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China Girl and Other Stories

China Girl and Other Stories is local author Ho Lin‘s most current release. The very last story, “Charge”, is my favorite, beginning on a BART car and walking the reader through some very recognizable Bay Area relationships. China Girl on the whole is strong because of its relatability, but reading something that makes you think […]

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Ant-Man (2015)/Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Both Ant-Man movies spend a good amount of screen time in the Pym family’s Victorian, which is all royal purple and dark wood inside and out. There are also quick and Disney-money-beautiful shots of the Haight, the Presidio, and, in Wasp, a long sequence at Pier 39, as crowded as ever. Oh, and a guy […]

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

I took the overnight Amtrak route whenever I went home as a student. I’d reach my parents’ house at a barely reasonable hour, and the last leg of the trip would coincide with the sun coming up over the ocean. The railway out there is literally on the coast. Those early morning sunrises are the […]

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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 […]