One of the great joys of being in San Francisco, aside from my exceptional care, is the City Lights bookstore (Silver Lining).
I am a real sucker for independent bookstores. I pretty much melt in a puddle whenever I have the opportunity to go in one. Much less shop. Ohhhh, I get into real trouble. And City Lights is no exception!
City Lights is a legendary, landmark independent bookstore and publisher that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. It was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin.
There is a legacy of anti-authoritarian politics and insurgent thinking at City Lights, which I love. I also love the way it feels. And smells. I could, in the blink of an eye, lose 3 hours here.
City Lights is clearly a mecca. I’ve been in a few times (ok, five) since I arrived to town and every time there is a tour of one sort or another. It’s an institution. And an (anti-) establishment. If you are in San Francisco, please enjoy this Silver Lining literary meeting place!
With this bookstore-publisher combination, it is as if the public were being invited, in person and in books, to participate in that ‘great conversation’ between authors of all ages, ancient and modern.
– Lawrence Ferlinghetti