Author Archives: Oaktowner

The Life Deliberate: We’ll Drink Coffee During the Revolution

The Life Deliberate We’ll Drink Coffee During the Revolution by Anna Clark illustration by One Neck I ARRIVED at Boston’s Haley House in early 2005, expecting to stay five months. My lukewarm commitment testifies to my doubt that this place … Continue reading

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Under the Covers: Jonathan Franzen Will Never Write a Novel in This Town Again

Under the Covers Jonathan Franzen Will Never Write a Novel in This Town Again by Carla Costa illustration by Nicole Neditch IN THE YEARS since the publication of his last novel, The Corrections (2001), Jonathan Franzen has talked so much … Continue reading

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Earth Balancing: Affording a Green Budget

Earth Balancing Affording a Green Budget by Elka Karl illustration by Michael Wertz IN MANY WAYS, we’re lucky that the environmental movement has recently been streamlined and slickified by the design mavens who’ve incorporated organic cotton and sustainably forested black … Continue reading

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Birth Control for Both of Us

Birth Control for Both of Us by Aneesa Davenport illustration by Liz Harris THE FIRST TIME I had sex, crashing in a friend’s guest bedroom, I didn’t tell my parents that my boyfriend was there too. We hadn’t planned ahead, … Continue reading

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Two-Wheelin’ in Tinseltown: On Cars, Class, the Planet, the System and Riding a Bike in L.A.

Two-Wheelin’ in Tinseltown On Cars, Class, the Planet, the System and Riding a Bike in L.A. by Jessica Hoffmann illustration by Chris Lane IT’S ANY GIVEN HOUR, any given day in Los Angeles, and there’s a long line of shiny … Continue reading

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Recipe: Easy Alterations and Advice for Fat Girls Who Thrift Shop

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Portfolio: The Repair Work of Claudia Tennyson

Roadside Elixir Installation, Headlands Center for the Arts 2005 Portfolio: The Repair Work of Claudia Tennyson I AM a chronic closet cleaner, ritualistically purging objects from my life that no longer serve a supposed functional purpose, despite their stored memories. I’ve … Continue reading

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Are Five Artists Better Than One?: In Pursuit of Collective Genius

Are Five Artists Better Than One? In Pursuit of Collective Genius by Meredith Tromble illustration by Marie Rich ALTHOUGH SOME futurists look to engineered neurochemicals to accelerate human ability, 21st century artist collectives are taking a low-tech, social route to … Continue reading

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Meat Donuts and Ceramic Gold Teeth: The Yo-Yo Reporter Takes the Oakland Art Challenge

Meat Donuts and Ceramic Gold Teeth The Yo-Yo Reporter Takes the Oakland Art Challenge by Elka Weber illustration by Trish Laguna WHEN MY friend Heather and I arrive at Bootling Gallery, the keg is pretty much gone. Crystal Morey and … Continue reading

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Seeing Things: Paperrad Messes up My Closet

Seeing Things Paperrad Messes up My Closet I fear clutter, visual or otherwise, so I am surprised at how much I like Paperrad. Neon computer animations, comics, books and posters that appropriate My Little Ponies and Troll dolls, installations that … Continue reading

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