“The literary equivalent of a summer night, a good friend and a gin-and-tonic: Shannon is a deft writer; a natural storyteller with a wicked turn of phrase and frighteningly specific memory...”

Download Shannon's story, "Beautiful Boy, Brandon Lee," in its full length, excerpted from her book, Smash, Crash & Burn.

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Things I Hadn’t Tried In San Francisco

My mom lived in the bay area from the time I was 9 until I was 29. Here’s what I’ve done there: Poured a concrete slab with my stepdad Guido on Old Tunnel Road before the fire burned down his

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Do You Always Think You Should Be Somewhere Else?

We’re on our family summer trip where we must MAKE MEMORIES, dammit! We’re “doing” the California coast. We’ve hit Santa Barbara, in El Capitan and are currently in Monterey on our way to San Francisco! Today we drove the 17-mile

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