Literature

On the migrant trail

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P>From 2007 to 2010, Salvadoran journalist Óscar Martínez made six different excursions on The Beast, a rusted freight train that carries Central American migrants throughout Mexico on their journey to the Southern U.S. border. His vivid, eye-opening account is now available in English, in a recently published edition titled The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail, by Verso Books.Read more »

Page turners

BOOKS ISSUE: Short reviews of great books and comics

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THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED GORE

By Dan West (Self-published, 184 pp., $13)Read more »

On the veg

BOOKS ISSUE: Isa Chandra Moskowitz is back with 'Isa Does It,' a vegan cookbook for working stiffs

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arts@sfbg.com

LIT The first thing you need to know about Isa Chandra Moskowitz is that she's a punky legend in the global vegan community. She started the DIY Post Punk Kitchen public access show in Brooklyn and (perhaps more importantly) created the vegan hub website of the same name exactly 10 years ago. While maintaining PPK she has authored or co-authored eight popular cookbooks, right up to this fall's unfussy workday vegan cookbook, Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week (Little Brown, 320 pp., $30).Read more »

Re-framed

BOOKS ISSUE: A new book showcases creative cult-movie poster art

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LIT Forget the glossy one-sheets you've seen reproduced a thousand times. Read more »

Freedom is slavery, privacy is theft

BOOKS ISSUE: 'The Circle' projects Bay Area technology culture into a dystopian near-future

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LIT Reading a book is a simple, solitary pleasure. As I sat with the thick, hardback edition of The Circle by Dave Eggers in recent weeks, I could feel its weight on my lap and watch my bookmark slowly proceed through its pages. It was a precious, visceral experience to read it, something I savored like a juicy secret.Read more »

Break on through

Michael McClure reflects on his "beast language" classic

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Fame and blame

'Room 1219' delves into film legend Fatty Arbuckle's SF scandal

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cheryl@sfbg.com

LIT Every student of salacious San Francisco history knows the tale of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Over Labor Day weekend in 1921, the silent-film comedian hosted a rager at Union Square's Hotel St. Francis (now known as the Westin St. Francis), the largest hotel on the West Coast at the time. Starlet Virginia Rappe fell ill at the party, and when she died days later as a result of internal injuries, Arbuckle went on trial (three times) for the crime.Read more »

Bikes to books

Pedal through San Francisco's literary past on this fun bike tour 

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San Francisco has been home to some of the true giants of American literature and poetry, from Jack London and Mark Twain to Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. To honor that past, 12 streets were renamed for these and other writers on Oct. 2, 1988, and there will be a 25th anniversary celebration of that dedication coming up on Oct. 6. Read more »

Holy terror

Alaskan author Tom Kizzia talks 'Pilgrim's Wilderness'

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LIT A tale of horrors so unbelievable it could only be plucked from real life, Tom Kizzia's Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier (Crown Publishers, 336 pp., $25) details the saga of self-styled religious fanatic "Papa Pilgrim," aka Robert Hale, who in 2002 moved his wife and 15 children to McCarthy, a remote Alaska community.Read more »

Hey, baby

New book adds alternative families to the facts of life

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culture@sfbg.com

LIT A new children's book with a social justice, all-inclusive approach to reproduction? To anyone who might question the need for such a thing, look no further than Toronto-based sexual health educator and writer Cory Silverberg's enormously successful crowdfunding campaign to get it published: $65,000 in one month. Not too bad to kickstart a picture book, eh?Read more »