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The True Stories Lounge: Awesome Essayists visit the Make-Out Room

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So I’m broke and don’t have cable (cause you know, I can just watch it online if I really wanted to, I mean…what? [insert mischievous smirk here] ). So I’ve been reading a lot more lately. Well, not just because I don’t have cable, but because I’m actually a freelance journalist, mostly magazine writing, and have had this growing urge to read everything and anything possible– whatever will help me expand my mind and refine my own personal writing style. So I have been really into reading essayists, some witty, others political, and some even spiritual.

On Friday, September 9, the Mission District’s Make-Out Room will be hosting The True Stories Lounge, featuring numerous essayists, journalists, and other such amazing writers that will each read some of their works. While the host, Evelyn Nieves, is a veteran journalist formerly reporting for the Washington Post and the San Francisco Bureau Chief of the New York Times, you can only image how good the featured writers are.

Readings include a wide-range of subjects including Burning Man adventures, the British resistance and role in World War I, the dangerous U.S.-Mexico border, and even San Francisco as a beautiful, inspirational source to one novelist’s writing career.

Among those featured include: Joyce Maynard (featured in New York Times Magazine), Adam Hochschild (co-founder of Mother Jones), Gary Kamiya (co-founder and former executive editor and a national and international affairs columnist for, Alicia Erian (author of two fiction books, “The Brutal Language of Love” and “Towelhead.”), Tyche Hendricks (Bay Area journalist, currently an editor at KQED and a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s J-school) and Steven T. Jones (city editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Burning Man expert).

The Make-Out Room, located between Valencia Street and Mission Street in the Mission District, hosts a variety of events including Latin Night, Soul Night, 80s Night, Comedy nights, and even, as we see here, Literary nights. The venue is a local favorite for its broke-ass-friendly nature and delicious drinks.

True Stories Lounge Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., SF CA Friday, September 9 Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30pm $10 cash at the door Seating is limited, 21 years + only


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Paulette Greenhouse is a journalist and graphic designer, obsessed with her beloved pet hedgehog, Lisa Pickles. Seriously, she can talk about that prickly little princess for days! Paulette enjoys fashion, music, and art (cool points are gained if DIY). Although she tells outsiders that she lives in San Francisco, Paulette actually lives in nearby Pacifica because she can't afford to be that cool. The truth is she hates money and believes that it is source of many major problems in the world. But since society has made money so damn important for adequate survival, she slaves away at a lame local corporate restaurant, receiving crappy tips from people even cheaper than she is. (damn!) But above all, Paulette believes in giving exact change– it's a way of life!