San Francisco Stories: Great Writers on the City

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John Miller
Chronicle Books, Apr 1, 2004 - Fiction - 312 pages
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Every city has its stories, but San Francisco seems to have more than most. It falls down. It burns up. It goes Beatnik in the fifties and crazy in the sixties -- but it remains elegant throughout. San Francisco Stories collects the most outstanding writing about the city from some of the most distinguished authors of the last 150 years: from Jack Kerouac on working on the railroad to Anne Lamott on getting kicked out of the cafe scene; and from Jack London on the 1906 earthquake to Tom Wolfe on the "Acid Tests" of the 1960s. Reading this rich collection -- now with a striking new cover -- is like taking a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge into the heart of the city, past and present, with all of its spectacular views, fascinating history, and outrageous inhabitants.
 

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Contents

Arriving in San Francisco
17
Nothing to See in San Francisco
25
The Moochers Have a Crisis
31
The Castro
39
What Is Remembered
83
A Generation of Swine
97
The Legatee
105
In San Francisco
123
The Golden Gate
158
Romantic Intermezzo
168
The Gold of California
176
Lost Horizon
187
The Only Real Day
197
An Eastern View of the San Francisco
209
Where I Am
221
The Fire
245

October in the Railroad Earth
143

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About the author (2004)

John Miller lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has co-edited numerous anthologies for Chronicle Books.

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