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San Francisco’s Literary World

May 3, 2010

I have been gushing about my trip to San Francisco since I got back.  I had such an amazing time – from the awesome Golden Gate Bridge, to fascinating Alcatraz, to the eclectic Haight Street,  everything was just wonderful.  San Francisco has an interesting literary history and was home to greats like Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Alan Watts.

While walking the streets of San Francisco, I stopped into Cafe Trieste, where beatnik writers often gathered to talk about writing, films, religion and news of the day.  I stopped into the cafe, got a bagel and a pretty tasty cup of coffee, settled in to read my book and tried to imagine what it would have been like to have Jack Kerouac sitting next to me.

The walls are covered by old photos, memorabilia and newsclips that give the small cafe a community-like feel.  A group of college-age students were working on a project in the corner, some older folks sipped their “usuals” and the friends next to me laughed while they caught up.  It’s an adorable little cafe with a fabulous history, so taking it all in was pretty amazing.

I’m planning to write up more of my experiences with San Francisco literary culture and history, so stay tuned!

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