Literature

No exit

Two new books rummage through the rubble of No Wave New York
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LIT An interviewee in Grant Gee's excellent 2007 documentary Joy Division posits that the gloomy Manchester band inverted punk's initial "Fuck you!" to convey a more atmospheric and ultimately unsettling sentiment of "I'm fucked." If so, the contemporaneous No Wave bands from New York City melted down those two approaches to one primal howl. Read more »

Magazinester

Rico McTaco, boy's club, and more
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MAGAZINESTER

This month's Magazinester saves the best for first: in conjunction with an art show, Needles and Pens has fantastic zines by Edie Fake on display. Rico McTaco stars a four-legged dyke not averse to carrot strap-ons and dizzying black and white lines Bridget Riley might admire. Read more »

Tales of the shitty

Erick Lyle views SF through its Lower Frequencies
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REVIEW San Francisco is larger than the stories written about it. This is out of necessity: if we all tried to write down everything that happened here, our arms would get tired. And while the city itself is physically and culturally in thrall to many disparate groups, its history is surprisingly open, belonging most often to those who have nothing more than the inclination to take out a pen and start writing.

Exhibit A: Erick Lyle, a punk kid from Florida who makes zines about pulling off petty scams at chain stores. Read more »

Speed Reading

Comics and openers: The Ten Cent Plague and Uncredited
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THE TEN CENT PLAGUE: THE GREAT COMIC BOOK SCARE AND HOW IT CHANGED AMERICA

By David Hadju

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

448 pages

$26Read more »

Time travel ticket

Excerpts from a book that is Mostly True
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TRAINS Mostly True (Microcosm Publishing, 144 pages, $8) is the book companion to my 2005 movie, Who Is Bozo Texino? Styled like a 1930s pulp magazine, it's an enigmatic compilation of railroad ephemera — a ticket for time travel back to the roots of American rail folklore.

The book was created as a by-product of making the film and as a direct product of 25 years of asystematically collecting any scrap of material related to the ideas of tramping, trains, Depression-era culture and graffiti (with a small g) Read more »

Magazinester

Men's rooster cuts in Iran! What's on the shelf this month
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Green mania is old news or no news for the weekly tabloids. A quick perusal of In Touch and OK! reveals someone out there still cares about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Life & Style frets over Angelina Jolie's doc visit, while US Weekly creates a baby album for Shiloh.

Martha Stewart appears with two equally fierce-looking toy canines on the cover of her "Color" issue: the bitches are back! Every Day with Rachael Ray presents a new shorter, darker 'do for Rachael-holics to digest. Read more »

Been there, done that

Reading between the beats of Rollin' with Dre
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REVIEW Bruce Williams and Donnell Alexander's Rollin' with Dre (One World/Ballantine, 192 pages, $25) is a strange and sinister book. What makes it strange is that it's actually about Williams, who worked as a bodyguard, valet, personal manager, and confidante for Dr. Dre. It's his biography, not Dre's, so it falls into the category of an insider's tale. Read more »

CC Riders

Scott MacDonald traces Canyon Cinema's decades-long zigzag
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LIT When filmmaker Bruce Baillie founded Canyon Cinema in the early 1960s, it was a backyard bohemia to show artisanal films and drink wine with neighbors. But it quickly took root as a cooperative serving the needs of a movement of underground filmmakers. Read more »

You'll go blind doing that

Solitary Vice wants you to put the book down and go play
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ISBN REAL Nobody knows better than writers that there's nothing inherently special or ennobling about reading a book. Read more »

Shorts

Speed Reading, American Photo Booth, and Tempest Tales
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SPEED READING

AMERICAN PHOTO BOOTH

By Näkki Goranin

W.W. Norton

224 pages

$29.95

A character on the Bush-era TV show The Hills once suggested churches' confessionals be turned into photo booths. That idea sums up today's brand of American narcissism, if you're feeling pessimistic. Read more »