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    1. The festival is coming to City Hall on the weekend of May 22. San Francisco may have a reputation as the literary Mecca of the Bay Area, but many renowned writers have also played an integral role in Oakland's culture, both past and present. "There has always been a strong literary tradition in Oakland," notes Oakland Book Festival co-founder Kira Brunner Don.…

    2. A Summer Nonfiction Preview

      The Wall Street JournalMay 26 10:44 AM

      Queen Elizabeth’s forgotten later years; Hemingway’s life-changing debut novel; the lure of dragon fish; a “goatish” Roman poet and a South African mystery.

    3. The former pol pals are now competing for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat.

    4. The former pol pals are now competing for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat.

    5. Funky Fashion Hybrids, Free From Precedent

      The Wall Street JournalMay 04 01:39 PM

      Drawing on influences from the absurdity of American childhood to the energy of Eastern design, he created a sartorial language of his own.

    6. Western museums have worked hard to secure loans from Iran’s collection of Modern art works, including major pieces by Picasso, Warhol and Pollock that have not been shown outside the country for 40 years.  But the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art also houses a historic photography collection that has been largely overlooked by the media. “It’s extraordinary, about 100 objects,” says Donna ...

    7. The city across the bay has shed its inferiority complex and offers plenty of reasons to visit. In fact, you can now skip San Francisco altogether, and fly to Oakland direct from the UK Oakland is changing fast. Once known merely as San Francisco’s rough-and-tough neighbour – the birthplace of the Black Panther movement and home of the Hell’s Angels – it is rapidly becoming the most fashionable...

    8. Chutzpah & Salsa, May 15 -24

      Topanga MessengerMay 05 03:49 AM

      They came to America from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Panama, Venezuela, Peru and Cuba. They came to escape dirty wars, revolution, brutal dictatorships and other new forms of the horrific persecution their parents and grandparents had faced in Europe, Russia or Syria a generation before.

    9. I’m cursed with a mind that looks at a sentence and sees grammar before it sees meaning. It might be that I’m doing math by other means, that I overdid it with diagramming sentences as a boy, or that my grasp of English was warped by learning Latin. Translating Horace ... More »

    10. BY ROBERT POZARYCKI @robbpoz The former home of the controversial Civic Virtue statue in Kew Gardens, now in the midst of a longawaited beautification project, will be rededicated to the women of Queens in the form of a plaque. read more

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