This article about the San Francisco lit scene took a bit of the scenic route to find us here, having been written by a San Francisco author, appearing in the New York Times, and then forwarded to us by a friend originally from Arizona. But the article does a great job at pointing out some of the great literary landmarks of our fair city. Some I recognized as old favorites, but others I had never heard of. I am intrigued by this Bolerium place.
This also appeared in the Travel section and as of right now is the most emailed article of that portion of The New York Times. So we may soon be inundated by barbarian bibliophiles. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
This is my favorite bit:
“There isn’t an enormous publishing and entertainment industry in San Francisco,” said Jack Boulware, a journalist and author who is one of Litquake’s founders. “If you’re a writer here, you aren’t bound by restrictions you might find in other cities; you can express yourself and innovate and experiment.”
“And,” he deadpanned, “everyone is stoned and sitting in cafes in the middle of the day.”
The few times that I’ve taken a day off of the day job to go hang out and read or write in a cafe, I am always surprised at the number of people who are there. At 3pm. On a Wednesday.
A Book Lover’s San Francisco, by Gregory Dicum (The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2010)