City Lights en Sister Spit: Spreading queer culture and literature far and wide <div id="yui_3_7_2_1_1371662775515_5644" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; FONT-STYLE: normal; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; COLOR: rgb(0,0,0); FONT-SIZE: 16px"><p>Sister Spit's 2014 tour kicks off March 19 in San Francisco! Award-winning writers Michelle Tea and Ali Liebegott (Sister Spit co-founder and long-time contributor respectively) fill us in on the San Francisco-based queer feminist writers cabaret that traverses the USA and other countries spreading queer culture. They also read from their latest books: <a href="">Michelle Tea</a>'s is <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Mermaid in Chelsea Creek</span>; <a href="">Ali </a><a href="">Liebegott</a>'s is<span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1371662775515_5870" style="FONT-STYLE: italic"> Cha-Ching!</span>&nbsp;; Michelle also reads from the anthology <a href=""><em>Sister&nbsp;Spit: Writing, Rants and&nbsp;Reminiscence from the Road</em></a>.&nbsp;Eric Jansen hosts.&nbsp; Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:34:00 +0000 Eric Jansen 29002 at Sister Spit: Spreading queer culture and literature far and wide San Francisco's beloved City Lights Bookstore turns 60 <p></p><p></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:19:27 +0000 Holly McDede 29018 at San Francisco's beloved City Lights Bookstore turns 60 The remaking of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1956, Lawrence Ferlinghetti decided to publish Allen Ginsberg’s "Howl" in 1956. The seminal poem broke social taboos by talking about drugs and race.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical, naked dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,” the poem reads.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an era characterized by conformity, “Howl” was a call to self-expression. But history notes that “Howl” became more. In 1957, Ferlinghetti was put on trial for publishing obscene materials. That trial became the center of the free speech movement, and it brought the Beat generation, Ferlinghetti’s bookstore, City Lights, and this wild poem to the world stage.</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:11:50 +0000 Emily Wilson & emil 29001 at The remaking of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl"