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San Francisco stories : great writers on the city
Miller, John.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [1990]

Physical Description:
x, 299 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Central Library PS572.S33 S27 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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It falls down. It burns up. It goes Beatnik in the fifties and crazy in the sixties. It stays elegant throughout. Every city has its stories, but San Francisco seems to have more than most. From Jack Kerouac on working on the railroad to Anne Lamott on getting kicked out of the cafe scene, and from Jack London on the 1906 earthquake to Tom Wolfe on the acid tests of the 1960s, San Francisco Stories collects the most outstanding writings about the city from some of the most distinguished authors of the last 150 years.

Author Notes

John Miller has edited a number of intriguing anthologies for Chronicle Books, including Lust and White Rabbit. He runs Big Fish Books, a packaging company in San Francisco.

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Booklist Review

In 1875, Trollope said, "There is almost nothing to see in San Francisco that is worth seeing." Eighty years later, Kenneth Rexroth declared, "If I couldn't live here I would leave the United States . . . so fast!" In between, Alice B. Toklas grew up there, Ambrose Bierce dyspeptically sputtered and rhymed about the town's events, Jack London reported the 1906 earthquake and fire, H. L. Mencken attended the 1920 Democratic National Convention that "made history for its voluptuous loveliness [sic!]," and visiting Dylan Thomas raved, "You wouldn't think that such a place as San Francisco could exist." They do it all over again in this very impressive collection that also includes more recent writings such as Frances FitzGerald on the city's gay community, Randy Shilts on the murders of Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone, excerpts from SF-set novels in prose by Ishmael Reed and Amy Tan and in verse by Vikram Seth, and much else. Splendid reading and, it must be admitted, great advertising for Baghdad-by-the-Bay. Contributor biographies appended. --Ray Olson

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