Books, Food, Music & Art

Jonathan Paragas is a Bay Area street photographer. His Youtube Channel, kingjvpes, focuses on the artistry and technique behind film photography. I sat down with Jonathan in Benicia, CA to discuss street photography, his relationship to the Bay Area, and his mission to keep film alive. Below is an...

Forbidden Voices

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Listen to the curated playlist that accompanies this piece to hear the women of Let Her Sing. “In some ways, it’s the most natural, most legitimate thing, for a woman to sing for her child. And some countries will take the voice of a woman away,” Nazy Kaviani told me....
Hyde Street, near Turk, looks like most Tenderloin blocks. Old market on the corner, a Chinese restaurant. Grit, noise, smells, but a little better than it used to be. Unless you look at the ground, you wouldn’t know 245 Hyde Street was anything special. If you do look down, at...

From L.A. to Y.C.

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Growing up in Texas, sports and school spirit were everything. On Friday nights in my hometown, nearly all 35,000 people would gather at the high school stadium to cheer on the football team. High school boys would paint their abdomens blue, and proud parents would wear custom shirts declaring “Michael’s mom” or “Sadie’s dad.” At college, fellow students and I would spend four hours tailgating in 100-degree heat to...
As a resident of the Richmond district in San Francisco, I’d be an idiot not to embrace the Asian flavors around me. My neighborhood faves include Dim Sum, Sundubu-jjigae (soft tofu soup), Tea Leaf Salad, and banh mi. In spite of San Francisco’s vast vegetarian and plant-based population, it can be difficult to eat adventurously, meat-free. I dodge pork soup dumplings and peking ducks, whose inverted stares taunt me through store-front windows.
Afton’s love of music started early. “I always thought I had great music taste, and I prided myself on that,” she said with a playful smile. “I loved finding new bands and felt very connected personally to the artists that I listened to growing up.” Afton now looks to establish that same connection with her listeners through her music, actions, and online presence.

Silicon City

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In Silicon City, author Cary McClelland has constructed a neatly woven book of oral histories about the Bay Area and the acute problems it is facing. As tech money and employees have streamed into San Francisco, many long-time residents have been evicted, out-priced and forced to move further and further away, dispersing and destroying once deep-rooted communities.