim majority” countries… It is also the day his administration made it clear that, going forward, “Christian” refugees would be given priority over all other refugees—and […]

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Notable San Francisco: 2/1–2/7

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Wednesday 2/1: Former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and sculptor Murray Dewart (co-authors of Poems About Scultpure). Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books. Otessa Moshfegh reads from her first collection Homesick for Another World. Free, 7:30–9 p.m., The Booksmith.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #15: Contemplation + Politics

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Thomas Merton, the most prominent Catholic monk of the 20th century, famously left the world to live a cloistered life at the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemini in rural Kentucky, taking vows and becoming Father Louis. As many will recall, he described his journey to the cloister in one of the century’s masterpieces of memoir, The […]

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Notable San Francisco: 1/25–1/31

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Wednesday 1/25: Perfectly Queer presents Funny Bits: Humorous Stories from East Bay Queer Writers featuring Ajuan Mance, Willy Wilkinson, and Anna Pulley. Free, 7 p.m., The Octopus Literary Salon. John Else (True South: Henry Hampton and “Eyes on the Prize,” the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement) in conversation with Spencer Nakasako […]

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Notable San Francisco: 1/18–1/24

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Wednesday 1/18: Litquake and the San Francisco Public Library present “No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump” with readings by Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Robert Mailer Anderson, Devorah Major, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Alejandro Murguia, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed, and T. J. Stiles. Free, 6 p.m., San Francisco Public Library. Indy Publisher Unnamed Press presents […]

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #14: Altered States?

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In my last column, the Muse inspired me to write about dreams. And since then, I’ve been thinking about other types of altered consciousness. As a guy who often hangs out with Catholic monks, and who practices “Will Rogers spirituality”—that is, I’ve never met a religion I didn’t like—I take an interest in miracles and […]

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Notable San Francisco: 1/11–1/17

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Wednesday 1/11: Passages on the Lake (hosted by Paul Corman-Roberts) presents Daphne Gottlieb, Sonya Renee Taylor, Tracey Knapp, Derrick Carr, and Haldane King. Free, 7 p.m., The Terrace Room. Shanthi Sekaran (The Prayer Room) reads from her new novel, Lucky Boy. Free, 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore. Thursday 1/12: Why There Are Words celebrates its […]

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Notable San Francisco: 1/4–1/10

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Friday 1/6: Jon Sindell launches his new book of stories, Family Happiness. Participants in this event include Kyrsten Bean, Michael Crabtree, Steven Kacsmar, Lynn Mundell, and Sandra Wassilie. Free, 7 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon. Saturday 1/7: Aggregate Space Gallery and Featherboard Reading Series will celebrate five years of literature and art with a Small Press […]

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #13: Such Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

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Do you keep a dream journal? I started as a teenager, and continue on-and-off. Sometimes I can’t tell the difference between a dream and a memory. Does this happen to you? Or am I confessing to something strange and pathological? Where is the line between pathology and creativity?

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