V.23 No.5 | 1/30/2014
How I Live Now
Grim survivalist drama proves teen love will survive the apocalypseInitially,15-year-old Daisy isn’t the most sympathetic of characters, spitting every line of dialogue out with snotty disdain. That changes, though, when she clamps eyes on her cousin Eddie.
Comb Your Hair
Elaine’s is the real dealAnother fine dining option comes to Nob Hill.
The Malvinas Strike Back
Just pages into Argentinian author Carlos Gamerro’s sprawling, genre-bending novel The Islands, we meet one of the most chilling and repulsive characters in contemporary literature.
V.23 No.4 | 1/23/2014
Sincerely contrived teen drama finds Vanessa Hudgens in a family wayPity the poor teenaged Disney star. Sure, they get three or four good years headlining a sitcom on the Disney Channel and a couple of pop hits out of it. But they spend the next 10 years trying desperately to shed their goody two-shoes image.
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Kichi for Tako
It's time for an interventionTako Kichi means “kite crazy” in Japanese. Kichi is a good word to know because it seems the Japanese are kichi for so many things—tea ceremonies, folding kimonos and arranging flowers—all of which involve meticulous attention to detail.
Cher Me This …
It's a new biography, man.
Most people know about Cher from her illustrious music career. Hits like “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On,” with her former husband and music partner Sonny Bono, put her in the public eye. But her solo hits “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Believe”—which, I'll admit, was a personal obsession of mine as a child—are what catapulted her to iconic status.
Cher: Strong Enough
V.23 No.3 | 1/16/2014
Joaquin Phoenix loves his new operating system. No, literally.Her is a magnificent film in many ways. You may be surprised at how hard it hits you in the center of the rib cage.
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Taking bar food to the next level in the heart of DowntownEffex Nightclub’s new offshoot provides late night eating in Downtown.
The Van Life
Sometimes, DIY tour across the country is a total disaster. But it sure makes for some entertaining reading.
V.23 No.2 | 1/9/2014
Inside Llewyn Davis
Coen brothers get musical in melancholic character studyThe Coens have always displayed a cheerful sympathy for all their characters, even the bad ones. But it’s hard to work up much empathy for Llewyn Davis.
The Art of Losing
A historical account of late 19th-century ballooning by a master novelist turns out to be a moving extended metaphor for grief.
Levels of Life
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Chan Can Cook
And Chopstix Chinese Cuisine proves itAri LeVaux checks out Jackie Chan’s favorite Albuquerque restaurant.
V.23 No.1 | 1/2/2014
The world has been ruled by men since the beginning of recorded history, and men’s thoughts have been ruled by their genitals for almost as long.
God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis
Love, Death and Other Causes of Indigestion
Searching for insight into such universal topics as love, family, work and nature, Roman Krznaric reaches back to the Greeks, through Medieval and Renaissance philosophers and on through the Victorians and modern thinkers.
How Should We Live? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life
V.22 No.52 | 12/26/2013
The con is on in David O. Russell’s hilarious history lessonWho do we hate more: the wrongdoers or the whistleblowers? The criminals or the cops?