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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore takes place near City Lights; I think it might be a fictionalized version of it. The locations and people in this novel are described lovingly and with uncanny accuracy. It’s almost as good for immersing yourself as strolling through the area. Graphic designer protagonist Clay Jannon finds himself working in said […]

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Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

We watched this a few weeks into Shelter In Place, and I could not get over the emptiness of the Financial District. At the time, it seemed wildly inaccurate… but the joke appears to be on me. Roughly the last third of Sonic the Hedgehog takes place around a vacated Market Street, and I’m noting […]