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Cover | Mark Stock

Bellhop, 1984 (oil on canvas). Image courtesy of Modernism Inc., San Francisco. Realist painter Mark Stock is widely recognized for his distinct butler motif, which his biographer and art historian Barnaby Conrad III characterizes as possessing a certain noir-meets-Chaplin flavor. "A master of the realist narrative style," Conrad wrote about his friend, "Stock uses color, shadow, and line to amazing effect. Details in facial inflection, body language, and background tell you there's more going on here than rapture, scandal, and dangerous liaisons. These paintings keep you coming back for another look, for clues to life's emotionally charged moments." Born in Germany in 1951 where his father was serving in the U.S. Army, Stock lived the transient childhood of an Army brat, and landed in California in 1976 and eventually made Oakland his home. He died unexpectedly in March. His work is represented by Modernism Gallery, 685 Market Street, San Francisco, which has up Mark Stock: Lives of the Butlers: Memorial Exhibition, a collection of his butler paintings, through June 21.

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JUNE 2014 Issue:
Table of Contents

SUMMER ESSAYS |  I've Never Told Anyone But . . .
Bay area writers offer different takes on a writing theme for The Monthly's summer essay contest.
Essays by Stacy Appel, Margo Peller Feeley, Kathy Hrastar, Jill Koenigsdorf, Robert Menzimer, Irene Sardanis, and Rachel Trachten

MY GENERATION |  Get Fit Without Killing Yourself
A common-sense approach to eating and exercise works wonders, and Lydia De Jesus Juarez and other local residents and experts share how and why the regimen achieves results.
By Brenda Cruz.

|  How Berkeley Can a Play Be?
Playwright Dan Wolf makes Berkeley the star of Shotgun Players' Daylighting: The Berkeley Stories Project. Contradictory ideas emerge.
By Sam Hurwitt.

|  Michel Bistro
Real French food, not the faux stuff, comes to a Lakeshore Avenue bistro where pastis is the reigning beverage of choice.
By Anneli Rufus.

The Kilduff File
|  Johnny Steele
A funny guy discusses his latest antics and a new documentary.
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

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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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