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He's in with the president—or so he thinks. Seth... More»


How do you commemorate an art movement designed to elude conventional collection and display? “State of Mind,” the current exhibition at the... More»


If it’s true that teenagers tend to be overemotional, then the proof is in the pages. San Francisco Bay Area native Nina LaCour attempts to... More»


In her somber first novel, Oakland author and essayist Meredith Maran hits every possible stereotype on the subjects of feminism, liberalism, and lesbianism... More»


In programmer-novelist Ellen Ullman’s dense, digressive novel of 1970s San Francisco, a lonely, neurotic, unnamed professor, on leave while under... More»


Tasha DeSerio has some serious salad bona fides. The Berkeley cooking instructor, caterer, and writer not only cooked at Chez Panisse, she contributed to... More»


One charming feature of Marie Losier’s latest documentary, in local theaters this month, is its total failure of exposition. If The Ballad of... More»


Over the past 25 years, “noise pop” has evolved beyond the original idea of guitar-heavy, melody-based music. Even so, it’s nice to see... More»


Last year, when the FBI finally released its trove of documents and recordings concerning Jim Jones and the People’s Temple, Berkeley author Julia... More»


Of course, he wants to celebrate with family and friends, but perhaps he’s also trying to get some hometown luck on his side—in more ... More»


It's been a busy week—Facebook went public, Schwarzenegger... More»