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Q&A with Daniel Chavarría

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Daniel Chavarría’s Adios Muchachos (245 pages, $13.95) is the second work of "Cuban noir" from Akashic Books, following their 1999 publication of Outcast by José Latour. Adios Muchachos is a comic mystery that left me giggling as the bizarre and unpredictable story took its final twist. Though the book is set in Havana, the international [&hellip
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San Francisco Bizarro Portrays the Weird City the Dotcommers Tried to Kill

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Like Times Square and the East Village of yore–places that used to be homesteads of the unwanted, fucked-up creative pilgrims from everywhere else–San Francisco has had its streets paved with Disney and dotcoms in recent years. But just like Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes uncovering the old New York, there still exists the [&hellip
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A Pleasantly Unassuming Interview with British Rockers Coldplay

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When British bands come here they get all confused. Over there, folks like their rock stars to boast about being the preeminent band in the universe and compare themselves favorably to the Beatles. We like our rock stars to be rehearsing for their VH1 Behind the Music show in a self-effacing Matchbox Twenty kind of [&hellip
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Homoeroticism and Christian Doctrine: A Talk with Novelist Henry Flesh

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Henry Flesh What inspired you to write something so sci-fi in nature as Michael? I don’t really see Michael as science fiction, particularly since there’s no actual science involved in it. Rather, it’s a fantasy, somewhat mythical, a homoerotic take on contemporary Christian fundamentalists’ eschatological theories of the end of the world. At first glance [&hellip
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Talking with Michelle Tea, Chronicler of Hip Young Dykes

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Writer and performance artist Michelle Tea’s Valencia (Seal Press, 256 pages, $13) is an hilarious, poignant and straight-shooting book that reads like an HBO Undercover episode on hip young dykes in San Francisco. Not content to preach only to the converted, however, Tea went on the road as a cofounder of Sister Spit, a traveling [&hellip
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Author Lauren Sanders Discusses Porn, Euthanasia, Masturbation, Etc.

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Anything labeled queer fiction used to frighten me. Lauren Sanders’ Kamikaze Lust, put out by Akashic Books last spring (287 pages, $14.95), falls under that gay heading, but after the first page my fear was vanquished. It could be the Bjork of crossover books. It’s funny, daring, freaky and way cool. And yeah, there’s hot [&hellip
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