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2007 Stories by Frances Reade

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  • Mightier than the Sword: Black Cobra slays

    published December 19, 2007

    It's tough to think of an indie icon more accomplished than Stephen Malkmus. Although he's best known for being frontman of the... More >>

  • Magical Moments of Change: How Psychotherapy Turns Kids Around

    published November 21, 2007

    By Lenore Terr, M.D. W.W. Norton, $27.95 Magical Moments of Change is possibly the cheesiest title ever... More >>

  • Shortcomings

    published October 24, 2007

    First, full disclosure on possible circle-jerky conflict-of-interest: This book talks some brief shit about S.F. Weekly. In return,... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 24, 2007

    On its 2005 debut for Jagjaguwar, Canadian collective Black Mountain brewed up an intoxicating batch of homegrown rock. Stephen McBean's... More >>

  • Desert Gothic

    published September 26, 2007

    Nothing is Gothic about this debut short-story collection, filled with lives as arid and lonely as the sun-baked Nowherevilles of Nevada and... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published September 12, 2007

    The iconically maudlin tune "Get Together" provides both the title of this comp and its bookending tracks. The first instance of the song is... More >>

  • Dirty Projectors

    published September 5, 2007

    Imagine Henry Rollins conducting your high school orchestra and you're getting close to the confounding beauty of Dirty Projectors' Rise... More >>

  • Burning Books

    published August 15, 2007

    Burning Man is a Bay Area atheist's version of the Rapture: For one precious week a year, a lot of people who believe in something you don't... More >>

  • Q&A With Greil Marcus

    published August 15, 2007

    Berkeley's Greil Marcus is America's most formidably intellectual rock writer. His books of cultural criticism (including Lipstick Traces... More >>

  • A Coherent Landscape

    published July 18, 2007

    Storming the Gates of Paradise is an oddly bombastic title for the new collection of essays by San Francisco thinker Rebecca Solnit. The... More >>

  • Protest Masters

    published July 4, 2007

    New College of California's Masters of Activism and Social Change program seeks "to nurture the development of thoughtful, self-reflective... More >>

  • Saving McSweeney's

    published June 20, 2007

    Let's hope this column is not an obituary for McSweeney's. The well-intentioned local publishing entity announced last week that it is around... More >>

  • Sad But True

    published May 23, 2007

    I went to a friend's going-away party in Oakland last month where there was a Moonwalk, or "bouncy castle," in the California parlance. It was... More >>

  • Adverbs

    published May 23, 2007

    By Daniel Handler Harper, $13.95 Turns out Daniel Handler, best known for introducing a generation of children to dark,... More >>

  • Six Degrees of Separation

    published May 9, 2007

    P.G. Six has attired each of his releases in record sleeves bearing wintry panoramas tailor-made by painter Christine Krol. The pictures are... More >>

  • Oh the Hell With It

    published April 25, 2007

    Ever since I was a little kid, reading has been about the only thing I've cared about in the world, apart from a boy or two. But I gotta say,... More >>

  • Choogle Your Own Adventure

    published April 11, 2007

    Consider for a moment the concept of "chooglin'." It's a nonsense rock verb, most likely coined by Creedence Clearwater Revival for use in its... More >>

  • The Fall

    published March 28, 2007

    For a world-class misanthrope who's been happily stewing in his own bile for 50 years, the Fall's frontman Mark E. Smith sounds pretty chill on... More >>

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    published March 28, 2007

    I'm sitting in the back car of BART on a Sunday night with debut novelist Kemble Scott, and we're looking for gay wankers. Also, we're here on... More >>

  • Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind

    published March 28, 2007

    By Elizabeth Mayer, Ph.D. Bantam, $26.00 Elizabeth Mayer was an academic scientist at UCSF who passed away just after... More >>

  • 8: A Memoir

    published March 28, 2007

    By Amy Fusselman Counterpoint Press, $17.00 Amy Fusselman's second book 8, just like her first work The... More >>

  • Arcade Fire

    published March 21, 2007

    "It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive," Springsteen once told us, and the Arcade Fire took this credo to the bank with its debut... More >>

  • MIDI Me

    published March 14, 2007

    Eats Tapes is an apt name for an act that devours recognizable sounds and spits them back out as fractured analog dance tunes. The San Francisco... More >>

  • Let's Talk This Out

    published February 28, 2007

    Brendan Fowler's not fucking around when he declares, "I'll fully talk this thing into the ground" on the title track of his new record... More >>

  • Shed excess pop with OK Go's power calisthenics

    published February 28, 2007

    The guys in OK Go are coming off a Grammy win for their video "Here It Goes Again," a classic moment in the history of goofy music videos... More >>

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