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Re: “Can Poetry Unravel Capitalism?

I wish?

Posted by Ken White on 03/19/2015 at 1:04 AM

Re: “Can Poetry Unravel Capitalism?

The answer to the headline is: "No."

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mary McFarlane on 03/17/2015 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Killer Across the Carquinez

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Posted by Editor on 01/02/2015 at 7:38 AM

Re: “These People Take Books (Very) Seriously

Oh, how fun, I wish I could attend. :)

Posted by Cassandra Van Hout on 02/19/2013 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Killer Across the Carquinez

There is Truth to which is portrayed in your statements and there are false truths just to write a good novel. I am the daughter of Frank Koehler. I am here to reveal there is more to this story than meets the many of the eyes that were written about my father. As far as the nephews trying to create a disturbance in how their uncle was protrayed. What facts do you have to back up your claim. I say to you know that is a false statement. Show me the facts Ms. Cameron for I am truly interested of your true side to your story with my father.
Sincerely, Michele Koehler (

Posted by Michele Koehler on 09/30/2012 at 10:15 AM

Re: “On How Life Is

While I'm sure you know your partner's preferences in this regard, Barabara, I highly disagree with your statement. There are female comedians and performers who use the term "bitch" or even "cunt"... does that mean a male critic gets to refer to them as such in a review? There are rappers who use the term "nigger" (and no, I'm not making an analogy between this word and tranny) but does that mean a white reviewer gets to refer to them as such? There are terms used within specific oppressed communities which are property of that community for a reason, and just because someone is reviewing a book written by an author who uses a certain word doesn't mean it belongs in a review (unless it's specifically discussed within a critical social context). And to equate the word "tranny," a term which regardless of who chooses to use it, is still found to be highly offensive by many trans women when used in general parlance, to respectful pronoun usage is kind of absurd. I believe Alison is a cis woman, so, no, she shouldn't be using this slang term for a literary review and just understand that you or any other cis woman is displaying entitlement when you use it outside of a mutually-agreed upon one-on-one situation... and that's regardless of who you choose to sleep with.

Posted by Regina Kleinzeller on 08/16/2012 at 2:19 PM

Re: “On How Life Is

I believe in referring to people the way they refer to themselves. It's akin to using the pronoun someone prefers. As such, I think the use of "tranny" in this review is highly appropriate.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Carrellas on 08/10/2012 at 9:19 PM

Re: “On How Life Is

Alison, while I appreciate Kate Bornstein seemingly has no problem with the term "tranny," many trans women and some trans men do who find it to be a highly offensive, stigmatizing term. Really, it has no place in a serious review, nor is it a term which non-trans persons should throw around either to show "solidarity" or hipness. If you really want to view yourself as being a trans ally who respects your trans readers, I suggest leaving "tranny" as an inter-community term which trans women and gender variant drag queens choose to use on a person-to-person basis.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Regina Kleinzeller on 08/08/2012 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Maternity Wedding Gowns

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Canvas Bags

Posted by WilliamAyden on 07/23/2012 at 2:43 AM

Re: “Snaps and Whispers

Thanks for sharing various events with me, actually I found this while searching for Writer's Event in Byron Bay.

Posted by Byron Beach on 06/14/2012 at 2:28 AM

Re: “Welcome to God's Hotel

Indeed. Fabulous book. Wrote a review on my REC blog.

Posted by Bobby Gladd on 05/15/2012 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Solving Equations, Solving Crimes with Camille Minichino

Is this the same Camille Minichino who used to teach at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda?

If so, ask her to contact Dave Givens at Thank you and

Best Regards

Posted by David Givens on 03/22/2012 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Worlds Collide in Thomas Christensen's '1616'

Great review! I'm definitely adding this to my reading list. I love stories that tie together parallel timelines and I look forward to seeing how the photography and prose work together.

Posted by Imani Lea Brown on 03/21/2012 at 10:34 AM

Re: “The Book That Dare Not Speak Its Name

A correction: The reading on Thursday, Feb. 16, is not at Books Inc. It's at The GLBT History Museum at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco's Castro District. More information:

Posted by Gerard Koskovich on 02/15/2012 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Swap Lit Like It's Hot

Yes, some of the books that are donated are sold on ebay. They are not all given away for free. Rich W, Albany

Posted by Rich Wilkins on 01/01/2012 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Swap Lit Like It's Hot

We should keep in mind that this is a for profit business, not a non-profit. In addition, this business can't be a happy event for local libraries. While Mr. Miles and partner make a profit off the books they sell on ebay, our libraries are going to see fewer donations to their book sales. And this comes at a time when libraries are already struggling, because of funding cutbacks. I'd rather see the proceeds go to the libraries. Rich W, Albany

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Posted by Rich Wilkins on 01/01/2012 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Cookbook on a Mission

food on mission street will always sound great but watch out not to miss out on the ones futher down towards daly city papusas are good and the guests are visitors that like to try out central america! dont forget to try the bars if they still have drafts available who wants to eat anyways if there aint Beer! who else is in it for the dancing! cant the beer offer another chance at a good time without having to pretend a date with sara(unc) was great times and suds! dont miss the wharf and does it still offer angels island tours!

Posted by laotra77 on 10/08/2011 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Camp Allegory

N.B. The Young Writers' Camp at Mills College campus has 3 veteran teachers working with its 50+ young authors, sharing inspiration and experience. Tom Dunlap and Susan Lee have been leading YWC camps for more than 3 years at Mills and have extensive experience teaching multiple subjects across grade levels during the school year! It's our collaboration that makes the YWC at Mills such a positive experience. Tom initiated our relationship with Diesel Books and arranges the YWC reading there every summer. I am lucky to be working with such creative, enthusiastic, and inspirational colleagues.

Posted by klono on 07/06/2011 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Trekking the Med With Joel Stratte-McClure

To clarify, I emailed Joel while he was on that trip with his friend Judy to discuss some health concerns. He told me he was too busy with a female journalist who was doing a story on him to talk on the phone or get a fax I wanted to send him. I filed for divorce a few days later. Believe who you want to believe. I believed for far too long.

Posted by elissa nickson on 03/23/2011 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Trekking the Med With Joel Stratte-McClure

Zeus and friend? really?…
this is written by a woman who was.. ahem "traveling" with my husband while he was married to his second wife who was undergoing chemo for 12 months. The wife filed for divorce after she found out about their "trip"

Posted by elissa nickson on 03/23/2011 at 12:48 PM

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