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The Giants, Stephen Curry, and Hillary Rodham Clinton: 2016 was a Tough Year for This Heroes Section of the San Francisco Public Library

Monday, November 21st, 2016

SFPL, Park Branch, Haight Ashbury, USA. (Thanks, Andrew Carnegie, sort of.

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(Oh, maybe that’s not for our San Francisco Giants.)

Anyway, sometimes you win the most games in a year or win the most votes in an election, but you don’t end up winning the big prize at the end.

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Well, if You’re Going to have PROPAGANDA, it might as well be STAR WARS PROPAGANDA

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Much cheaper at the Costco I’m sure, than here.

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Sit On It, Frisco! – Books and Seating for Free, From Detroit, With Love

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

As seen on Market, during the Dreamforce

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Area Conspiracy Theorist and SALON Founder David Talbot Goes Off the Deep End – New Book Goes “Inside the Plot to Kill JFK”

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Here’s what HarperCollins went for:

The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government

And here’s just one clause, addressed to:

“Those resolute voices in American public life that continue to deny the existence of a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy…”

So, Oliver Stone had JFK,* and now David Talbot has this.

And so, if you think it’s possible that Oswald acted alone, as he did before (trying to assassinate a retired general earlier in 1963) and after (killing a Texas peace officer shortly after shooting JFK twice)**, then YOU crazy, then YOU in denial. Is that how this works?

And the way to earn respect from both Stone and Talbot is to start believing in a JFK conspiracy theory – any theory will do. ‘Cause believing in any crazy theory means that you don’t believe in the hated “official version” of how JFK was murdered.

And that’s good enough for them.

And what’s the official version? IDK. It starts with the Warren Commission, but it doesn’t end there. The official version is our best guess of what happened based upon what we’ve learned the past half century.

So that’s that. All’s what left to do is to wait for the book tour to wind up on KQED Forum…

Yours, in denial…

*Where do you want to start with the JFK? Here? Here?

**Oswald, the former Marine Corps marksman, was a gun nut who liked shooting military and paramilitary authority figures – it was his thing. For example, before he shot and killed Commander-in-Chief JFK, he shot retired U.S. Army General Edwin Walker (with the rifle Oswald bought mail-order, the very same one he used to kill JFK). And then, after he shot and killed JFK, he shot and killed Dallas Police Department Officer J.D. Tippet and then he attempted to shoot Dallas Police Department Officer N.M. McDonald.

“OPEN DOOR, OPEN BOOKS, OPEN MIND, OPEN HEART” – City Lights Booksellers, North Beach, San Francisco, California

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

On Columbus near Broadway:

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Huge Stacks of Steve Jobs Biographies Form a Shrine at Costco, Right Next to the $1.50 Hot Dogs

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

See? And this isn’t even the book section, which has another big pile of these tomes.

As high as an elephant’s eye:

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Oh and here’s the unaired Saturday Night Live Steve Jobs skit, featuring, in a way, Charlie Rose, Mark Zuckerberg, Arianna Huffington, Reed Hastings, and Rupert Murdoch.

OMG, Meet Adam Savage at Main Library on November 2: One City One Book – Packing for Mars

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Adam Savage, co-host of the television series MythBusters, will be on hand for a conversation at our Main Public Library at 6:00 PM on November 2, 2011.

It’s all a part of One City One Book, which looks at Packing for Mars this year.

And oh, Smitten Ice Cream Moon Pies are involved. Deets below.

Adam Savage packing for Mars: 

All the deets:

Mary Roach in conversation with Adam Savage

Wednesday, November 2 at 6pm, SF Main Library – Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., 557-4277

What happens when one of the funniest and smartest authors around gets interviewed by a MythBuster? Hear which space legends might be as combustible as urban ones when Mary Roach and Adam Savage chat it up about Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, San Francisco’s One City One Book selection for 2011.

Before the conversation, enjoy the premiere of Rockets of Yesterday, an eye-popping video tour of 1950s and 60s rocket dreams, curated by archivist and space enthusiast Megan Prelinger.

