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Cover | Duane M. Conliffe

Egypt in Washington 1 (cover) and Water Lily (page 13); both digitally manipulated photographs. Egypt in Washington I was inspired by the Egyptian designs and symbols prominently featured in public spaces and architecture in Washington, D.C., the hometown of artist Duane M. Conliffe. The work was digitally photographed, composited, and printed onto an iridescent pearl coat applied to a sheet of copper. Water Lily (printed on watercolor paper) was shot in D.C.’s Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on the hottest, most humid day of July 2005, a singular flower that made the sweltering shoot worthwhile. Conliffe says he aims to create photography that reverberates his “artful soul” and that his creative process is fueled not only by passion and excellence, but a yen for big fun. Some of his favorite subjects are nature’s beauty, the human body, and fast cars. For more information and to purchase artwork, visit

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For our December literary issue
The Monthly is now accepting flash fiction—complete stories of 500 words maximum—for possible publication in our December issue. Your story must include one of the following words: “crow,” “silver,” “elbow.”
To submit, paste the story into your email to editorial@ and attach as a Word document (“.doc,” not “.docx” file). Please include your name, email address, and phone number.
Deadline: Monday, Oct. 17.

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December 2011 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  Straight to the Heart
For reasons perhaps best not to contemplate, flash fiction—complete stories told (or telegraphed) in just a few lines—is one of the fastest growing literary genres today. For our bi-annual writing contest issue, we asked local writers for their takes on the rapid-fire form. 
By Stacy Appel, Melinda Clemmons, Alisa Golden, Flossie Lewis, Toni Martin, Susan Lyn McCombs, Robert Menzimer, Richard Schwarzenberger, Deborah Steinberg. 

UPFRONT |  It’s Not Rocket Science
U.C. professor Saul Perlmutter, a longtime Berkeley resident, nabbed a Nobel Prize this fall—as science fans may recall, he headed a team of crack astrophysicists that discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe. But at home, the international celebrity is better known as the go-to guy for a bedtime story. 
By Maggie Fazeli Fard.

EAST BAY LIFE  | High Praise
A microcosm of East Bay diversity, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir includes members of several racial, cultural, and religious groups (including professed atheists). Forty percent of the singers don’t even read music. But under the dynamic direction of founder Terrance Kelly, the choir has performed in venues around the world—and on three Grammy Award–winning albums. 
By Lee Hildebrand. 

The Kilduff File |  Peter Richmond
Peter Richmond, author of Badasses, gets riled up about the post–Al Davis Oakland Raiders, boorish behavior in the stands, and our nation’s passion for pigskin.
By Paul Kilduff.

Holiday Gift Guide
From chotchkes to comestibles, our annual “shop local” advertising supplement. View it in our flash edition.

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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


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