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B.J. Novak's Hilarious Debut Story Collection

We all know B.J. Novak's adorable face from The Office, but now the actor, screenwriter, director, and executive producer is adding short story writer to his ever-growing list of talents. In his debut book, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (released by Knopf on Feb. 4), he tells oddball tales of friendships, missed connections, historic roasts, celebrity intel, and more.

Fine-Art Photographer Jerry Takigawa Contemplates Our Disposable Society

When artist Jerry Takigawa, 68, saw a jarful of plastic pieces retrieved from the entrails of an albatross at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, he had an epiphany:

This Week's Hottest Events: Lucius, Maya Rudolph, and RuPaul's Drag Race

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Isabel Allende
Chilean-American author (and local) Isabel Allende takes the hot seat at the Jewish Community Center

Must Read: Local Author Molly Antopol's The UnAmericans

In her incredible first book, The UnAmericans (W.W. Norton) out February 3, local author Molly Antopol has established herself as a key player in the Bay Area literary scene, and the whole country has already taken notice.

This Week's Hottest Events: Dark Universe, Martha Graham, and Magik*Magik

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Mitzi Pederson at Ratio 3
For "3:43," Mitzi Pederson adapted the gallery floor as her studio space for weeks, draping and stretching tulle and sometimes trapping it beneath slabs of concrete sparkled with glitter.

Twerking Around the City with Fitmob

After a few months of beta testing, local company Fitmob officially launched yesterday in San Francisco. The goal? To bring top fitness trainers together with the community for fun neighborhood workouts that get you out of the gym and on the city streets instead. It's a win-win proposition.

This Week's Hottest Events: Dogpatch Microhood, Woodcraft Weekend, and the Science of Cocktails

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The Long Now, now
Brian Eno and Danny Hillis have been thinking about long-term thinking for 20 years now.

Connu Brings Short Stories to Your Phone

Book club types and lit lovers can rejoice—there's a new way to stay on top of what's trending in top short story fiction today. Connu (which means "known" in French and which is the company name approved by none other than Margaret Atwood!) posts one short story a day, each recommended by an established author. Launched in November, the app curates the crowded book marketplace by hand-selecting one story at a time as a way to ensure that each featured emerging writer is given his/her proper due.  

SF Artist Kota Ezawa Recycles His Own Imagery to Create New Art

Art can be recycled. So says Japanese-German artist Kota Ezawa, who sometimes repurposes his own imagery—he recently produced a light box from his 2006 computer vector drawing Nan and Brian in Bed.

This Week's Hottest Events: FOG Design+Art Fair, Downton Abbey, and Gary Shteyngart

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"All Possible Futures"
This group show explores the potential of graphic design, questioning the boundaries of concepts, processes, technologies, and forms.

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