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January 2020

Funeral Game

January 8 @ 8:00 pm - January 19 @ 8:00 pm
Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
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$14 – $40

Bread & Butter Theatre presents the world premiere of Funeral Game, by Lana Palmer. Two sisters return to the family cabin to decide its fate. As they negotiate the present and future, they must inevitably account for the past.  Funeral Game is a moving, lyrical journey through memory and omission, love and grief, lost and found, and the overwhelming power of family history. Featuring Rachael Richman and Emma Attwood. Directed by Bruce Avery.  

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You’re Going to Die presents: A 10 Year Anniversary Event

January 18 @ 8:30 pm - January 19 @ 8:30 pm
The Independent, 628 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$18 – $20

Sat, Jan 18, 20208:30 PM  Sun, Jan 19, 20201:00 AM The Indepedent (map) You're Going to Die Presents: a YG2D 10th ANNIVERSARY EVENT!!!! featuring Whiskerman & more TBA soooooon.... Doors at 8:30pm Show at 9pm Ends after midnight @ The Independent 628 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA 94117 21 & over $18 ADV - $20 DOOR TICKETS ONSALE 10/11 @ 10am: http://bit.ly/2LJflnF For its 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, You're Going to Die offers a mortally conscious & enliveningly entertaining experience, proudly presenting…

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Gibby Haynes / Me and Mr. Cigar

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from his new novel Me and Mr. Cigar published by Soho Press From the wild and wonderful mind of Gibby Haynes—world famous Butthole Surfers front man/lyricist and self-proclaimed eternal Texan adolescent—comes the surreal tale of seventeen-year-old Oscar Lester and his trusted dog, Mr. Cigar. Oscar and his dog have made a pretty good life for themselves, despite the fact that Oscar's family has all but vanished—his father is dead; his mother has a new boyfriend. His older sister, Rachel,…

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Bikes to Books Winter Beer Social

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bender’s Bar and Grill, 806 So. Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, 94110
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Join Nicole Gluckstern and Burrito Justice, the creators of literary bicycle tour “Bikes to Books,” for an evening of socializing, beer drinking, and map chat—the first of a series of “Bikes to Books” events and meetups planned for 2020. Bicyclists, book-ists, beer-ists, urbanists, history buffs, transit nerds, and (honestly) anyone else are welcome! Begun as an homage to the 1988 naming of 12 streets for artists and authors who’d once called San Francisco their home, this collaboration between arts journalist…

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David Talbot / Between Heaven and Hell

January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, The Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, journalist and historian David Talbot turns inward in this intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke, a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him. In his signature voice and with powerful storytelling,…

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On Ecology and Spirituality

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CIIS Public Programs, 1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$10

Throughout history, seekers, shamans, and mystics have found spiritual inspiration in the natural world - in wild places at the margins of human culture. Indigenous, Native, and Aboriginal groups that have long identified immanent, animate power in plants, animals, and abiotic features of the landscape such as rivers, rocks, and cliffs. In the 21st century, it is essential to reweave and reinvigorate spiritual connections with the landscape. Spiritual ecology encompasses the internal, subjective, emotional, mystical or religious connections between humans…

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Tom Lutz: Born Slippy

January 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Tom Lutz discusses his new novel, Born Slippy. Praise for Born Slippy "A highly literary and always engaging 21st century noir... Born Slippy confronts contemporary questions about the relativity of evil that no one can dodge."— Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick and After Kathy Acker. "Lutz has the seven deadly sins nailed and rethought for our 2020 world. You’ve got to dig this book!" — James Ellroy "What a pleasure, to sink under the comedic spell of Tom Lutz’s debut novel! The perfect book for a dreary…

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Our Voices Our Stories SF presents Ingrid Rojas Contreras

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Ingrid Rojas Contreras will join OVOSSF founder Lisa D. Gray in a conversation about her novel Conteras' novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree. About OVOSsf Our Voices, Our Stories SF began in 2014 with 16 amazing writers and four engaging book chats one of which featured Natalie Bazile of Queen Sugar Fame and the legendary Eunetta Boone, the first black woman showrunner on the Disney Channel. We bring you high-quality authors eager to share and discuss their work. The evening…

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Amber Tamblyn discusses her latest book with Saru Jayaraman

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McRoskey Mattress Company, Inc, 1687 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$20

