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Cover | David Lance Goines

Year of the Dragon (2012, solid-color blockprint, printed by letterpress in an edition of 500). David Lance Goines was born in 1945 in Grants Pass, Ore., and has lived and worked in Berkeley as a printer and graphic designer since 1965. He has designed and printed 226 posters for local, national, and international businesses, as well as graphic work for many private clients. He is the author of five books, collaborator on three, and his work has been the subject of six others. A new book, published by Dover, is available in local bookstores: The Poster Art of David Lance Goines, A 40-Year Retrospective, 1968-2009 (Dover, 2010). Goines is also a 19-gallon blood donor. His work may be seen online at

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The Monthly is now accepting personal essays (non-fiction, first-person prose) of up to 900 words for possible publication in our summer literary issue. The theme:
What you don’t see

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February 2012 Issue:
Table of Contents

|  Occupied Territory
Members of the old guard at Cal, home of the free speech movement, share system-bucking insights from back in the day. Today in their 60s and up, many of these seasoned protesters have taken active roles in the Occupy movement. Now they’re hoping that the current crop of earnest young activists can move beyond tent cities and the 99-percent slogan. 
By Mike Rosen-Molina.

BY THE BOOK |  A Theory of Small Earthquakes
An excerpt from the just-released first novel, set in the Bay Area, by Oakland’s Meredith Maran.

You don’t have to be a reality-TV hoarder to benefit from professional home organizing. With the right systems, shelving, or sage advice from an everything-in-its-place guru, any living space can become more comfortable and efficient.  
By Jeanne Storck. 

The Kilduff File |  Stanley Roberts
The righteous KRON reporter of “People Behaving Badly” fame on the pleasures and pitfalls of shooting miscreants in the act.
By Paul Kilduff.

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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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