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The Contextual Issue

Mayhem in the Mission District

Doug Gilbert

By the time I got into the Mission district, things had already been going for some time. On Mission Street, people were throwing bottles at a vacant cell phone store, busting out the windows. The crowd was massive and, for the most part, very intoxicated. Most were decked in Giants gear, and many appeared to be in their early to mid-20s.

Vignettes of the political tensions running through San Francisco’s World Series celebration riots.

Straight-up Old School Rappity Rap

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Next up in our series about some of the most notable 90s rap babies of the moment is Joey Bada$$.

Simplicity returns to the runway. Is this “the new normal”?

In General, I Could Probably Lighten up a Little Bit

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Dan Allegretto chronicles what he learned this month regarding staying sane in a claustrophobic city of socialites, dating apps, and dissatisfaction.

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My Fox News Addiction

Justin Glawe

While covering the unrest in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown, I was asked if I’d be willing to appear on radio or TV. Events were unfolding so quickly that media outlets were looking for anyone and everyone to go on camera and talk about what was happening there. I was happy to oblige, despite having never been interviewed by anyone other than small town radio hosts. Never did I think my agreement would mean an appearance on Fox, but that’s exactly what happened.

90s Babies Rap: Vince Staples

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New technology's got us lousy with promising MCs barely over (often under) the drinking age. For those not keyed into rap's latest come-ups, we present a series introducing the most notable 90s babies of the moment, starting with Vince Staples.

3D-printed Grills, ISIS babies, and the GOP's Fake Homophobia

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Well, I'm back. Had to take the bench while the internet made pumpkin spice jokes about basic bitches for two months. The internet has had things happen on it lately. Many things. Music. Politics. Companies encouraging women to freeze their eggs and keep working. You know, the usual.

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Let this tropical playlist be your guide through the last warm days.

What it Takes to Change

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This is The Contextual Issue, in which we focus on books and literature and people who do interesting things in the world of texts, theory, writing, and reading.

October 2014

Horoscopes

The major event of this month is the eclipses. Eclipses heighten emotions and set the stage for dramatic endings and beginnings, surprises and sudden revelations.

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The Street Issue

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The Substance Issue

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The Cyborgoisie Issue

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The Post-Friendship Issue

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