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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The A.V. Club's Pop Pilgrims Visit City Lights Books

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

San Francisco: City Lights Books, birthplace of a literary revolution

Certain San Francisco landmarks and tourist attractions undoubtedly fade into the background for people who've lived here a while. The cable cars might be one of those things. They're reduced to Friday night annoyance while trying to cross Powell Street, or a "How nice for them" moment when thinking about the tourists crammed onto the pretty little archaic crawlers. But one sight that always floors us when we walk past is City Lights Books, the bookstore and publishing house founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the 1950s that was a center of the Beat movement that included Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Carolyn Cassady, among others. Apparently in agreement are Pop Pilgrims, a band of wanderers working for The A.V. Club, which is published by The Onion. They stopped by recently and posted the above video.

They speak with the bookstore's events programmer, Peter Maravelis, and run into another of San Francisco's literary landmarks, Daniel Handler (who you might also know as Lemony Snicket). He talks about finding a book of poetry in City Lights as a teenager that changed his life.

San Francisco: Jimmy Stewart's Vertigo apartment

Pop Pilgrims travel throughout the country visiting places where significant things happened in American culture. Another place the Pilgrims have visited is the apartment at 900 Lombard Street where Jimmy Stewart's character lived in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. In the clip above, the Pilgrims do really cool video sequencing where they match modern-day Lombard to footage from the film.

Thanks for stopping by, guys.

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