A congregation of bunny hopping, chicken dancing, brown-bagging, denim-on-denim-wearing college kids and their mopey girlfriends gathered at Book Zoo last night for The Gutenberg’s mid-release party. Their humble objective? To “provide an alternative journalistic venue dedicated to re-establishing a tradition of integrity and enthusiasm—eradicating the scourge of apathy in Berkeley’s current print culture.” Whew.

Student readings ranged from a blithe Kerouacian account of one boy’s brush with death at the hands of a Craigslist rideshare, Barret Baumgart’s reconciliation of “the books in our back pockets with the shit on our plates,” and a another boy’s stick-it-to-the-Gay-avenger diatribe entitled “There Will Be Blood … and Glitter.” Made us wanna be a Sedaris.

Two local bands played sets. Folk rock outfit Yellow Souls seamlessly wove the word “oscillate” into their lyrics several times, though we still think “seesaw” is a more effective way to convey the same verb. Glass Cake was great too, but we’re suckers for quartets of tank-topped boys accompanying biting, angry female frontwomen. Glass Cake frontwoman, we don’t know your name, but damn you’ve got some pipes.

In other news, go to Book Zoo and buy some goddamn books. The Clog scored three hardback volumes of Proust for ten bucks. Just saying.

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Image source: Pink Sherbet Photography under Creative Commons

This is how we all feel when we read, right? Forget the unflattering flourescent lighting of Main Stacks or the unforgiving boldface type of your biology textbook–let’s all take a leaf out of LeVar Burton’s book and remind ourselves that reading is FUN! (Especially in Berserkley, where bookstores nearly outnumber sane people.)

So, without further ado, the Clog presents our thoughts on some of the bookstores around Berkeley (and yes, several conveniently close to campus). Now there are no more excuses–go buy yerself a novel and get eddicated! read more »


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At the corner of Alcatraz Street and Telegraph Avenue sits a magical book vault called Book Zoo. At the risk of gushing, we’ll just say this: their dollar section is seriously psychic.

We’ve also seen some pretty innovative (and free) music acts at this place, including Sacramento’s Agent Ribbons and an improvised four-piece symphony played from the four cardinal points. read more »