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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Tales of an Extraordinary Madman  

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 09.17.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

I viewed Bukowski as only doing a limited shtick -- he rarely came into the office himself, but I knew all about him because my friend Judy Lewellen, the city editor, used to go pick up the column. I guess I hadn't understood how popular Bukowski was getting until I was confronted by a book display in London.

Gerald Nicosia's 'Night Train to Shanghai'

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

Gerald Nicosia is probably better known for his non-fiction, but he also is a real poet, very much in the San Francisco tradition of Ferlinghetti, Patchen, Rexroth and Ginsberg -- except those guys are now mostly gone.

An Elusive Utopia By The Sea

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 09.27.2013 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

John O'Kane's at times rambling but nonetheless intriguing book length essay, "Venice, CA: A City State Of Mind," sums up the history, the observations, the artists and writers and poets great and famous and obscure who have lurked among the dark shadows of this Nirvana by the sea.

City Lights Books At 60: An International Treasure

Steve Heilig | Posted 09.23.2013 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

Started as a paperback bookshop by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and partners, it expanded to sell all manner of reading material and became a locus of the fledgling Beat literary movement and much more.

The Iceman: Chilling With Michael Shannon

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.02.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The movie, The Iceman, is all the chillier because it is based on a true story. A hit man procedural directed by Ariel Vromen, the film opens with a c...

Why You Should Never Meet Your Idol

Mara Menachem | Posted 04.18.2013 | Books
Mara Menachem

My imagination ran wild. What witty thing would I say to Mr. Ginsberg? What will I do when he asks me to drop out of college and be his full time assistant? What will my family say? But how can I turn down such an opportunity?

Ferlinghetti: Not All Beat Poets Are Beat

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.12.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Back in the day, the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti was all the rage. Paperbacks of A Coney Island of the Mind could be seen stuffed in jean pockets on college campuses. Now 93, he is the subject of a valuable biopic by photographer and filmmaker Chris Felver

The Poet Who Brought You Some Freedom of Speech

Matt Kohn | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Matt Kohn

As chronicled in this fast-moving documentary, Lawrence Ferlinghetti became many things: a businessman, a political instigator, and a painter. But his inner voice was best expressed through honest words.

On the Road: The Vehicle Gets a Tune Up

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Working again with screenwriter Jose Rivera, and with Gustavo Santaolalla on the jazzy soundtrack, Salles' adaptation took five years to cast.

I Was a Reluctant Poet

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Maria Rodale

My first lines Burst forth Unbidden And oddly patterned. I shunned learning The craft. All the poets I knew Seemed pretentious Intentionally overcom...

Cleto Munari Auctions His Collection

J. Michael Welton | Posted 06.12.2012 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Designer Cleto Munari is putting his personal collection of art, furnishings and objects -- many created in conjunction with architects like Michael G...

Beat Poet Pens Ode To The Gold Dust

Robin Wilkey | Posted 03.29.2012 | San Francisco

Ever since the Gold Dust Lounge received an unexpected eviction notice in January to make way for a new Express store, the people of San Francisco hav...

Film & Literature: HOWL

Kristin McCracken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

We sat down with filmmakers Epstein and Friedman at a recent roundtable, where they shared their impressions of Ginsberg, Franco, and what makes HOWL still relevant 55 years after its publication.

ReThink Review: Howl -- Celebrating Banned Books Week

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

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HuffPost Review: Howl

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Howl is a gutsy, inventive film about an important moment. It's not for everyone but should please those who are open to the chances it takes.

What I Learned Going Home on the Number Seven Bus

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Reese Schonfeld

What do I learn in 15 minutes on the number 7 bus between 50th St. and 66th St.?

One Fast Move or I'm Gone: An Interview with Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab For Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Although Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab For Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard create music from two different perspectives their blend on the soundtrack One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur syncs perfectly.

The Most Savage Shock Jock of Them All

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

Dig deeper, and the question of who Michael Savage is becomes more complicated. "Savage" isn't his real name; it seems to speak to his heightened sense of masculinity, aggression, and antipathy toward minorities.