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Required Reading: Rodes Fishburne

After reporting on the publishing experiments turning up around San Francisco, we asked the city’s writers what they’re reading these days, and they were happy to share. Look for Required Reading every week. 

While living in a remote tent camp in Alaska, Rodes Fishburne was left stranded for 21 days after a severe storm. During that time, the San Francisco author of Going to See the Elephant read War and Peace cover to covertwice. These days, Fishburne tastes are entirely modern and tend toward much shorter reads, some just 140 characters long.

Required Reading: Sasha Wizansky

After reporting on the publishing experiments turning up around San Francisco, we asked the city’s writers what they’re reading these days, and they were happy to share. Look for Required Reading every week. 

Sasha Wizansky is a founding editor of Meatpaper, the print quarterly about all things meat and carnivorous culture. She is author of Your New Glass Eye.

Magazines: I've always been interested in periodicals, especially the quirky and independent ones, and it seems my subscription list keeps growing: CabinetEsopusBidounGastronomicaPrintDiner JournalThe BelieverMcSweeney's, and The New Yorker. My life would be pretty different if the New Yorker ceased to exist. An ideal rainy day activity is curling up on the couch with a pile of print, which, it turns out, is nowhere near dead.

Novels: I haven't really caught on to micro-blogging or other short-form communication, and too much onscreen reading makes me dizzy. A good chunky novel still has the power to seduce me, especially when it spins an old-fashioned yarn. I keep up with Jonathan Lethem's novels for his vivid and offbeat storytelling. I loved the characters and slippery satire of Chronic City.

Required Reading: Chris Colin

We ask the city’s writers what they’re reading these days and they answer. Look for Required Reading every Tuesday.

Where to Get Your Shelter Mag Fix

A few weeks ago we heard that shelter magazine Metropolitan Home was going under - just the latest in a long list of titles that have become casualties of the economic downturn.

Sfgirlbybay's Stylish Seven: DIY Books

It's been rainy and a bit dreary here in San Francisco this week, so I've been catching up on my reading! This week on Sfgirlbybay's Stylish Seven, I'd like to share some great reads I've found of late. Some wonderful DIY books, and some new design publications and blogs I've been checking out. So curl up with a cup of tea, light a nice fire and settle in for a bit of bookish goodness.

The New Des Moines-Based Readymade: Thoughts?

The deluge of shuttered home magazines has many a shelter-buff reeling, so when we heard word that there was a shift up going down with Readymade we braced ourselves for the worst. While not strictly a shelter publication, Readymade offers lots of great DIY projects for around the house, usually features at least one drool-worthy home in each issue, and can always be counted on for some good inspiration. It turns out that Readymade didn't shut down (yay!) but they did move their entire operation from Berkeley to Des Moines in order to cut costs, and lost pretty much all of their staff in the process (hmm).

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