City Lights may well have the richest literary heritage of any independent bookstore in the United States. Inhale, and breathe in the history of Beat literature. City Lights is, arguably, where it all began. In San Francisco. It was founded in 1953 as a bookstore-publishing house by poet Lawrence . . .
From the looks of things around this website and blog, you'd think I was still in India. No, we're home. And we're back to our regularly scheduled programming here on the blog. A little snarky, a little inspirational, a little naughty. We missed nearly all of November, so we really got to enjoy . . .
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a retired California Highway Patrol investigator who had a chance to shoot this incredible photo from atop the Golden Gate Bridge. It took four long years to build this iconic span that connects San Francisco with its northern counties and it was welcome . . .
Draft essay, unfinished, written in the summer of 2002: I drove my brand new BMW to the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur yesterday. There was something anachronistic about the half a dozen drummers pounding a tribal rhythm while shimmering young women clad in little more than metallic paint . . .
I was trying to explain British artist Banksy's street art to my husband the other day. "Ok, so you're saying that he does graffiti? That his ruining of public property is worth a lot of money?" Well, yeah, I guess. He's known for stenciled graffiti work, but I guess I never really thought of . . .
Sometimes, the simplest decor tells the whole story. The brightly labeled contents of these tomato cans were used to make tomato sauce and the re-purposed to serve as a colorful pot for geraniums, waving their happy heads in the sunshine. This simple display vibrates with Italian intensity and joy. . . .
I was just two years old when Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti founded City Lights bookstore in North Beach section of San Francisco. It was 1953 and no one could have predicted where the Beat movement would take literature. Ferlinghetti is now 94 years old--still alive and kicking in San Francisco. He . . .
I wrote this months ago, before BART went on strike. BART is a "rapid transit" train that many people in the San Francisco Bay area take to work. But not near enough, because it doesn't go into Silicon Valley, a major work center for the millions of people who live in the greater Bay area. Despite . . .
People keep asking me about things in Southern California, as if I'd know. The truth is, I've been to southern California only a few times. Less than a dozen, actually, and never for longer than a few days.And the real truth is that there's a divide in the state, many divides, actually. We are so . . .
Big Sur isn't everyone's cup of tea. Are you surprised? It's in the middle of nowhere, around miles of winding curves. There's a sheer drop off to the west. It can be scary to drive, if you're not used to it. It takes a long time to get there...45 minutes just from Carmel. Sometimes, . . .