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Michael Chabon’s ‘Telegraph Avenue’ oversaturated, dull

It’s clear in the beginning of Michael Chabon’s newest novel, “Telegraph Avenue,” that Nat Jaffe and Archy Stallings are fucked. In fact, it is the second sentence emitted from Nat’s mouth to his co-owner of Brokeland Records, a fictional, yet realistic, jazz music store in the fold of Berkeley and
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Junot Diaz’s new fiction challenges yet delights

Published in an August issue of The New Yorker, “The Cheater’s Guide to Love” is a postmodern affair that should be taken with a grain of salt.  A cheater’s guide to love? The idea is laughable, as is his titular proposition: You’re going to allow the exact antithesis of love
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David Sedaris charms listeners with dark humor

Last Thursday night, David Sedaris talked pretty all over Berkeley. He started in the Berkeley Art Museum at a fundraiser-turned-cocktail party for the California College of the Arts, where the writer met with Stephen Beal —  president of CCA and Sedaris’ former art professor at School of the Art Institute
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GODS WITHOUT MEN

Stories intersect in the desert in Hari Kunzru’s latest novel

In contrast to the standard linear novel, Hari Kunzru’s “Gods Without Men” twitches back and forth between hundreds of years with characters that all relate and complement one another — even if they do not meet. This makes it a thought-provoking novel for the often distracted and difficult-to-impress modern reader.
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Handler’s mediocre new novel disappoints

The celebrated children’s author Daniel Handler, who is based in San Francisco, wrote “A Series of Unfortunate Events” under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket. But for his latest book, “Why We Broke Up,” he uses his real name. It’s too bad that Handler’s real name is as much of a disappointment
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Alternative Press Expo 2011

You won’t find many superheroes at the Alternative Press Expo, a yearly comic book convention in San Francisco. And if you do, they’re probably not the sort that the city deserves — big publishers don’t show up to showcase the latest Batman or Superman offerings, nor would you see much
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With Great Force

A medium simultaneously obscure and ubiquitous, the comic book is often dismissed as reading material for nerds, children and nerdy children. After all, famous characters like the X-Men and Batman constantly find their way on screen in the latest special effects-ridden blockbuster du jour, searing themselves onto the mainstream public’s
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