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Cover | Susan Sanford

Haunted Breakfast is a drawing-based digital work by Susan Sanford. Sanford is an artist who likes to recombine ideas and objects in unexpected ways. Sometimes she can be spotted near Grand Avenue enhancing her neighbors' yards, or the shores of Lake Merritt, with impromptu art installations. In the past, she has made and shown assemblages and embroidered photographs in and around the East Bay and Marin. "Moving through the urban environment is a constant avenue to inspiration, as are the free-associative musical stylings of the Kiwi band, The Phoenix Foundation," the artist says. "Wonders are everywhere." Currently you can find her playful visual narratives in recombinant visual DNA form—both wearable and suitable for hanging—online at print-on-demand site If intrigued, search her name there, or type into your browser:

NEXT MONTH: Just in time for the holidays, The Monthly has a stash of essays from the winners of the winter essay contest lined up. Plus, My Generation catches up with Frank Biafore, aka Fabulous Frank, at Playland-Not-at-the Beach; Anneli Rufus heads to Rivoli to report on its revamp; and meet some modern-day traveling pilgrims.

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November 2015 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Berkeley by Foot
Put on your walking shoes and learn a lot with a new book about where to ramble in Berkeley as your guide.
By Lisa Fernandez.

GARDENING |  California Natives to the Rescue
These dozen species of California native plants will make you glad your lawn is gone.
By Anne Weinberger.

|  Salsipuedes
Helmed by a strong team, Salsipuedes channels Baja six blocks from MacArthur BART and is where the cactus meets the uni.
By Anneli Rufus.

The Kilduff File
|  Chip Franklin
KGO radio's talk ninja opines on politics, ratings, and commercials.
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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