From our very own neighborhood publishers, the literary lights at McSweeney’s, comes a re-imagining of the newspaper and the potential of the printed page.
Out today, The San Francisco Panorama offers an ambitious, one-time-only, 320-page newspaper extravaganza, a broadsheet bursting with the scrawl of local and nationally-known writers like Stephen King, Michael Chabon, William T. Vollmann and Junot Diaz, and a heady array of innovative graphics.
More than six months in the making, the Panorama explores subjects ranging from the making of ramen to the chaos of the Afghan elections. There will be comics, pull-out posters and a 96-page book review section – “a playground of sorts for writers,” said publisher Oscar Villalon in an interview with Flavorwire.
Of more provincial interest, Mission-based writer and Sister Spit co-founder Michelle Tea profiles spell master Dori Midnight, a local herbalist and healer. Peter Plate provides an impressionistic piece on life in our city, touching down at times in the Mission District.
And a panel of neighborhood elementary school students set out to review “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” among other films.
The paper also features a large-scale reproduction of the Precita Eyes mural “Keep Our Ancient Roots Alive,” the vibrant diptych painted on Cleveland Elementary School 14 years ago. The mural depicts an ancient sequoia set with our collective indigenous roots at the base and growing with the hopes and dreams of the community.
The publication will be available for $5 only today from newsies spread across the city. In the Mission, they’ll be hawking papers in Dolores Park, and at the corners of 24th and Folsom, as well as 16th and Valencia. For the discount price, you can also stop by McSweeney’s headquarters, 849 Valencia Street inside Little Otsu, today and visit the alchemists behind the paper’s production. The Panorama will remain on sale at bookstores around the neighborhood and city for $16. Check out this map for all locations.
Come back for reviews of the Panorama and a few of its articles later today and tomorrow.