Mary Roach is the author of the bestselling books Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. She lives in Oakland, California.

Adam Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters.

Packing for Mars will be available for purchase from Readers Bookstore and Mary will be signing after the program.

Note: Seating is limited. Doors will open at 5:45pm.

Plus, an extra sweet partnership:

Smitten Ice Cream in Hayes Valley – the folks behind that space age-y liquid nitrogen fueled instant ice cream maker — is making a special new space-themed flavor, Moon Pie, to coincide/partner with San Francisco Public Library’s annual One City One Book which this year is Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. A space themed ice cream flavor for a space-themed book!

The Moon Pie flavor will be a marshmallow ice cream with chocolate and graham cracker cookies. Yum.

The Library will be setting up a table outside Smitten’s shop next Thursday (10/27) and Friday (10/28) at 4 p.m. and Saturday 10/29 at Noon, giving away some free copies of the Packing for Mars book to the first handful of people who order the new Moon Pie flavor. Smitten is located at: 432 Octavia Street at Linden in Hayes Valley.

Plus, the Library’s big One City One Book event on Nov. 2 (Author Mary Roach in Conversation with Adam Savage) at the Main Library will feature an extra special prize treat courtesy of Smitten.”

Llama Llama Red Pajama: Which Books Are Your Mayoral Candidates Reading Right Now?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The Reader’s Review has the answers, excepting for Ed Lee and Michela Alioto Pier, who couldn’t be bothered.

Assessor Phil Ting‘s choice:

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Isn’t It a Shame that People Have to Wait Until 12 Noon to Get Into Our Main Public Library on Sundays?

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Yes. Yes it is a shame.

Just look at these poor wretches, queuing up for the big library to open.

Shouldn’t this place open at 9:00 AM instead, you know, on Sundays?

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I think so.

OMG, Drinks + Books! It’s IMBIBE at the Marina Branch Library, June 17th

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

All right, get ready for the next IMBIBE – deets below

IMBIBE at the Marina Branch Library, June 17th, 7-10 PM

Eat, drink and be literary at a library cocktail party

San Francisco, CA— On June 17th, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present IMBIBE—an after-hours library cocktail party for Friends members.

Throw on that spare spacesuit you have hidden in the back of your closet and join us as we celebrate the launch of this year’s One City One Book—Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by acclaimed local author Mary Roach, who will be on hand to chat and stargaze with partygoers.
Guests can enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks in the Marina Branch stacks, talk at full volume and generally ignore library taboos—moon walking is encouraged. Party perks include a space-themed photo booth and giveaways of Packing for Mars. The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will have a telescope or two set up outside, so fingers crossed for clear skies!

Open Bar provided by Anchor Steam Brewing, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and Coit Liquor.

IMBIBE at the Marina Branch Library promises to be a party of astronomic proportions.
Follow us into the void and IMBIBE on June 17th!

About IMBIBE

IMBIBE is a quarterly event series where Friends Members are invited to mix and mingle amongst the stacks with special literary guests, all while enjoying complimentary food and drink in some of the most beautiful, newly-renovated branches in the San Francisco Public Library system.

Discover new and exciting resources at your library. For more information visit act.friendssfpl.org/Imbibe or call 415.626.7500.
ADDITIONAL IMBIBE DATES
September 30th: Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch
December 2nd: Potrero Branch
MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION:
IMBIBE is free for Friends Members.
Current members, please RSVP to Imbibe@friendssfpl.org
Non-Members can join the party by signing up online or at the door. For a limited time, Friends is offering a special, mid-year, 18-month Membership. Visit https://act.friendssfpl.org/midyear or call Mary Abler at (415) 626-7512 x107 for more information.

Friends Membership provides year-round funding and support for San Francisco Public Libraries. Support the Library and join Friends today!

WHAT: IMBIBE at the Library

WHERE: Marina Branch Library
1890 Chesnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
WHEN: Friday, June 17th, 7-10 PM

COST: FREE for Friends Members (includes hosted bar)
RSVP to Imbibe@friendssfpl.org Friends Memberships begin at $35+