Author: mfernquest

#WeLoveBookstores: A movement to save the cultural heart of our neighborhoods

By Katrina Fadrilan Many Bay Area natives hold a special memory of their local, neighborhood bookstore; whether it was buying a copy of Howl from City Lights, relaxing in the hammock on the back porch of Feldmans and sorting through their new stack of books, or crowding into Moe’s with all 20 other UC Berkeley comparative literature majors for poetry flash on a Thursday night. In countless ways, b...

Garagiste Bay: Yes, there is good wine coming out of Central CoCo County

By Amy Glynn I’m on a small stage in a swanky art gallery fashioned from an orphaned Wells Fargo branch—there’s a weird and wonderful installation in the vault, snacks are being served from the teller’s counter, paintings and sculptures spring up like a flush of tasty wild mushrooms from the decaying remains of Finance and all of this spells a metaphor we definitely need more of. A live jazz band ...

Denial: A ‘presumed positive’ story

By Katherine Butler Day One: It’s allergies. You wake up and stare at the bright morning sun. Are you awake? Have you slipped through the multiverse into an alternate time frame with a pandemic and a living sock monster as president? It’s hard to tell, because your head feels like it’s been filled with balloons and rainwater. Your six-year-old calls out to ask if he can watch Pokémon before homesc...

Grind On: East Bay coffee culture continues despite Covid-19

By Amy Glynn Pattern recognition 101: Jack London Square, early morning. The steely grays of the sky and water meet the steely grays of the Bay Bridge in a fog dense enough to spatter my shoulders like rain—a fantastical composition of liquid; solid and vapor all in one color. By 10am the marine layer will be gone, replaced with high, brilliant skies. Beautiful in its own right, that high-def arti...