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The Struggle for Literacy, the Need for Booze, the Bay Area Book Festival

As the Bay Area Rapid Transit escalator carried me upward, toward the first annual Bay Area Book Festival (6th and 7th, June), I repeated my new mantra. I would buy no books.

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Tough and Tender - The Top 20 Female Performances of 2008

Twenty talented ladies, 20 performances worthy of multiple little gold men. Unfortunately, as in all years, someone has to come out on top. But after looking over this impressive list, picking the preeminent turn of 2008 seems almost impossible.

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Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart

Revealing the complex processes that make a wide variety of flowers available in markets across the world, what's found often isn't so beautiful.

Jessica Partridge
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A Fairy Tale Childhood: An Interview with Guy Maddin

The Canadian cult director Guy Madden talks with PopMatters about family, childhood, memory and his cinematic Gesamptkunstwerks that often look like damaged artifacts dredged up from an archive of lost 1920s and '30s film.

Robert Loerzel
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My Winnipeg

Snow and ice fill the frame in My Winnipeg, Guy Maddin's ookily brilliant evocation of his childhood.

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