Mar 26, 2024

Carolina Ixta’s Debut Novel Rooted in Oakland Realness

When Carolina Ixta was a kid, she’d go get haircuts with her mom and sister at a salon in Fruitvale, at 31st and International. Her mom’s highlights would take hours and the sisters would get bored, so they’d go grab food at the Wendy’s down the street, then pick...
Daniel Clowes' Brutal Realism
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...
The Becoming of Mimi Tempestt
Nov 28, 2023

The Becoming of Mimi Tempestt

The best advice for reading mimi tempestt’s second book, the delicacy of embracing spirals, other than “do it,” is to remember to breathe. Now and then also pause, placing the Berkeley-based writer’s tornado of poetry aside to...
Now and Then
Sep 26, 2023

Now and Then

Heather Cox Richardson is hot on history. During a phone interview to talk about her new book, Democracy Awakening, Notes on the State of America, the Boston College professor is most animated by a question about a...
Cali Lit
Jul 12, 2023

Cali Lit

Prolific local writers make the Bay Area a wellspring of words. Those of us whose fantasies include summer months spent in a hammock reading, and occasionally snoozing with, a good book will likely have a stack of...
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...
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