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LGBTQ-Friendly Catholic Mass & Hot Cocoa Social Dec 24, 2014 Dignity San Diego invites you to a LGBTQ-friendly Christmas Eve Mass presided by Fr. Don Greene in Clark Chapel. A Hot Cocoa Social will follow so that all can mingle in an atmosphere of holiday cheer. All are welcome. 43 other events on Wednesday, December 24
 
Sordid Tales
How can so many people be wrong about something for so long?
There She Goz
Children’s center is training tiny, adorable consumers
Seen Local
City takes a slow and careful approach to the public-art gem
News
Rosemary Summers succeeded in 2013, and her parents want justice
The World Fare
Kearny Mesa Chinese place serves the best potstickers and xiao long bao in town

 

 
 
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Monday, December 8,2014
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Lindsay Hunter’s ‘Ugly Girls’ raises the stakes

Short-story writer’s debut novel is sensational

By Jim Ruland
In Lindsay Hunter’s sensational debut novel, Ugly Girls, Baby Girl and Perry are high schoolers from Hell. Perry is the pretty one. Baby Girl seeks a different kind of attention.
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.
 
 
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