‘Spying on Democracy’ weighed down by the facts of the trade

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When attempting to provide an unbiased outlook on the United States government and its politics, where does one begin? For Heidi Boghosian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild and author of “Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance,” the investigation hinges on its undisclosed facts. Boghosian’s Read More…

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Graphic novel ‘Over Easy’ emits lasting message

The ‘70s were a strange time in the United States. After the hippies had their tie-dye-tinged days in a world where everything was perfect and nothing hurt, apathy and a crippling recession led to a feeling of uncertainty about what lay ahead. Punk was on the rise, drugs and sex Read More…

Pixar president speaks at BAM about illuminating the imagination

Just three miles from the UC Berkeley campus, employees at Pixar Animation Studios recite the dictum, “Story is king.” While one might see its films as an array of dazzling, colorful scenes grounded by meticulous attention to characterization and story detail, there’s a human force behind Pixar that often goes Read More…

Post-apocalyptic novel ‘MaddAddam’ mythologizes humankind

When the apocalypse on Earth is retold from the mouths of a flawless, green-eyed, human-like species, the history of humankind becomes a drastically different story. It becomes a tangled fable of epic proportions, told from a naive perspective unaware of the suffering endured during the old civilization’s closing moments. “MaddAddam,” Read More…

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Delving into the future with ‘Office of Mercy’

Just how subjective is one’s ethical code? Ariel Djanikian’s debut novel, “The Office of Mercy,” depicts a future world in which the answer to this question lies within a government office dedicated to enforcing “mercy” using comprehensive surveillance techniques to kill people off the moment they begin to suffer to Read More…

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Art comic asks big questions through small characters

Outside of “Adventure Time” character designer Michael Deforge’s work on the popular Cartoon Network show, the Canadian writer/artist makes comics that tackle existential angst and interpersonal conflict through his unique artistic and storytelling style. In his latest graphic novel, “Ant Colony,” Deforge creates a fascinating and disturbing world filled with Read More…