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2007 Stories by Michael Leaverton

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  • Pages and Pages

    published September 26, 2007

    The Big Book Sale claims it's "the biggest book sale on the West Coast," and it's tempting to shout, "hyperbole!" But how many book sales... More >>

  • Art Rolls By

    published September 26, 2007

    When gazing upon an automobile's smooth, unadulterated surface, some people are overwhelmed by the desire to glue shit to it. Eventually these... More >>

  • Is It Hot Out Here?

    published September 26, 2007

    Although the Comedy Day Web site never fails to worry us, with its animated clip art, banana-peel logo, and side-splitting tagline ("Comedy... More >>

  • Let Them Eat Garlic Fries

    published September 26, 2007

    Tonight at the War Memorial Opera House, the lights will dim on those who have spent more than $275 to sit quietly in their best clothes for the... More >>

  • Pure De-Light

    published September 26, 2007

    The exhibit "Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson" takes up the entire top floor of the SFMOMA, and the artist has paid particular attention to... More >>

  • One for the Team

    published September 19, 2007

    Fifty years ago this September, Viking published On the Road. Although Jack Kerouac had finished the book six years earlier as a work of... More >>

  • Tip of the Iceberg

    published September 19, 2007

    In artist Ryan Scully's Water Rushing Through Forms, a soft, round, bulbous form floats in a turgid sea, a weighty lump that's set off by a... More >>

  • Soiled

    published September 19, 2007

    The orchid has plenty to recommend it: Its name comes from the Greek word for "testicle." Vanilla, an orchid plant, is derived from the Latin word... More >>

  • Ride 'Em In

    published September 19, 2007

    This year's Bicycle Film Festival tours 16 cities across the globe, coming to skidding halt for four days in San Francisco. It manages such... More >>

  • The Question of Our Time

    published September 19, 2007

    When Green Day's Dookie dropped, it was like a bomb going off. Mainstream America, jostled from its suburban slumber, ran screaming into... More >>

  • Light Rock Show

    published September 12, 2007

    Pioneering light artist Anthony McCall's You and I, Horizontal consists of a beam of light shining through a small, dark room, casting... More >>

  • Reading Series Showdown

    published September 12, 2007

    Opium Magazine's Literary Death Match, begun in New York by Todd Zuniga and Elizabeth Koch and now an S.F. staple, pits writers... More >>

  • How Things Work

    published September 12, 2007

    Everyday items such as doilies, dog hair, buttons, and couches don’t normally make it into an artist’s toolkit. But at the group show... More >>

  • Around the Horn

    published September 12, 2007

    Old sportswriters like to say syrupy stuff like “the dance of baseball.” Now you can also say it and not feel like you’re 86 years... More >>

  • Fitted for Travel

    published September 5, 2007

    Artist Libby Black re-creates not only high-end fashion products, like Louis Vuitton wallets and Kate Spade shoes, but also high-end real estate,... More >>

  • Throw Down

    published September 5, 2007

    How to make a yo-yo sleep: Start with your elbow pointed straight ahead, the yo-yo at your shoulder. Aim three feet in front of you, and throw... More >>

  • Hang in There, Fella

    published September 5, 2007

    The first time people enter Mission Cliffs, they typically ooh and ahh about the sheer size of the building, the climbing walls, and the goddamned... More >>

  • Dear Emily

    published September 5, 2007

    We get the feeling that some people are sitting around saying things like, "Wah! Emily the Strange is a corporate whore!" It could be due to her... More >>

  • Long Live the Colonel

    published September 5, 2007

    Patton Oswalt may have played the lead rat in Ratatouille, but his own ideas about food arrive during the opening seconds of his hysterical... More >>

  • Playing for Keeps

    published August 29, 2007

    Billy Childish, the musician/artist/poet/novelist whose immense body of work darkens the sky over our 10-song bands of the day, has been busy. No... More >>

  • Christ Almighty

    published August 29, 2007

    Labeling your film fest "underground" is not much of a lure, since movies created down there can often be uninspiring, uninteresting, unwatchable... More >>

  • A Close Race

    published August 29, 2007

    Attending a city bike race is akin to sitting through the first inning of a baseball game, then watching the teams bolt around the corner for the... More >>

  • Falling Down

    published August 29, 2007

    Artist Aeneas Wilder has a steady hand. He builds towering sculptures by stacking strips of wood, one after the other, without the use of... More >>

  • The Mother Lode

    published August 29, 2007

    George Saunders is often compared to Kurt Vonnegut, but he could also be a Vonnegut character. Listen to this: He was born in Texas, got a... More >>

  • Goddamned Funny

    published August 22, 2007

    Lizz Winstead is a former executive vice president of Air America Radio, she did a radio show with Chuck D., and she co-created the The Daily... More >>

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