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Category Archives: May 2013

New Releases From MacMillan

LEADING FROM BEHIND: THE RELUCTANT PRESIDENT AND THE ADVISORS WHO DECIDE FOR HIM. Richard Miniter. Macmillan Audio. Even though Barack Obama just won his second term as president, many still … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Releases From Brilliance Audio

WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? Jeannette Winterson. Brilliance Audio. Read by Jeannette Winterson. When I saw on the cover that Ms. Winterson would be reading her own … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Caffe Puccini Does It Right

CAFFE PUCCINI. 411 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco. Graziano Lucchesi’s Caffe Puccini (named after the famed composer from Lucca) is a  North Beach institution noted for its aromatic coffees that draw … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Taste of Old North Beach

VOLARE TRATTORIA. 561 Columbus Avenue. San Francisco. (415) 362-2274. There are countless Italian restaurants in San Francisco’s famed North Beach district. Unfortunately, many of them are tourist traps where phonies … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Picaro Remains A San Francisco Landmark

Mixing Tapas with Poetry in the Mission PICARO RESTAURANT. 3120 16th Street, San Francisco. (415) 431-4089. History For the last 50 years, City Lights Bookstore, smack-dab in the center of San Francisco’s … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Travels With Epicurus

TRAVELS WITH EPICURUS. Daniel Klein. Penguin Books Epicurus has always been one of my favorite philosophers. Back when I was 12 years old, approaching Confirmation, and struggling with the mounting … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · Leave a comment
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