From records to CDs, the music biz got fat--Bill Flanagan's new novel, 'A&R,' explains why the good times are finally over.
Fool's Paradise: Two new books try--and fail--to analyze the new bohemians.
Numbers Game: Characters add up in Aimee Bender's 'An Invisible Sign of My Own.'
Socialist Superstar: A new biography looks back at the life of one of America's great political activists.
Walk on The Wild Side: With enough stamina and ability to improvise, anybody can walk the whole of our coastline.
French Tickler: David Sedaris finds humor at home and abroad in 'Me Talk Pretty One Day.'
News: System Enabling
Controversy blankets a new California proposition to get drug offenders out of jails and save taxpayers a bundle.
Metropolis News Extras
: Worker shortage at local restaurants grows as cost of living continues to skyrocket. Cupertino
: CUSD kicks off exchange program for teachers from Spain. Campbell
: Former Willow Glen resident comes to the rescue on Hawaiian ocean. Willow Glen
Making the Cut: Who needs the three R's when we can learn important stuff at Scissors Clinic?
Public Eye: Jury bursts Pandori's pipe dream. Mayor Ron opens his own Ex-files. 'Tiano the Terrible' behind bars.
Work: Icons from another dimension.
Tributes and Terminitus: Following a charming 'Lost in the Stars,' Marin Alsop leads the Cabrillo Music Festival orchestra in a big-bang finale.
Taking Poison: The Power to the People tour at Shoreline rekindles one critic's unabashed teenaged love for Poison.
Aural Fixation: Bay Area bands line up to rock the X Games in San Francisco.
Audiofile: Reviews of new CDs by Robyn Hitchcock and Kindness.
Storm the Box Offices: In John Waters' 'Cecil B. DeMented,' radical film-lovers strike a blow against the homogenous hegemony of Hollywood.
Right on Target: Patrice Lecontes' 'Girl on the Bridge' balances the loss and luck of love.
Running on Empty: The Abbie Hoffman story, sanitized for popular consumption.
Bad Omen: Holier-than-thou supernatural thriller 'Bless the Child' doesn't have a prayer.
Court Jesters: Four comedians earn their crowns as 'The Original Kings of Comedy.'
Something Fishy: Photographer Michiko Kon reinvents still lifes at her SJ Museum of Art show.
Late Bloomer: Palo Alto's version of Hong Kong Flower Garden has some growing up to do before catching up with its culinary counterpart.
A La Carte: Hot time, summer in the city.
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