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San Francisco : a cultural and literary history

Author: Mick Sinclair
Publisher: New York : Interlink Books, 2004.
Series: Cities of the imagination.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Sinclair, Mick.
San Francisco.
New York : Interlink Books, 2004
Online version:
Sinclair, Mick.
San Francisco.
New York : Interlink Books, 2004
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mick Sinclair
ISBN: 1566564891 9781566564892
OCLC Number: 52478427
Description: xi, 254 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: Foreword by / Sedge Thomson --
Preface --
Intorduction: Navagating San Francisco --
Historical geography --
The modern city --
Up and down in San Francisco --
Maritime navigation --
pt. 1. The instant city --
A great and magnificent port --
Gold: half the size of a pea --
The world rushes in --
Winners, losers-and Emperor Norton --
pt. 2. Shaping San Francisco --
Rubbish and bones --
The O'Farrell plan --
Elegant and handsomely-furnished homes --
The nobs of Nob Hill --
Pacific Heights --
Taming the hills: Andrew Hallidie's cable cars --
Away from the hills --
San Francisco in ruins --
April 18, 1906 --
All tomorrow's Parties --
Citadels of Commerce --
Willis Polk: Architect, Visionary, Drunkard --
Manhattanization and urban renewal --
Yerba Buena Gardens --
pt. 3. Crime and culture, Punishment and pleasure --
Fires, ducks, hounds, and hangings --
A low set of politicians --
pandemonium let loose --
Tom Maguire: Napoleon of the stage --
The mesmerizing Adah Menken --
Spider-dancing Lola Montez --
Lotta Crabtree's beautiful ankle --
Isadora Duncan: The California faun --
The Barbary Coast --
Pretty waiter girls --
A voyage to Shanghai --
Three hundred pounds of passion: 50c --
The breasts of Carol Doda --
A golden era: literary life in the west --
A literary fog --
Bohemia in Russian Hill --
A story of San Francisco: Dashiell Hammett --
Atherton, Sterling, and Demerest --
Shootings, stabbings, and feuds: newspapers and their owners --
William Randolph Hearst's Examiner --
Herb Caen: nostalgia ain't what it used to be --
pt. 4. Landmarks, ruins and memories --
Alcatraz Island, 1775, 1934, 1969 --
The Sutro Baths, 1896 --
The Ferry Building, 1898 --
City Hall, 1899, 1915, 1999 --
The St. Francis Hotel, 1904/The Palace Hotel, 1875 --
The Palace of Fine Arts, 1915 --
Coit Tower, 1933 --
Golden Gate Bridge, 1937 --
Treasure Island, 1939 --
The Transamerica Pyramid, 1972/The Montgomery Block, 1853. pt. 5. United Nations --
A Mission --
The Mission District --
Chinatown --
A New Chinatown --
Paper Sons, Paper Daughters --
Celebrated Chinatown --
Japantown --
"A Jap's a Jap" --
unhappy returns --
The western addition and the Fillmore district --
Leidesdorff and "Mammy" Pleasant --
The Rise of the Fillmore --
Black Panthers and St. John Coltrane --
The Richmond --
North Beach --
pt. 6. Turning America on its head --
A howl in North Beach, 1955 --
Six poets at the Six Gallery --
Naked before the world --
Beat goes beatnik --
Across the Bay: Berkeley and the 1960s --
A machine so odious: The free speech movement --
Power to the People Park --
A private revolution: Haight-Ashbury, 1964-7 --
Altered states --
Can you pass the acid test? --
Electric music for the mind and body --
Summer in the city --
It's free because it's yours --
The San Francisco Sound --
The death of hippie --
The Castro: the rise of gay San Francisco --
Harvey Milk and the Castro Clone; A fury unleashed --
Aids: A new battle --
Queer capital of the world --
A cybernetic ecology: SoMa, 1985-2001 --
South of the slot --
Multimedia gulch --
Silicon suburbia --
The rise and fall of the cyberhood --
Archive of the future --
Further reading --
Series Title: Cities of the imagination.
Responsibility: Mick Sinclair.
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