FRIDAY FIVE

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As the year comes to an end, we’re finding ourselves grateful for a number of things. First and foremost: We’ve very, very grateful to still be around, publishing hot takes and left-of-center pieces about Bay Area life that might otherwise get a blind eye by, say, more “traditional” publications. …

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As 2021 comes to an end, most of us are saying “damn, this year flew by” when compared to 2020’s latticework of hoopla, political unrest, and the start of a global pandemic… that would change life as we know it.

Things are looking up (sort of, kind of). 2021 saw…

FRIDAY FIVE

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Late autumn in San Francisco is a gray affair. Karla The Fog tends to stick around longer than usual, enjoying her leisurely passing in and out of the city. Rain falls in cool and calm manners; it bounces off Victorian rooftops and bodega signage in muted tones. Sunlight wanes —…

THE WEEKEND WIND-DOWN

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“The Weekend Wind-Down” is a series from The Bold Italic highlighting ways to explore the Bay Area and wind down from your stressful week. If you have an idea or tip, email us, or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

San Francisco’s smattering of car-free street corridors is among the…

FRIDAY FIVE

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Happy post-Thanks-Living day! (Now firmly in the 2020s, it seems all manner of backward to celebrate a holiday steeped in violence and colonialism… so, maybe, let’s reframe the day’s subjectivity to one about just universal gratitude — sans those puritanical nods.) …

THE BAY SNAPSHOT

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“The Bay Snapshot” is a series from The Bold Italic that showcases the current mood of the Bay Area in a picture. If you have a tip for a future post in the series, email us or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

No depiction of San Francisco life is…

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This article is part of San Francisco Confesses, a feature series dedicated to anonymous stories from locals they’d never share with their names attached.

If they’re brave enough to ask, and if I’ve been brave enough to disclose it, the first question people ask when I tell them I had…

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This article is part of San Francisco Confesses, a feature series dedicated to anonymous stories from locals they’d never share with their names attached.

“So is this a money thing or a you-feeling-good-about-your-body thing,” my friend asked, handing me a joint. He wasn’t judging; he was just curious. …

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This article is part of San Francisco Confesses, a feature series dedicated to anonymous stories from locals they’d never share with their names attached.

Every morning I wake up, crack my neck, chug cheap coffee — and pretend to be someone else. Some mornings, I’ll be a man 20 years…

Pandemic Dating Diaries

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The Pandemic Dating Diaries is a TBI series that features moments in love, dating, and sex during Covid-19 directly from our readers. Have a story you’d like to submit? Email us or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

By Anonymous

A text conversation from April 5, 2020:

Me: I’ve had…

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