Written on the Dock of the Bay: January 31, 2011
After centuries of attempting to find zine databases online, I realized the most productive search engine would be to exit the internet kingdom and relocate myself into the animal kingdom -- the one with people in it. With arms swinging wildly, I ran to the San Francisco Public Library, where I was greeted by the Little Maga/Zine Collection. This collection houses 4,000 zines. A fun fact about the number 4000: It is a large number. I recommend you, my reader and zine lover, head on down to the Marjorie G and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center on the sixth floor of the library to visit it yourself. As the website states, "No appointment is necessary." I am glad to know that looking at zines is unlike visiting a dentist.
Speaking of the San Francisco Library, there will be a literary speed dating event held at that wonderful library on February 1st for straight folk, and on February 2nd for the LGBT community. Those who attend should bring a book they love, or hate. This will unleash an unstoppable conversation, followed by a future date, and then marriage, and then eight children! Or, you know, not. Speed Dating begins at 6pm, and ends speedily at 7:45PM. This event is open to those twenty and over. Sorry, kids.
Love KALW'S Rose Aguilar? Then you should show it on Tuesday, February 1st. 2011 at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at 1644 Haight Street at the Booksmith in San Francisco. Rose Aguilar, along with Peter Richardson, author of 'A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America' will lead a media monopolization discussion entitled “Citizen Journalism and the New Media Ecology.” Stop by the Booksmith at 7:30PM to offer a solution to media consolidation and help me become less scared for our future, please.
If you're like me, you might sometimes find yourself thinking, "Man, walking up steps is hard! I joined the cross country team in high school hoping to get better at this, but now I am at an art school and drawing pictures of stairs is not helping!" Well, next week you'll get your chance on February 3rd at Book Inc, located on 2275 Market Street. Adah Bakalinsky and Tom Downs will read from their books 'Stariway Walks in San Francisco' and 'Walking in San Francisco.' Adah Balalinsky is the self-proclaimed queen of San Francisco stairways. No democratic election has yet been held for her to earn this title, but that is alas the joy of self-proclaiming yourself queen. During his walking adventures, Tom Downs has used up a lot of shoes, and he's mighty proud of this feat. Or, feet, if you're into puns. But I rebel against puns, and will avoid making one, so there. However, you can Enjoy more puns on February 3rd at Book, Inc.