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Cover | Milton Glaser

A Woman Reading (drawing, 1983). Milton Glaser orginally made this drawing, published in Drawing Is Thinking (The Overlook Press, 2008), in response to a call for entries for the 1983 AIGA Bookshow. In the world of modern graphic design there is probably no more influential figure than the New York–born Glaser. In 2010, he was the first graphic designer to receive the National Medal of the Arts Award. His illustrations and designs for thousands of magazine covers, book and record jackets, advertisements, posters, not to mention his interior designs for supermarkets and restaurants, and his signature “” logo have placed his work in front of the entire world. For a look at some of his more notable work, also available for purchase, visit

For our December Essay Issue
The Monthly is now accepting short essays (900 words maximum) for possible publication in our December issue. The theme:

Crossing a Line

Rachel Trachten, a Berkeley reader and frequent Monthly contributor, will receive a vintage cover print from our archives for supplying this provocative topic.
To submit, paste the essay into your email to and attach as a Word document (“.doc”, not “.docx” file). Please include your name, email address, and phone number on every page. Deadline: Monday, Oct. 18.


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October 2010 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  Fabulous at 40
To celebrate The Monthly’s 40th anniversary, our team of writers fanned out across the East Bay to interview 40 local luminaries—literati, foodies, entrepreneurs, artists, community leaders, and more—about the highly idiosyncratic region we call home.  By Anna Mindess, Andrea Pflaumer, Mike Rosen-Molina, Julia Park Tracey, Emily Wilson, and Kate Madden Yee.

CRITIC’S CHOICE |  Kaleidoscope of Culture
Our quintet of culture critics recounts the past glories that underscore the vibrant local arts scene today.  By Rita Felciano, Michael Fox, Andrew Gilbert, Sam Hurwitt, and Jeanne Storck.

IN FARO’S GARDEN |  Falling Into Place
The literary gardener, a regular Monthly columnist since 1996, contemplates his arrival in San Francisco from Kansas 40 years ago—as well as, let’s see, the Count of Monte Cristo, overdue library books, iPods, and France’s famous Proust. As ever, nothing is quite as random as it seems.  By R.E. Faro.

PHOTO ESSAY |  The Big Picture
Our longtime photographers share images from their most memorable assignments for the magazine. That’s worth 1,000 words right there—but they graciously add a few more to illuminate the stories behind the shots.
Compiled by Andreas Jones

Shopping Around |  Ad Infinitum
Former Monthly editor Julia Park Tracey sat down with some of the magazine’s most faithful advertisers (some have graced our pages for more than 20 years!) to chat about what keeps their businesses healthy and humming.  By Julia Park Tracey.

The Kilduff File |  Karen Klaber
Karen Klaber, the founding mother, chief inspiration, and one-woman dynamo behind The Monthly, reveals a few of the secrets (brown rice breakfast treat, anyone?) that keep her—and the magazine—in fine fettle.
By Paul Kilduff

NEXT MONTH: An upbeat look at the state of cancer care in the East Bay.

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Editor’s Note:
a look at this month’s issue and commentary on life in the East Bay

Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories
Be East Bay: an introduction to interesting people, places and events in your community

Critics Choice: highlights of this month’s happenings in art, theater, film, dance and music

Boutique Bazaar: distinctive small shops in the East Bay

Food for Thought: local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Dining Guide: a selection of East Bay restaurants

Marketplace Home: a catalog of services for your home and garden

Marketplace Services: a catalog of personal and creative services

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

The California Legislature Assembly has presented Karen Klaber, our founder and publisher, a Certificate of Recognition in honor of our 40th anniversary issue and the work we do to promote local business and the Easy Bay Economy. Click on the image for a larger version.


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