Saturday, November 08, 2014

California! Part 3

Next stop, San Francisco! One hell of a gorgeous city.

We seek out all the Tales of the City spots. Here's the real Barbary Lane(Macondray Lane) and its famous staircase.


We park on steep roads to seek out the Great Westin hotel where Dashiell Hammett worked as a Pinkerton detective and where he set The Maltese Falcon; (where Bogey says the line...) 'The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter'.

Then Alamo Square park where Mike Myers says the immortal words. 'I'm afraid you're going to ki.. leave me.'

We stayed on North Beach, right next to City Lights, a bookstore opened in 1953 (and still owned) by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. 

City Lights published Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, a poem written simply for his own pleasure rather than for printing. Police moved in on City lights to prevent the sale of the book and inadvertently catapulted the Beats on North Beach to national notoriety. The case went to Supreme Court, which ruled that so long as a work has redeeming social value, it could not be considered pornographic. Within six months, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road shot to the top of the bestseller lists cementing the Beats’ fame. Ferlinghetti’s successful campaign to rename small North Beach streets after local literary figures means the legend of the Beats on North Beach will live on.

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