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"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviewed in The Brooklyn Rail"

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of The End of San Francisco, shares what she learned while writing, a really important part of the book and much more with Kathleen Rooney.

-Kathleen Rooney, The Brooklyn Rail Feb 5, 2014

"Interview on the award-winning internationally distributed weekly LGBT radio program"

This Way Out: 10 Years of US marriage equality + "The End of San Francisco" A-Infos Radio Project

-Radio4all Dec 3, 2013

"An interview with the rad queer author and activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore"

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discusses how critique is an act of love, and much more from her book The End of San Francisco.

-Allison Francis Nov 29, 2013

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviewed in In These Times"

Sycamore discusses queer politics and how San Francisco is a not a carefree utopia for queer people. 

-Yasmin Nair, In These Times Oct 23, 2013

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore in The New York Times"

Sycamore discusses trans rights and gay rights in the opinion page in The New York Times. 

-Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, New York Times Oct 15, 2013

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviewed in The Badger Herald"

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore talks with Aliya Iftikhar about her work and identity politics. 

-Aliya Ifthikhar,The Badger Herald Oct 3, 2013

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviewed on ChicagoPride"

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, discusses her book The End of San Francisco. 

-Gregg Shapiro, ChicagoPride Oct 3, 2013

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviewed in Windy City Times"

Sycamore talks with Yasmin Nair about her recent work, "faggot" as a word, and The End of San Francisco. 

-Yasmin Nair, Windy City Times Oct 2, 2013

"Mattilda Sycamore in 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. 

-Yasmin Nair, The Chicago Reader Sep 30, 2013

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviewed on Berkeley's KPFA 94.1"

Dean Spade, Kenyon Farrow and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discuss the focus on Gay marriage, gay's in the military and the mainstream of the gay movement on KPFA 94.1. 

-Dean Spade, Kenyon Farrow and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, KPFA Jun 30, 2013

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore interviewed in The Rumpus"

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discusses  her book The End of San Francisco in The Rumpus 

-Mairead Case, The Rumpus Jun 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.

-CKUT May 21, 2013

"Jessica Hoffmann and Peter Cochrane discuss Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's new memoir The End of San Francisco on Bombsite"

"The End of San Francisco begins and ends with intense wants for recognition and connectivity. Throughout, there isn't one part where she is disengaged from this intensity. But that want for more, for something deeper, for integrative relationships and structural change, which is so often mistaken for cynicism, is fueled by love and aspirations."

-Jessica Hoffman, Peter Cochrane, Bombsite Apr 29, 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.

-KQED Apr 26, 2013

"KALW's "Out in the Bay" interviews Mattilda"

"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!)"

-Eric Jansen, KALW Apr 25, 2013

"The Monterey Herald interviews Mattilda"

Wallace Bain's interview with Mattilda for the Santa Cruz Sentinel runs here, plus an excerpt from the book.

-Wallace Bain, The Monterey Herald Apr 25, 2013

"The San Francisco Bay Guardian interviews Mattilda"

"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."

-Marke B, San Francisco Bay Guardian Apr 25, 2013

"The Santa Cruz Sentinel interviews Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore"

"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."

-Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel Apr 24, 2013

"SF Weekly previews Mattilda's return to San Francisco"

"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."

-Evan Karp, SF Weekly Apr 30, 2013

"Mattilda's 2nd interview on KPFA's Flashpoints"

Mattilda discusses her memoir with KPFA's Dennis Bernstein.

-Dennis Bernstein, KPFA

"The Advocate: Conversation between Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Amber Dawn"

Authors Amber Dawn and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discuss queer identities, cycles of violence, and how we're shaped by the people and places that surround us in this revealing author conversation.

-Sunnivie Brydum, The Advocate Apr 18, 2013

Interview with the 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

-Alexis Coe, SF Weekly Apr 17, 2013

"Mattilda in The Los Angeles Loyolan, the campus newspaper at Loyola Marymount"

"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.'"

-Khayla Golucke, The Los Angeles Loyolan Apr 15, 2013

Interview with Mattilda in "The 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.

-Sami Edge, Daily Emerald Apr 4, 2013

Interview on KPFA Berkeley's "Flashpoints"

Mattilda weighs in on the national legalization of gay marriage, and discusses her new memoir with Dennis Bernstein.

-Dennis Bernstein, KPFA Apr 2, 2013

Seattle's "The Stranger" previews Mattilda's book launch at Elliott Bay

"Mattilda is a gender-fucking tower of pure pulsing purple fabulous . . . "

-Adrian Ryan, The Stranger Mar 29, 2013

"The End of San Francisco" featured in "The New Civil Rights Movement"

The New Civil Rights Movement previews Mattilda's new book and tour!

-Stuart Wilber, The New Civil Rights Movement Mar 29, 2013

"An excerpt from The End of San Francisco in Stance"

Stance: A Journal of Choreographic Culture based in Seattle excerpts Mattilda's new memoir and highlights her upcoming event at Elliott Bay.

-Stance Mar 12, 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.

-The Stranger Mar 11, 2013

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: Anyone You Come Into Contact With"

An excerpt from Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's The End of San Francisco, published in the California College of the Arts literary journal Eleven Eleven.

-Eleven Eleven, California College of the Arts Feb 18, 2013

"Does Opposing "Don't Ask, Don’t Tell" Bolster US Militarism?"

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.

-Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now Oct 22, 2010

"SF Stories: Mattilda Sycamore Bernstein"

"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."

-Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, San Francisco Bay Guardian Oct 19, 2012

"Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore Reading"

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reads excerpts from The End of San Francisco at Modern Times Bookstore.

-Mark McBeth Projects, Vimeo Sep 28, 2012