Tomorrow, this Lost Shark boards a plane for distant waters, namely Vancouver and San Francisco. So things will slow down here over the next month, but there will still be the occasional post, I mean, there will have to be a photo outside City Lights!!! It still all seems a little unreal this morning as I clean and contemplate what to pack, but here’s a few places that are on the must visit list:
For food and arts this place is mind-blowingly good. I ate a red snapper soup last time I was there and have wanted it ever since.
One of the coolest record stores I have ever stepped inside.
Last time I was there, I asked if there was a copy of Leonard Cohen’s Parasites of Heaven, and though there wasn’t, the gentleman behind the counter produced an album of photos of Cohen sitting outside the legendary Sylvia Hotel on English Bay. A moment I will always treasure.
These walls would have some stories to tell… legendary hang out for Beat authors, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (still a regular), Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Jack Hirschman (another current regular) & co.
Another legendary Beat hang out, located just across from City Lights in Jack Kerouac Alley.
It will be unbelievable to walk into this store… this place and the literature it has produced has been a major influence. Am sure I will visit more than once!
This is but a handful of places on the list… I look forward to bringing back many stories and of course, a few poems too!