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Dec 12, 2023

Daniel Clowes’ Brutal Realism

A woman with a beehive hairdo appears on the cover of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel, Monica. The color of her skin is the same shade of blue as Shadow Lass, a character drawn in the DC comic book series, Legion of Super-Heroes. Clowes draws his protagonist’s face in profile....
Sep 26, 2023

Now and Then

Jul 12, 2023

Cali Lit

May 3, 2023

In Due Time

Author Jenny Odell discovers a life beyond the clock In her new book, Oakland writer Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing, examines time as a commodity to be bought, sold and traded. The clock one lives...
Feb 15, 2023

Liminal Is Lit

Ayize Jama-Everett delivers with the latest installment in his sprawling sci-fi saga Ayize Jama-Everett, author of the audacious Liminals quartet of superhero novels, brings all the elements of its jam-packed plot together in a satisfying final volume, Heroes...
Feb 1, 2023

A Bud Bible

 New coffee table book has something for everyone Recently I had the pleasure of reading a lovely little book called The Joy of Cannabis. I have to admit, although a life-long adult cannabis user who has written tens...
Jan 25, 2023

The Science of Wonder

Dr. Dacher Keltner’s latest book delves into the awful and the awesome  When witnessing transcendent awe anywhere in the world, the most common utterances people emit are “ooooh,”  “aaah”  and the ubiquitous “whoa.” Studies in China, Japan, South...
Jan 11, 2023

Grace and Grit

Obama’s chief White House speechwriter and post-presidential collaborator gives an insider’s view in latest book During the fractious campaign months leading up to the mid-term elections in November 2022, I found myself reaching repeatedly for safe havens. Like...
Nov 9, 2022

Honor Them With More Than a Parade

‘Our Veterans’ digs deep into vets’ challenges Friday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day this year. There will be parades. Politicians will make speeches “honoring the sacrifices” of the men and women who serve or have served in the...
Oct 5, 2022

Piercing the Book Bubble: Litquake celebrates 23 years of bringing literature to the people

If Litquake 2022 were weaponry, it would be a bow and arrows. Instead, Litquake is the Bay Area’s beloved annual literary festival that this year sprawls over 16 days with 93 events and over 350 authors and...
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