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Cover | David Lance Goines

Year of the Snake (2013, 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 232 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 recent 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 20-gallon blood donor. His work may be seen online at

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Through April 18, The Monthly is accepting personal essays (non-fiction, first-person prose) of up to 900 words for possible publication in our summer literary issue. The theme:
What I miss
Please interpret “What I miss” in any way that resonates for you. A distinct, compelling voice is what we’re after here, along with writing that’s specific and personal. As a regional magazine, we prioritize submissions from those who live or work in the East Bay. To submit, paste your essay into your email to and also attach it as a Word document. No exceptions: include your name, email address, and phone number in the body of your email and at the top of your essay. Deadline:
Thursday, April 18

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February 2013 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Turning Green
Which is greener—paper or plastic? Cloth diapers or disposable? An SUV or all-electric car? This story helps readers start the year right by pointing out several incorrect stereotypes about what is—and isn’t—environmentally sound.
By Paul Kilduff

UP FRONT |  Blues on Seventh Street
From the 1940s through the ’60s, Oakland’s Seventh Street was home to some of the best-known blues venues in the country. Veteran blues journalist and musician Lee Hildebrand walks readers through the colorful history of the area, including his own experiences in a local band, and fills us in on a plan to install 80 plaques along Seventh Street in honor of the illustrious musicians who performed there. 
By Lee Hildebrand

BY THE BOOK |  Ariel Parkinson
An excerpt from a superbly illustrated new memoir by the 86-year-old painter, a fixture in the Berkeley arts scene since the 1940s and pal to many a famous Beat poet.

The Kilduff File |  John Kilduff
Paul Kilduff interviews his baby brother, John—the ultimate multitasker, he paints and mixes drinks while jogging on a treadmill for his daily Internet TV show—about technology, the creative process, and sibling rivalry.  By Paul Kilduff

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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 professional, personal and creative services

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

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