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Back to the streets

The Mission and the revolution, as lived and told by Roberto Vargas

Crazy like a Mission homeboy

Barrio Bushido author Benjamin Bac Sierra reveals his code

Eat, pray, defend chick lit

Elizabeth Gilbert isn't as lame as you think

Page street

YEAR IN LIT: A small assortment of Bay Area book highlights from 2010

Mirrors and masks

In praise of the art book during a Kindle era

Nan on Jean

WRITERS ISSUE: Bay Times "Straight Talk" columnist Nan Parks reviews the first book by the Onion's Jean Teasdale

It’s not easy being an arrogant know-it-all

WRITERS ISSUE: An excerpt from The International Homosexual Conspiracy

Moving portraits

WRITERS ISSUE: Left in the Dark illuminates San Francisco's movie-going past

They’re back!

WRITERS ISSUE: Armistead Maupin catches us up on the girls in Mary Ann in Autumn

Lost city

WRITERS ISSUE: Peter Plate's Elegy Written on a Crowded Street stares into the Market Street abyss

Past presence

Simon Reynolds sounds off about the music of hauntology

Call of the grisly

Paco Ignacio Taibo II constructs a guide to corruption in Mexico City Noir

Addicts unanimous

The urge to gorge or smoke crack is explored in two habit-forming new memoirs

Ride the Iron Horse

Author Kevin Starr sings the praises of the Golden Gate Bridge

Road rules

The Bike Snob rides into town, swinging

“Chronic” 2010

D.A. Powell brings love, longing, and lyricism back to poetic life

Pigs in Oakland

Novella Carpenter creates an urban homestead in Farm City

Point for point

Elif Batuman's Possessed charts a hidden map of Russia

From Beijing to Oakland

Writer Yiyun Li explores the language of creation and the memory of violence

Place of refuge?

Just Like Us is a story for Colorado and SF

Work it!

The "New Creole Culture" of Yvan Rodic's Facehunter dances around the G word

Divided world

Tamim Ansary's Destiny Disrupted exposes western blind sides in relation to Islam

Once every two weeks

Tired of the same old writing at the same old sites? Try Try

Dark mirrors

The black dandy beams from past into future -- sharply attired, of course