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On the Way to Oktoberfest: A Travelogue

Originally published in the Northside San Francisco in November 2011 “Thus you can throw yourself flat on the ground, stretched out upon Mother Earth, with the certain conviction that you are one with her and she with you.” –Alan Watts I took the long way to Munich, Germany. Over ten days I visited London, Paris, Zurich, and…

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Why is it Art? SF MOMA’s new Sol LeWitt acquisition

Originally published in the Northside San Francisco in September, 2011 In my case, I used the elements of these simple forms – square, cube, line and color – to produce logical systems. Most of these systems were finite; that is, they were complete using all possible variations. This kept them simple. —Sol LeWitt The San Francisco…

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Oscar Wilde’s annotated, uncensored “The Picture of Dorian Gray” released

Published for the first time  — The annotated and uncensored edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is released by Harvard University Press Originally published in the Northside San Francisco in August 2011 Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. —Oscar Wilde Few artists have suffered for what they believed in like Oscar…

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Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

Now Out On DVD, the Academy Award-Nominated Exit Through The Gift Shop Originally published in the Northside San Francisco in April 2011 “If you want to say something and have people listen then you have to wear a mask. If you want to be honest then you have to live a lie.” -Banksy “The movie…

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Jim Carroll’s novel “The Petting Zoo”

Magnum Opus: Jim Carroll’s long-awaited novel The Petting Zoo is released over a year after the author’s death Originally published in the Northside San Francisco in March 2011 The catastrophe of loss, the loss of a true poet, is so pure that it might for many pass unnoticed. But the universe knows, and no doubt…

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Criterion releases “America Lost And Found: The BBS Story”

Originally published in the Northside San Francisco in February 2011 “As for that thorn he feels in his heart, he is careful not to quiet its pain. On the contrary, he awakens it and, in the desperate joy of a man crucified and happy to be so, he builds up, piece by piece–lucidity, refusal, make-believe–a…

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Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico at the de Young

Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico at the de Young February 19, 2011-May 8, 2011 Originally published in the Northside San Francisco in January 2011 Beginning next month, the de Young will be featuring one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Olmec culture ever presented to the public. Recognized as one of America’s oldest civilizations,…

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