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Friday, October 14, 2011

Lit Crawl: The Cerebral Orgy That Takes Over Minds and Bodies in the Mission

Posted on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 9:30 AM

click to enlarge SHELLEY EADES
  • Shelley Eades

Without your map Saturday night, you're nothing. What's that you say? You know your way around? You've lived here a whole year? You have a smartphone? Forget it. It's not smart enough.

Saturday night is Lit Crawl, the intellectual orgy that's the climax to Litquake - and the only time you'll see the Mission overrun on a Saturday night by salivating brainiacs rather than Cool Kids carrying 40-ouncers and barfing between parked cars. In three phases, about 450 readers perform in nearly 80 venues - including bars, bookstores, cafes, alleys, and even a police station.

Having a plan is essential.

click to enlarge Scene from a previous Lit Crawl: Smitten at a reading in a laundromat. - SHELLEY EADES
  • Shelley Eades
  • Scene from a previous Lit Crawl: Smitten at a reading in a laundromat.

You see, there's a mere 15 minutes between phases, and by the time you get to your chosen event it'll probably be more than full, with bodies backed up onto the sidewalk straining to hear above the street noise. So that paper Litquake map is crucial -- you can pick one up at the first venue you visit, or download one here if you don't already have one. That map will show you in a millisecond the routes to Plans B, C, and D. And when you're among intellectual scavengers, milliseconds count. And during this event, even Plans C and D are better than most things that happen throughout the year.

Some examples: Women writers speak out in "He Said What? Sex! Deception! Politics!" at Mina Dresden Gallery. Kearny Street Workshop members deal out disaster in "Apocalypse Now What?" at Forest Books. Carol Queen hosts smut scribes in "Good Vibrations" at the Women's Building. Journalists and crime writers (including two who've worked for this fine publication) inhabit "Mystery and Mayhem" at Mission Police Station.

But trust us on this one. Download that map right now, print it, and make sure you have it with you Saturday night.

Lit Crawl starts at 6 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 15) at various San Francisco locations. Admission is free.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.

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