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What it’s Like Writing About San Francisco for 20 Years

Updated: Sep 27, 2022 08:29
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In celebration of my 20th year in SF, I am extremely excited to announce Slouching Towards Neverland: 20 years of Writing About San Francisco.

Here’s a quick rundown:

– This limited edition, hand-signed, new zine covers my two decades of writing about this strange and beautiful city.

– Besides well known work, the zine has 4 pieces that have never been published before.

– To get this very special piece of San Francisco literary history, you have to sign up to be a Broke-Ass Stuart Patreon supporter at $10 or more a month

– This is only available until September 26th.

– This covers the cost of the zine + shipping. Plus you’ll be helping keep BrokeAssStuart.com alive.

– There will be a general public version of the zine later on, but it won’t be hand-signed. This limited edition version has three extra pieces that the general public version won’t have.

– Anyone who joins the BAS Patreon gets discounted to tix to my 20th anniversary party at Public Works on 10/13.

Sign up for the limited edition, hand signed zine right here

(Note: if you’re already a BAS Patreon member at $10 or higher, you will be getting this zine. Make sure your address is up to date right here. If you’re a Patreon member and NOT at $10 or higher, you can bump up your subscription right here.)

About the zine:

While there are some pieces in Slouching Towards Neverland that you will surely recognize like “How to Survive a San Francisco Breakup” and “Salesforce Tower Looks Like a Giant Butt Plug” there are at least four pieces in there that have never been published before and have only been read by a couple people. This zine is seriously special.

While I originally set out to put together something of a Greatest Hits, when I sat down to collate all the documents, I realized there was a bigger story to tell than “Hey, look at all my awesome words”. I’ve written hundreds, if not thousands of things about San Francisco, so I instead chose to use the collected work to share my tale of the place that not only changed my life, but made me who I am.

Through stories, articles, and poems Slouching Towards Neverland charts my journey from being an SF newbie to an ingrained part of the fabric of The City. Starting with excerpts of my journal from when I moved here as an intern, it runs mostly chronologically through my 20 years here.

And that narrative rides an arc, one that starts with my early infatuation with San Francisco, then moves to my growing love and pride for my home. From there it turns to heartache as the city I adore quickly shatters in front of my eyes. Then of course comes the pandemic, which was a different kind of heartache, and finally it ends with the optimistic feeling that we may just be getting our city back after all.

Sign up for the limited edition, hand-signed zine right here

Cover photo by M. Scott Vogel
Zine design by Sarah Randolph

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website BrokeAssStuart.com is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, Geek.com and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.

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