Scott Esposito

SF Station Writer

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Ken Auletta's Backstory
By Scott Esposito (Jan 15, 2004)
Jayson Blair fabricates stories for America's largest daily paper. Fox News sues Al Franken over his satirical, book-length blast at the right-wing media. American reporters ride into war alongside troops in Iraq. It seems recently the media [i]is[/i] the news as much as it reports the news. This includes big media business, now just as much part of the multinational corporate landscape as defense, high-tech and automobile companies. For a plugged-in citizen trying to disentangle these media alliances, biases and motives while struggling for a comprehensive view of the world... More »
J.M. Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello
By Scott Esposito (Dec 15, 2004)
After a long Nobel-award-winning career spent exploring the dark crevices of human emotion, what's left for J.M. Coetzee to write about? How about an old novelist who at the end of an illustrious career searches desperately for meaning in her life's work? If that sounds a trifle self-absorbed, then call it enlightened self-absorption. More »
In hard times, many local libraries and charities lean on book donations.
By Scott Esposito (Nov 15, 2003)
When most people think of bookstores, they think of places that sell books, not places that give them away. But in little more than a year Half Priced Books, which has three Bay Area locations, has donated one million books to Feed the Children, an international organization that combats illiteracy as well as hunger. More »
Non-Profit Publishers Prefer to Stay Small
By Scott Esposito (Sep 15, 2003)
Look at the basic numbers, and you'll know instantly that non-profit publishers do things differently. For example, the 12 employees of Berkeley's Heyday Books work long hours to publish a mere 20 titles per year. If a title sells in the hundreds, it's a success; one of their runaway, break-out-the-champagne bestsellers, Gary Snyder's High Sierra, sold a whopping 6,000. More »
David Lipsky's Absolutely American
By Scott Esposito (Aug 15, 2003)
If America ever became subject to a military dictatorship, it just might end up looking a lot like its premier military academy, West Point. And that's not such a bad thing from David Lipsky's point of view. More »
SF's Homegrown Festival Leaves Little Time to Rest
By Scott Esposito (Aug 01, 2003)
A recent study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that Bay Area residents spend more money on books than residents of any other region in America - twice the national average. It may be no surprise that we read a lot here, but it's less well known that we write a lot, too. The Bay Area is home to over 300 presses and has some of the best book distributors in America. More »
AK Press Brings Unique Titles to the Bay Area
By Scott Esposito (Jul 15, 2003)
A comic book detailing the United State's history of militarism. The autobiography of a criminal/hobo from the turn of the 20th century. An anthology of anarchism. A manifesto advocating the destruction of the male gender, written by the woman who attempted to murder Andy Warhol. Welcome to the world of Oakland's AK Press, where some of the Bay Area's most unique books are being published. More »
Some of the best literature in the Bay is happening a dial turn away...
By Scott Esposito (Jun 15, 2003)
Fortunately, the Bay Area is blessed with some fine local literary radio shows that regularly feature Bay Areas writers, many of whom fly right under the radar of the standard NPR shows. These shows might not be extremely high profile, but they're packed with literature and they're definitely worth checking out. More »
Eric Schlosser's Reefer Madness
By Scott Esposito (Jun 15, 2003)
Eric Schlosser's new book, Reefer Madness, is about America's black market and it seems to resemble that very thing it seeks to understand. Like the black market, Reefer Madness is full of shadowy, slightly hidden things you will find appealing, but, also like that market, Reefer Madness feels incomplete. More »
T.C. Boyle's Drop City
By Scott Esposito (Jun 01, 2003)
In the 1960's, hippies wanted to drop out. Not out of school, mind you, but out of society. And so they joined communes where they could leave behind the overbearing, drab world of modern America, fall off the face of the Earth, and end up leading a self-sufficient life of living off the land. Unbeknownst to most hippies, some Americans were already doing just that, and, in fact, had been doing so for years. More »
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