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Black Friday: A Reflection of American Consumerism Nov 28, 2014 An art show focusing on the most consumerist day of the year featuring works from Julia Gomez, Scott Genglebach, Melissa Graham and more. There will also be performance artists, acoustic music and poetry readings. Proceeds benefit The Buy Art Campaign. 55 other events on Friday, November 28
 
Film
New Christopher Nolan epic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
There She Goz
Turning the tables on the catcallers
Seen Local
At SDSU Downtown Gallery, the artist will demonstrate his love of ideas rather than any one medium or message
Film
Stephen Hawking biopic leads our rundown of movies screening around town

 

 
 
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Monday, November 17,2014
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The Marlowe drive of Juniper Song

Steph Cha’s new detective novel, ‘Beware Beware,’ follows the footsteps of Raymond Chandler’s famous gumshoe

By Jim Ruland
Much like her fictional forebear, Philip Marlowe, Juniper Song drinks heavily, smokes like a chimney and calls Los Angeles home. 
Monday, October 27,2014
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Exploring ‘Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America’

A work of historical fiction with a speculative twist

By Jim Ruland

To say that Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America is an inventive work of fiction is like calling the ocean a tad salty. 


Monday, October 6,2014
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Donald Westlake’s legacy

A pro’s pro of hardboiled crime fiction

By Jim Ruland
One of my favorite characters in all of hardboiled crime is a thief named Alan Grofield, the protagonist of Lemons Never Lie.
Tuesday, September 23,2014
Fall Arts

Chuck Palahniuk on sex toys and conspiracy

Lionized author comes to San Diego for a pajama party and a raucous reading of his new novel

By Jim Ruland
It's been 18 years since Chuck Palahniuk published Fight Club and 15 years since David Fincher's film adaptation, establishing Palahniuk as that rarest of writers: a best-selling author with a cult following.
Monday, September 15,2014
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Two tales of lost innocence

Reviews of Wendy Ortiz’s ‘Excavation’ and Eirik Clark’s ‘Sweetness #9’

By Jim Ruland
How do you tell the story of an abusive relationship when you don't recognize its wrongness until many years have passed? That's the problem and central metaphor of Wendy Ortiz's memoir, Excavation. 
Monday, August 25,2014
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Two new novels with very different takes on procreation

Reviews of ‘The Shimmering Go-Between’ by Lee Klein and ‘Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend’ by Erika T. Wurth

By Jim Ruland
Klein's mastery over these two narratives makes The Shimmering Go-Between a shocking and delightful debut that will beguile you at every turn.
Monday, August 4,2014
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The enduring influence of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’

What inspired me as I wrote my first novel

By Jim Ruland
Last week, my first novel, Forest of Fortune, was published. No, I'm not going to review my own work, but I would like to discuss two of the amazing books that inspired me. 
Friday, July 11,2014
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David Goodis come out of the dark

Shadowy author of hardboiled crime gets his moment in the sun

By Jim Ruland
Goodis' stories were straightforward, and his characters tended to be working-class people on the fringes of respectability, but his prose was more lyrical and highly stylized.
Monday, June 23,2014
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‘Deep Ellum’ by Brandon Hobson: Only the lonely

A short novel about alienation in dysfunctional families

By Jim Ruland
Deep Ellum by Brandon Hobson is a haunting novel about a fractured family struggling to overcome a dysfunctional history.
Monday, June 2,2014
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‘Backswing’ by Aaron Burch is a reality check

New collection of short stories takes the pulse of middle-class America

By Jim Ruland
With Backswing, Aaron Burch reminds us that things can always get darker for those who flee from the real. 
 
 
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