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Posts by: Seth Fischer

An Occupy Oakland and Occupy SF Roundup

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By pretty much all accounts, last night was tense but hopeful for the Occupy movement in the Bay Area. (For an account of the national movement, check out Brian Spears’ roundup from this morning.) This is somewhat of a relief after Tuesday night, when a coalition of Bay Area police used tear gas, nonlethal rounds, […]

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An Occupy Oakland Roundup

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Holy crap. As many of you know, on Monday night, Oakland police raided the Occupy Oakland encampment, arresting and tear-gassing residents and destroying the entire camp. Last night, 500-1500 people reportedly came out to protest, and they were met with tear gas, rubber bullets, a sound cannon and concussion grenades. Just to portray the seriousness […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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“I will find a way to harm you or cause you suffering* if you fuck with the mechanics of this piece” — DFW writes to Harper’s and signs with a skull and crossbones.  Maud Newton eats rattlesnake, and it’s kind of gross! “The imperative to develop new technologies and implement them on a heroic scale no longer seems like […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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I just spent 16 hours on a train going from San Francisco to LA. I hate everyone in the world right now except … no, no exceptions. Everyone. Sorry. As a result, though, everything I link to today will be awesome. And by awesome I mean nerdy. Because nerdy things make me happy. Stan Lee! Kids […]

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Artists Coming Out To Support Occupy San Francisco

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Last night, as part of the Occupy SF Art and Performance Series, Foxtails Brigade, Sherilynn Connelly, and others came out to support the protestors at Bierman Park. By pretty much all accounts, it was incredible. Foxtails Brigade—with Laura Weinbach, Anton Patzner (Judgement Day, Bright Eyes), Jo Lewis (Os Beaches, F-Pod B-Pod) and Jascha Hoffman—even played an […]

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Occupy SF Art and Performance Series

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This week, come check out the Occupy SF Art and Performance Series, with local awesomes like Michelle Tea, Nato Green, Kamau Bell, Heklina, Literary Death Match’s Alia Volz, and more A few days ago, Hiya Swanhuyser and I ran into each other as we were checking out Occupy SF in front of the Federal Reserve downtown. […]

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Lethem on Mailer

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A “(h)elpless tribute, I suppose, to the all-time ego king.” Jonathan Lethem has a phenomenal essay on Norman Mailer over at the LA Review of Books, which is also really turning into a sort of powerhouse in its own right.

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The Music of Occupy Wall Street

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“It’s new for many observers, on the left and the right, to grasp how a movement might unfold without a clear agenda, set of leaders — or even one anthem. Many people find the non-hierarchical structure of Occupy Wall Street frustrating. Among the presumptions it overturns is the one that leads us to expect and […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Hey, everyone likes a quiz! “Match the author with the pen name. ” (via) The Book Bench writes up The Occupied Wall Street Journal, a newspaper that’s popped up at occupation. Bookfox on the difference between creative writers vs other kinds of writers. Michael Copperman’s “letter to my talented writer-friend A., who fears she will never be […]

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Occupy SF Encampment Taken By Police

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After an impressive rally of 800 yesterday, police shut down the Occupy SF encampment last night, taking all the supplies the encampment’s residents had rounded up. This seems to me to be a significant misstep from the City of San Francisco. The protesters aren’t giving up, and they’re starting over again from scratch. I wasn’t […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Canongate speaks out on publishing Julian Assange’s unauthorized autobiography. Kesey and Kerouac sitting in a tree, or not really at all. This is how to master not feeling so bad about your employment prospects in two weeks in book review format, and it’s very timely for yours truly. “Maybe this will be another century in […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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The founder of Project Gutenberg, Michael S. Hart, has passed away. If you’ve never been to Project Gutenberg, go check it out. It changed my life, and maybe will change yours, especially if you have a boring job. (via) The New Pages is looking for reviewers. “since we haven’t entirely killed the bookstore yet, I […]

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DFW on Federer

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“Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The relation is roughly that of courage to war.” I’m not a particularly devout tennis fan. In fact, I call pretty much all athletic competition sportsball, because I don’t have to keep track of […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Today, the earth has traveled around the sun ten times since a bunch of assholes made our world a worse place. Electric Literature has a good roundup of what the book blogs have written up about 9/11. Moving on: this will go down in the annals of excellent book marketing: if you become a fan […]

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Here Are Some Stories I Like

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Here’s some very very short stories that only take a second to read but will make your day better. “She’d busted me ogling high heels and cleavage at an after-hours party.” — At 100 Word Stories, “Seasoning” by R. Neal Bonser. “The ending of this all is that I butchered the cow in my garage. […]

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