Emmy-winning actress, writer, and Time's Up founder AMBER TAMBLYN discussing her latest book, Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution with Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage and “San Francisco Chronicle Visionary of the Year 2019” at the McRoskey Mattress Company in San Francisco. AMBER TAMBLYN is known for saying the unsayable with wit and passion. Her new book, Era of Ignition is no exception, taking on gender inequality, reproductive rights, sexual assault, and pay parity—all through the lens of her own experiences of growing up…

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Silent Book Club SF

January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Bring a book, bring a friend, and join Silent Book Club for an afternoon of reading! At Silent Book Club, there's no assigned reading. All books and all ages are welcome. We'll kick off introvert happy hour at 4pm with some light chatter and informal book recommendations before settling in to read quietly, but if you'd rather just pull up a chair and read, by all means do so. No one will be shushed or shamed. The bar will be open for late afternoon libations. Happy reading…

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Anna Wiener: Uncanny Valley

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Anna Wiener discusses her new memoir Uncanny Valley. Praise for Uncanny Valley "I've never read anything like Uncanny Valley, which is both a searching bird's-eye study of an industry and a generation, as well as an intimate, microscopic portrait of ambition and hope and dread. Anna Wiener writes about the promise and the decay of Silicon Valley with the impossibly pleasurable combination of a precise, razored intellect and a soft, incandescent heart. Her memoir is diagnostic and exhilarating, a definitive document of a world in transition: I…

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Andre Perry / Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from his new book Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now: a collection of essays published by 2 Dollar Radio With luminous insight and fervent prose, Andre Perry's debut collection of personal essays, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, travels from Washington DC to Iowa City to Hong Kong in search of both individual and national identity. While displaying tenderness and a disarming honesty, Perry catalogs racial degradations committed on the campuses of elite universities and liberal bastions like…

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Crissy Van Meter: Creatures

January 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Crissy Van Meter discusses her new novel, Creatures. Praise for Creatures “Creatures is the kind of beautiful book that makes you want to lick the salt from its pages. It's so physically present you can feel the waves hit your body, smell the sea life, hear the roar of the ocean as your hair whips around your face in the breeze. Crissy Van Meter has written a book about the complexities of love and families, yes, but it's also a careful look…

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Samuel C. Woolley / The Reality Game

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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discussing his new book The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth published by Public Affairs Fake news posts and Twitter trolls were just the beginning. What will happen when misinformation moves from our social media feeds into our everyday lives? Despite Samuel Woolley's warnings as early as 2013, the problem of online disinformation stormed our political process in 2016 and has only worsened since. Yet as Woolley shows in this urgent book, it may…

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Poet Danez Smith: Homie

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
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$20
front cover of Homie by Danez Smith

Buy Tickets Co-presented with JCCSF Award-winning poet Danez Smith (Don’t Call Us Dead) is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects and performative power. A poet, performer and multidisciplinary artist, Smith has galvanized diverse communities nationwide with their profound contemplations on race and gender, desire and mortality. Join Smith as they read from and share their new collection, Homie, a magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship at a time when our country is overrun by violence, xenophobia…

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Lizzie O’Shea: Future Histories

January 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Lizzie O'Shea discusses her new book Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology. Praise for Future Histories “Before we became big data bundles for the lackeys of Dorsey, Jobs, Zuckerberg, and Bezos, to exploit, the digital revolution seemed to promise a democratic utopia, a commons in cyberspace not governed by neoliberal norms. Can we realize that revolutionary dream and stop desiring our own domination? Incredibly, yet thrillingly and plausibly, Lizzie O’Shea…

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The Wig Diaries Reading and Book-Signing

January 30 @ 6:30 pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Mary Ladd will be hosting a reading and signing copies of her new book, The Wig Diaries, at Folio Books.

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Author Mary Ladd in conversation with Author Leticia Hernandez

January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Folio Books, 3957 24th St
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Mary Ladd, author of The Wig Diaries, will be in conversation with Leticia Hernandez, author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl. The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, it intimately address the gravity of cancer and invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery,…

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Carmen Maria Machado with Esmé Weijun Wang

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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in conversation and celebrating the release of Carmen Maria Machado's In The Dream House published by Graywolf Press In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming. And…

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The Map to Wholeness: A Conversation with Suzy Ross

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CIIS Public Programs, 1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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? ? ? The seemingly random events that comprise our lives can be understood as serving a higher purpose when examined through the proper lens; they are in fact the critical steps that comprise our hero’s journey. Those who choose to travel this path will emerge completely transformed—healthier, happier, and in touch with their life’s purpose. Author and professor Dr. Suzy Ross draws on her extensive research to create a map for those ready to embark on their most important…

