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Calendar, Night&Day Endless Landscapes

Endless Landscapes

It's not often you get the chance to see Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder. One of the five to read at the famed "Howl" debut, Snyder has spent much of his life in the Sierra foothills, becoming one of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Itinerant Verse

Itinerant Verse

It’s said that Nanao Sakaki made a practice of never sleeping in the same place twice. The Japanese poet worked many jobs, sometimes living off the generosity of neighbors while studying English and reading. He became interested in primitive art,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Our Streetlight Imaginations

Our Streetlight Imaginations

Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a pioneer in the business of bookselling (City Lights was the nation's first all-paperback retailer), and he turned the literary world on its head by publishing the likes of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, Burroughs, Bukowski, and himself among…
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Culture, Books Gary Snyder argues for "The Etiquette of Freedom"

Gary Snyder argues for "The Etiquette of Freedom"

If all you had to go by was its title, The Etiquette of Freedom might imply some crummy blowhard's latest George W. Bush–nostalgic gas blast of foreign-policy punditry. What a relief that the actual book is something more like the…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Ferlinghetti</i>


Whether this will stand as the definitive documentary profile of the definitive local poet, publisher, provocateur and City Lights co-founder is for history to judge. In the here and now, it’s certainly a must-see. Dave Eggers, Dennis Hopper, Allen Ginsberg,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Beat of His Own Drum

The Beat of His Own Drum

On October 7, 1955, five young poets read at an art gallery on Fillmore Street at an event that would change the face of American poetry. While the debut of Allen Ginsberg's infamous "Howl" is widely considered to be the…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's Not Just for Third Place

It's Not Just for Third Place

Why shouldn't a gallery wall double as snow so deep only the treetops show through? And why not render seaweed in the most heroic of metal? At "Riprap in Bronze," a new art exhibit by Yoshitomo Saito, the artist's imagination…
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Sex and the Singular Swami

The pews are steadily filling up, and the Sunday service is about to start. The parishioners, mostly middle-aged, ordinary-looking couples, sit quietly, their graying, balding, and silver heads rocking to and fro, humming along with the soothing chanting of the…
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