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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Jul 25, 2014 New mixed-media works from local artists Jaclyn Rose and Carly Ealey, which explores the trials and tribulations of womanhood in this strange new world. 83 other events on Friday, July 25
 
News
San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
Film
Documentary about the famous film critic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Urban Scout
Barry Bell and Mark Quint peddle strange and wonderful stuff at their occasional sales
Seen Local
Painter spends plenty of time curating and exhibiting interesting work online
Editorial
Kevin Faulconer should follow Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ lead

 

 
 
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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. 
Monday, May 12,2014
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‘Spent’ by Antonia Crane: not-so-happy endings

Memoirs of a California sex worker

By Jim Ruland
Antonia Crane opens her new sex-worker memoir, Spent, from Barnacle Books, with one of the least glamorous, non-erotic sex scenes I've read in recent memory. 
Monday, April 21,2014
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Echoes of True Detective in three recent novels

‘Not for Nothing’ by Stephen Graham Jones, ‘The Cutting Season’ by Attica Locke and ‘Rivers’ by Michael Farris Smith

By Jim Ruland
Lately, my plate of shrimp has been True Detective. It's been at least six weeks since the season finale and I can't stop thinking about the show. I see it everywhere—even in the books I read.
Monday, March 31,2014
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Dark tales from two San Diego-area short-story writers

Reviews of ‘Black Cloud’ by Juliet Escoria and ‘What Happened Here’ by Bonnie ZoBell

By Jim Ruland
Juliet Escoria's stories feature young women at loose ends. They do ketamine or coke or heroin or meth. They drink too much and choose partners poorly.
Friday, March 7,2014
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Is ‘The King in Yellow’ the key to HBO’s ‘True Detective’?

Investigating Robert W. Chambers’ obscure collection of stories

By Jim Ruland
One of the biggest surprises to come from the first seven episodes of HBO's True Detective doesn't occur onscreen; it comes with the revelation that the wildly popular show references Robert W. Chambers' obscure short-story collection The King in Yellow.
Monday, February 17,2014
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William S. Burroughs at 100

‘Naked Lunch’ author’s feline fixation

By Jim Ruland
If William S. Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch, were alive today, he'd be 100 years old. I don't know why this factoid fascinates me so much. Maybe it's because when he died in 1997 at age 83, he looked 100. 
Monday, January 27,2014
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Remembering Sandy Hook a year later

A personal take on ‘Newtown: An American Tragedy’ by Matthew Lysiak

By Jim Ruland
Newtown: An American Tragedy is a book that takes us inside Sandy Hook Elementary and describes what happened on one terrible day.
Monday, January 6,2014
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Sole survivors

A review of ‘Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War’

By Jim Ruland
Serrano's book is filled with fascinating stories of old soldiers who are now dead and gone, dropped from thought and faded from recollection.
 
 
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