Woodstock memoir misses the beat

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Woodstock — the massive music festival of 1969 that radically challenged the way we experience music — has been recreated and relived so many times since that a book depicting who Woodstock’s creators are today seems like a new and natural extension of the concert’s narrative. The title and persona Read More…

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Rowling makes magic again with ‘The Silkworm’

Any J.K. Rowling novel is bound to come under an avalanche of scrutiny simply for appearing post-Potter. Thankfully, the main character of her newest novel, “The Silkworm,” published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith last month, is Cormoran Strike: a 6-foot-3 former soldier with self-proclaimed “pube” hair who is tough enough Read More…

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A two-male fairytale breaks ground in children’s literature

Let’s think back to bedtime stories: thin, hardbound books stacked atop the bedside table, unassuming but full of magic, wisdom and fantastical stories. Mother Goose, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and fables, princes slaying dragons, kings marrying off their fairest daughter to the most worthy suitor and the new royal couple Read More…

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“Fourth of July Creek” a haunting debut novel

The spotlight of contemporary American novels is often rotated towards the vivid and chaotic life of modern cityscapes. As urban centers, these settings teem with characters and conflicts continually colliding like molecules heated in a confined space. Left in the shadows then, are stories of the small, rural and often Read More…

In Prose and Poetry: “Pageant of Youth”

Author Irving Stone opens his first and perhaps least-known novel with a stunning scene of Berkeley. He writes, “The clean white buildings of the campus drowsed vibrantly in the mid-August sun, their red-tile roofs spotted against the russet Stockley hills. Below, the fragile blue platter of San Francisco Bay, with Read More…

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In Prose and Poetry: Berkeley literature then and now

In Allen Ginsberg’s 1955 poem “A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley,” he writes, “All afternoon cutting bramble blackberries off a tottering brown fence under a low branch with its rotten old apricots miscellaneous under the leaves, fixing the drip in the intricate gut machinery of a new toilet; found a Read More…

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Leaders East Last

“People gave me silly advice, like ‘do what you love.’ And I was doing the same thing, but I didn’t love it anymore.” As an author, public speaker and organizational innovator, Simon Sinek never stops sharing what he has learned. In an interview with The Daily Californian, Sinek explained his Read More…