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2011 Stories by Michael Leaverton

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  • Proopsian Technology

    published December 28, 2011

    Podcasts — WTF? For years, talk radio hosts were the only people telling us to listen to their podcasts, and we were all, “Suck it,... More >>

  • Eating My Religion

    published December 21, 2011

    Kung Pao Kosher Comedy has happened so many times it's practically a religious institution, with its own codes and rituals, even prayers... More >>

  • The Church of Start Shopping

    published December 14, 2011

    Consumer spending may stimulate the larger economy, but screw the larger economy. We’d rather stimulate the small, sad economy of someone... More >>

  • You Can’t Fight in Here! This Is the War Room!

    published December 7, 2011

    Dark Room Productions has a 50-megaton death wish: It’s presenting Dr. Strangelove: Live! Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to... More >>

  • It Was All a Dream

    published November 30, 2011

    Most mysteries, written at the speed of sound, suffer in lazy, cheap, and bad writing, which has its charms, mostly in the fun of spotting all the... More >>

  • Pencils Down

    published November 30, 2011

    As National Novel Writing Month draws to a close, some of you are quietly proofreading and rechecking verb tenses, while others are manically... More >>

  • Great Expectations of Indulgence

    published November 30, 2011

    Many are having a rough go of it this year -- foreclosed upon, unemployed, tear-gassed. We recommend a hot meat pie, plum pudding if you must,... More >>

  • The Old Guard

    published November 23, 2011

    Imagine if the San Francisco Giants won three more championships by the end of the decade. We'd have one of the greatest sports dynasties,... More >>

  • The Old Guard

    published November 23, 2011

    Imagine if the San Francisco Giants won three more championships by the end of the decade. We'd have one of the greatest sports dynasties,... More >>

  • Eat Your Own Dog Food

    published November 9, 2011

    Quite often, Steve Chiappetti makes a nice chicken burger topped with double-smoked bacon and cheddar cheese, bends over, and gives it to his dog.... More >>

  • Ke11y’s Cove

    published November 2, 2011

    Despite San Francisco’s coastal location, most of you have successfully ignored surfing ever since you moved here. This week, that ends. The... More >>

  • … Or Die Trying

    published October 26, 2011

    We should all go out as well as William Ellsworth Robinson did: In 1918, the legendary American magician (with the stage name Chung Ling Soo --... More >>

  • Clash of the Traditions

    published October 19, 2011

    In 2009, So You Think You Can Dance featured traditional Russian folk dancing (don’t ask us how we know this) and it bombed,... More >>

  • Hammer Time

    published October 12, 2011

    Litquake is rife with quality literary events, but organizers understand that sometimes you just want to hold a beer and watch wrestling. Hence:... More >>

  • True Grit

    published October 5, 2011

    At today’s live art contest, one noted cinematographer, two noted artists, one noted chef, one noted designer, and one noted arts manager are... More >>

  • Now Appearing: Practically Everyone

    published October 5, 2011

    During the run of Litquake, there’s sometimes a tendency (never by us!) to be timid in the early offerings, babying the reserves of... More >>

  • Snakes on a Plane, Etc.

    published September 28, 2011

    Last Spring, the screams began, issuing from the playgrounds, the Whole Foods, the preschool drop-off curbs: Someone wrote something called Go... More >>

  • The Pencil Is Mightier Than ... ?

    published September 28, 2011

    A lot of artists use Staedtler pencils — the German company Staedtler is legendary in pencil-making, dating back 350 years, with only rival... More >>

  • Moving Parts

    published September 21, 2011

    The first time we visited the Cable Car Museum, we expected to see little more than a few dioramas and maybe a ceramic dog — we’d been... More >>

  • Dream On

    published September 14, 2011

    Whenever we hear about a new rock novel, we flinch, reliving the misery of Don DeLillo’s Great Jones Street anew — what the hell... More >>

  • The Outhouse on the Final Frontier

    published September 7, 2011

    If you never want to finish a particular novel, join a book club that’s reading that novel. This isn’t an adage, just a bit of wisdom we... More >>

  • Man Up

    published September 7, 2011

    Perhaps you’ve been there: You’re at your girlfriend’s parents’ house, unexpectedly in charge of the grill, incinerating... More >>

  • Strange New Worlds

    published August 31, 2011

    In 1969, in one of the final episodes of the original Star Trek series, the writers beamed hippies aboard the Enterprise. Hippies. In... More >>

  • Rad as in Radical and Rad as in Badical

    published August 17, 2011

    For some people, having a baby is like climbing into a slingshot aimed toward mainstream culture, which is often a relief: No more foraging for... More >>

  • Abby Normal

    published August 17, 2011

    When we first heard about Abigail, the rock opera about the Salem witch trials, we thought, This isn’t already a thing? GTFO!... More >>

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