The End of San Francisco
"Mattilda Sycamore in The Chicago Reader"
-Yasmin Nair, The Chicago Reader
Yasmin Nair talks about Sycamore's new memoir, The End of San Francisco, as a text that remembers, but also as a record of historical and cultural forgetting.
Sep 30, 2013
"Interview with Mattilda on CKUT-FM, Montreal"
Listen to an hour-long interview with Mattilda from May 2013 by following these instructions:
Click on 'Programming & Archives' and scroll down to "The Kitchen Bang Bang Law," which airs noon on Tuesda. Click on the red speaker icon beside the show name & then click on the little square computer-icon (not the red speaker icon) for 'entire show' for May 21, 2013. You should see a Quicktime mp3 screen. It'll start playing the show. If you want to save the mp3, go to 'file' on your menu and click on 'save as'. It'll download the mp3 somewhere on your computer.
May 21, 2013
"KQED's "To Do List" Recommends events with Mattilda"
The Austin Chronicle sums up Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore by saying that she's 'a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda.' Now that's a Disney movie worth watching! Sycamore is back with a new memoir titled The End of San Francisco and you can be sure that the reading will be something to talk about. Check her out Sunday at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Tuesday at City Lights in North Beach, Thursday at Pegasus Books in Berkeley, and May 9th at the GLBT Museum in San Francisco. More info here.
Apr 26, 2013
"KALW's "Out in the Bay" interviews Mattilda"
-Eric Jansen, KALW
"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, the provocative, agitated, angry, queer anti-assimilationist writer, is back! With her latest . . . manifesto? Or memoir? (even though she's still under 40!) In The End of San Francisco Mattilda deals with family, incest, gay sex work, the digital ruination of our City by the Bay, political correctness and its stifling effect on activism and even on simple conversation, and much more. Join Mattilda and host Eric Jansen for, in Mattilda’s words, another 'delicious conversation' about life, struggles, triumphs — ours and the cities we live in. (Brief audio glitch about one minute in. Keep listening, it’s worth it!)"
Apr 25, 2013
"The San Francisco Bay Guardian interviews Mattilda"
-Marke B, San Francisco Bay Guardian
"The End of San Francisco takes us on an atmospheric, highly personal through the turbulent period of the '90s and early 2000s, while asking some hard questions about the queer activism, participatory gentrification, and 'alternative culture' of the period. Along the way, Mattilda intimately delves into issues like her recovered memories of sexual abuse as a child at the hands of her father; the rampant drug use, mental illness, and hostile attitudes of Mission queer culture; the gynophobia and transphobia of many "underground" scenes, and much, much more."
Apr 25, 2013
"The Santa Cruz Sentinel interviews Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore"
-Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel
"The enormous political gains of the gay movement in the last two decades have created a large and emerging gay mainstream in American culture. And that gay mainstream has left behind a large part of the marginal radical "queer" fringe from which it came. One of the prominent voices of that fringe is novelist and essayist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, whose latest book, 'The End of San Francisco' (City Lights Books), serves as an impolite reminder that queer culture is still struggling to be part of the cultural conversation on sexual orientation."
Apr 24, 2013
"SF Weekly previews Mattilda's return to San Francisco"
-Evan Karp, SF Weekly
"There's a passage in Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi that chronicles one of his major revelations as a writer, when a stranger challenges him to record what the wind is doing through the trees without at all talking about it. Sycamore’s prose recalls that passage: Drunk on language that ought to be incomprehensible but is somehow piercingly lucid, she wails elegiac for the dream of a transcendent queer culture once glimpsed with such promise here."
Apr 30, 2013
Interview with the SF Weekly
-Alexis Coe, SF Weekly
"I think we all need to get away from where we started, even if that place was wonderful. How the hell else can we figure out something defiant and flamboyant and transformative?" -- Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discussing her new memoir The End of San Francisco with SF Weekly's Alexis Coe
Apr 17, 2013
"Mattilda in The Los Angeles Loyolan, the campus newspaper at Loyola Marymount"
-Khayla Golucke, The Los Angeles Loyolan
"A large group of communication studies professors attended the lecture and participated in the question and answer session following, expressing their enthusiasm for having such an accomplished speaker in her field come to campus. Communication studies professor Dr. Philip Wander was doubly impressed with the delivery of Sycamore's reading as well as the message of her work. 'She lapses into terribly profound moments, just deep and funny all at the same time,' Wander said. 'I love hearing the performance of the writing, and since personally spending time in San Francisco in the 1960s, I can say what she’s talking about is so accurate in its intensity.'"
Apr 15, 2013
Interview with Mattilda in "The Daily Emerald"
-Sami Edge, Daily Emerald
"The Daily Emerald," a student newspaper at the University of Oregon, Portland, interviews Mattilda about her activism, the role of the arts, differences in queer lifestyle between the 90s and now, and what she hopes to accomplish by visiting universities and speaking with students.
Apr 4, 2013
"The Stranger, Seattle, previews Mattilda's new book and launch"
Possibly the only author on the planet who has received praise from both Howard Zinn and T Cooper, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is a queer activist who makes waves with even the titles of her books—her previous one was Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Her newest, The End of San Francisco, is a crossbreed of memoir, social criticism, and a tender good-bye to a San Francisco that doesn't exist anymore.
Mar 11, 2013
"Does Opposing "Don't Ask, Don’t Tell" Bolster US Militarism?"
-Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now
In 2010, Democracy Now hosted a debate between Lt. Dan Choi and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on whether the queer rights movement should be focused on repealing the Don't Ask, Don’t Tell law. Celebrating the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Sycamore says, only makes progressive movements in the US complicit with American wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Oct 22, 2010
"SF Stories: Mattilda Sycamore Bernstein"
-Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, San Francisco Bay Guardian
"When I arrived in San Francisco in 1992, the city sheltered outsider queer cultures unimaginable in most places. Twenty years of gentrification, homogenization, and assimilation later, and yes, these cultures still exist in some form, even if they have been decimated in both density and imagination. Perhaps what's changed the most for me is that now I need to live elsewhere in order to dream."
Oct 19, 2012