We jump into it at the iconic Jack Kerouac alley where the bohemian bar Vesuvio meets the world-famous City Lights bookstore. I tell the story of how poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti opened the store in 1953 and soon thereafter was embattled in a trial that changed the face of publishing. Then we walk down Broadway where we'll get free entrance to the Beat Museum ($8 value) where my friend and museum curator, Jerry Cimino helps me with amazing stories of Beat writers, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and a few others. A walk down Broadway includes stops at some locations where the Beats and Jazz musicians roamed and performed in the 50s and 60s. Then onto Montgomery Street where I read a passage of the poem, Howl. Then we travel back in time to old San Francisco on Montgomery where Mark Twain worked at the literary journal, Golden Era. I explain how the gold rush lured writers here including the irascible Ambrose “bitter” Bierce. Then to the site of the old Black Cat cafe where writers like John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, and Truman Capote hung their hats. I have pictures of all these writers and tell interesting stories about their relationships with San Francisco. Then into Chinatown where we stop at an old writer's bar called Li Po. Then down Kerouac ally.
The Beat Museum (only one in the world).
City Lights bookstore. The Beat Museum. The former apartment of poet and activist, Allen Ginsberg. The building where Mark Twain worked for Bret Harte writing for the literary journal, Golden Era. The building where the old Black Cat cafe was housed, where writers like John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, Truman Capote used to hang out. Li Po, the bar where the Beat poets would drink and write.
最多可有10位年满21周岁的参与者参加。 Guests should have a healthy curiosity about literary history in San Francisco