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2012 Stories by Michael Leaverton

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  • A Series of Unfortunate Questions

    published December 5, 2012

    At author readings, young fiction writers often leave disenchanted, because people are always going on about the book. Who has time to read? You... More >>

  • Spelunking in the City

    published October 31, 2012

    Much is made about our city's storied history in subversive art, with iconic groups like the Billboard Liberation Front, Survival Research... More >>

  • May the Farce Be with You

    published September 26, 2012

    We never watched the The Fifth Element, in theaters or anywhere else. But we noticed the posters, to be sure. Milla Jovovich wearing... More >>

  • Literary Doucebag-Fools Pantheon

    published September 12, 2012

    When Brett Easton Ellis began reading D.T. Max's Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, he got the... More >>

  • Trash Talk

    published September 5, 2012

    Despite periodic efforts, hipster boxing has never become a lasting trend. Part of the reason is that pain doesn’t give a crap about your... More >>

  • Bottles Up

    published August 29, 2012

    Years from now when you move from the city (and you'll move from the city; everyone does), you'll look back fondly on these days when everything... More >>

  • The Hard Data Indicates Laffs

    published August 29, 2012

    With Tripping on the Tipping Point, Human Nature, a musical comedy theater troupe from northern California, is currently underway on... More >>

  • War 2.0

    published July 25, 2012

    Much of the war against computer freedom has centered on things like copyright, net neutrality, and SOPA, but Cory Doctorow argues that... More >>

  • The Sure Thing

    published July 18, 2012

    Some people don't like to go to sketch comedy because they're scared. Are they scared sketch comedy is going to kick their ass? Partially. But... More >>

  • "Ballplayer: Pelotero": How the MLB Sausage Gets Made

    published July 11, 2012

    One of out every five professional baseball players in the U.S. comes from the Dominican Republic. Take a second with that stat. Here's... More >>

  • Par for the Corpse

    published July 11, 2012

    In the zombie novel Zone One, the undead action starts on page 13, with a military crew sweeping a New York office building for skels --... More >>

  • Sometimes a Cigar Box Isn't a Cigar Box

    published June 27, 2012

    April Chartrand is a fiberalchemist who wrote a book called Angel's Destiny: A Novel Story of Poems & Illustrations and received her own day in... More >>

  • Neck Beards, Yea or Nae?

    published June 20, 2012

    God bless filmmaker Laura J. Lukitsch; she spent six years talking to people about beards. She found, wonderfully, that all men have a beard... More >>

  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Worry

    published June 20, 2012

    It's been more than 20 months since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was repealed, and across the -- wait, hasn't everything gone to shit yet? Wasn't the... More >>

  • Smarty Plants

    published June 6, 2012

    Tonight’s lecture, What a Plant Knows, is based on a book of the same name by Daniel Chamovitz. We’re really excited, because... More >>

  • Twain Shall Meet

    published May 30, 2012

    It says something about our culture that young adult books keep blowing up. We’re not going to say what it says; we like reading them as... More >>

  • Buy Local — Mostly Beer

    published May 2, 2012

    As a manufacturing outpost, San Francisco doesn’t make very much. We make people click ads, mostly. And we make a lot of coffee. But... More >>

  • Celebrity Muscle

    published April 25, 2012

    If fitness trainer Jillian Michaels suddenly appeared next to you at the gym, crushing standing calf-raises, would you work harder? How about... More >>

  • Right on Time

    published March 14, 2012

    Few choreographers have stood downtown and not dreamed of staging the morning commute -- all that hustle and bustle, all those people slipping... More >>

  • Remotely Composed

    published February 29, 2012

    When we first heard Terry Riley’s “In C,” our minds left us -- all those instruments, in all those minutes, all galloping after... More >>

  • And Then Came the Next Idea

    published February 29, 2012

    With the Six-Word Memoir publishing juggernaut, Larry Smith of Smith Magazine discovered a lot of stories need only six... More >>

  • Bloomsday

    published February 22, 2012

    Orchids used to appear wonderfully rare and exotic, a specialty plant hunted by romantics, hobbyists, and thieves; today, pallets of hardy,... More >>

  • There Wolf

    published February 15, 2012

    Anne Rice is one of the most read modern authors, which is not surprising, because that’s how pacts with Lord Satan work. It’s... More >>

  • Four Out of Five?

    published January 4, 2012

    It’s been our experience that a few drinks will benefit any game of Rock Paper Scissors, because then you don’t feel quite so... More >>

  • Don’t Make Your Own Ketchup

    published January 4, 2012

    We often wonder whether it’s better to make things at home instead of buying them at a supermarket, especially when we’re buying... More >>

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