By Reid Meadows Every New Year, we are confronted with the same dilemma: What must we change about ourselves in the upcoming year? Some of us lazily come up with a few ideas at the last second just to get the family off our back while others spend considerable time crafting a detailed plan of […]

Christmas Albums

Nothing can put you in the holiday spirit like a favorite Christmas song. Much like the good china, our holiday albums stay tucked away for most of the year, safely protected from dust and signs of wear; and for just a few sweet weeks we pull them from our attic and enjoy the artists that […]


In San Francisco, it seems the only way to notice the arrival of winter is the Christmas Tree in Union Square. The difference between June and December is about 10 degrees and some extra rainy days. We rarely take off our sweater but almost never put on our parka. Besides a very light dusting in […]

Walking Dead

By Katie Sue Ambellan I have a very real, unrealistic, unfounded and out-of-control fear of the undead. Zombies.  Oh god.  In a dark alley at night, the thought alone spooks me into a steady jog for the supposed safety of my house. I’ve more or less have sworn off any movie that confronts them.  Not […]

Blog Revenge

By Marcia Schneider The Count of Monte Cristo, a tale of injustice, betrayal, jealousy, reversal of fortune, and vengeance, written by French novelist Alexandre Dumas in the mid-19th century, is a rich and complex novel, set in France, Italy and the Mediterranean. It employs a huge cast of characters, and weaves the contemporary history of […]

A John Waters Holiday

Its that time of year again! Getting an ulcer at the thought of spending the holidays with your (allegedly) dysfunctional family? Well put the “fun” back into dysfunctional with the master himself: John Waters. Born in Baltimore in 1946, Waters rose to fame in the early 70s with his transgressive cult films. As the famed […]

Thanksgiving Survival Kit

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Like it or not that means a solid month of uncomfortable family get-togethers, stressful travel disasters, and failed attempts at replicating Grandma Carol’s famous sweet potato pie.   As John Wayne one said, “Pilgrim, you cause a lot of trouble!” But never fear! Friends of the San Francisco Library […]

Glenn Danzig Loves Books and French Onion Soup

By Katie Sue Ambellan I’ve just returned from an AWESOME weekend at the Fun Fun Fun Festival in Austin, Texas where incredible bands like Hot Snakes, Murder City Devils, Slayer, Thee Oh Sees and Turquoise Jeep played rocking sets.  Also, Ryan Gosling was there and he was, like, standing next to me.  NBD. Glenn Danzig […]

Election Day!

Nothing goes better with politics than a splash of Hollywood–just ask Ronald Reagan or Arnold Schwarzenegger! As San Francisco politicians eagerly await the results of months of exhaustive phone banking, The Readers Review calmly sits back, grabs a bucket of popcorn (extra butter) and delves into the San Francisco Public Library’s DVD collection to take […]

There is no doubt about it; we’re entering the silly zone. In case you hadn’t noticed, November 2011 to November 2012 is election season for our city and for ahem…the Country. If reading the profiles of San Francisco’s mayoral candidates whetted your appetite for politics, then you may like our list of must-read books about […]