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February 2020

Obi Kaufmann at Night of Ideas

February 1 @ 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Avenune
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102 United States
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Night of Ideas

Litquake is proud to again partner with San Francisco's annual edition of the global marathon event Night of Ideas (Nuit des Idées), at the city's Main Library. Presented in collaboration with the French Consulate in San Francisco, San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and KQED, this free seven-hour marathon of philosophical debate, talks, performances, and music features top thinkers from San Francisco and beyond, in a format designed to spur dialogue on the theme “Living on the…

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Joshua Yaffa in conversation with Amanda Silverman

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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The Bindery hosts Joshua Yaffa for his new book Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putins Russia. He'll be in conversation with Mother Jones editorial director Amanda Silverman. Please join us! Please note: This is a ticketed event, to be held at The Bindery (1727 Haight St.). The price of admission may be applied, at the event, toward the purchase of Between Two Fires, or to a beverage at The Bindery's bar. Advance tickets are highly encouraged -- tickets are not guaranteed to be available at the door. "Unforgettable .…

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Jennifer S. Hirsch / Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Jennifer S. Hirsch, co-author with Shamus Khan of the new book Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus. Please join us! Sexual Citizens is a groundbreaking study that transforms how we see and address the most misunderstood problem on college campuses: widespread sexual assault. The fear of campus sexual assault has become an inextricable part of the college experience. And for far too many students, that fear is realized. Research has shown that by the time they…

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Ocean Vuong with Tommy Orange

February 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$29
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Showered with critical acclaim, Ocean Vuong’s 2016 poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds cemented his status as a young new voice. His equally beloved debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, is a stunning portrait of family, love, and the power of storytelling. Written as a letter from a son to a mother, the book asks perennial and pressing questions about race, class, masculinity, addiction, and trauma, all with the characteristic care and love that Vuong lends the page. Born in Vietnam and raised…

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Brooke Barker & Boaz Frankel / Let’s Be Weird Together

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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$15
front cover of Let's Be Weird Together

Booksmith holds a special in-store event with Brooke Barker (Sad Animal Facts and Sad Animal Babies) and Boaz Frankel, creators of the new book Let's Be Weird Together. Please join us! Please note: This is a ticketed event, to be held at Booksmith (1644 Haight St.). The price of admission is equal to the cost of Let's Be Weird Together, which is included with each ticket. Advance tickets are highly encouraged -- tickets are not guaranteed to be available at the door. Conversations made up entirely of inside jokes. Netflix passwords,…

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Author Mary Ladd in conversation with Peter Lawrence Kane

February 4 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, it intimately address the gravity of cancer and invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful in its unvarnished honesty and contagious lust for life exemplified by hilarious anecdotes.   A uniquely fresh modern and black comedy take…

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Mary Ladd: The Wig Diaries

February 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Mary Ladd disucusses her new book, The Wig Diaries, with Peter Lawrence Kane. Praise for The Wig Diaries "I love this book."--Mary Roach, author of the books Grunt, Stiff, Spook, and Bonk "This looks like a hoot and a half. I want more."--Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), author of A Series of Unfortunate Events "Clear-eyed, fun, and reassuring, it's the perfect guide "--Vanessa Hua, author of A River of Stars and Deceit and Other Possibilities About The Wig Diaries The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd's…

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Cutting Up The Century: A Burroughs Birthday Miscellany

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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with Joan Hawkins, Alex Wermer-Colan, Peter Hale, and Jon Longhi celebrating the release of William S. Burroughs Cutting Up the Century Edited by Joan Hawkins and Alex Wermer-Colan published by University of Indiana Press William S. Burroughs Cutting Up the Century is the definitive book on Burroughs' overarching cut-up project and its relevance to the American twentieth century. Burroughs's Nova Trilogy (The Soft Machine, Nova Express, and The Ticket That Exploded) remains the best-known of his textual cut-up creations, but he committed more than a decade of his…

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Elaine Kahn

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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reading from her new book Romance or The End: poems published by Soft Skull Press Romance or The End takes up the tools of romantic narrative in order to perform the rupture between self and story that occurs at the onset of trauma. Using known and pathologized literary arcs, Elaine Kahn unspools the fundamental instability of truth, love, and language to create an experiential portrait of narrative's power to both disfigure and restore. ROMANCE or THE END This is a book…

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Alexis Coe / You Never Forget Your First

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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front cover of You Never Forget Your First

Booksmith welcomes back Alexis Coe (Alice + Freda Forever) for her new book, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington. Please join us! Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down -- even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips…

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