I moved to San Francisco in 2002, a time I like to call “between gold rushes.” The fervor and swagger of the first dot com boom had not so much burst as it had flown around the city like a balloon with the air let out, taking down everything it crashed into. San Francisco had ridden the dot com monster into the 21st century on a wave of optimism and massive change, and not unlike the original gold rush that created this place, more than just a handful of people ended up with obscene wealth. And then like anything too good to be true, it ended with a whimper, causing those who hadn’t managed to strike a vein of digital ore, left to pick up the pieces and create something of their own.
Sad news broke today that legendary poet and activist Jack Hirschman has passed away at 87 years old. This is a particularly heavy blow to the San Francisco arts community as Hirschman is the third former SF Poet Laureate to pass away in 2021. Lawrence Ferlinghetti passed away in February
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Here is something pretty exciting! This is the unseen San Francisco pilot of my TV show Young, Broke & Beautiful. This was the a sizzle reel we made for IFC and it was this that they saw and gave us a green light for. It’s OBVIOUSLY a bit rougher than the
Chances are, you’ve never translated a book before. Then again if you’re Jack Hirschman and you’re reading this, I’m totally wrong (the SF Poet Laureate has translated from over 8 languages!). That’s ok, I’ve never translated a book either. But Natasha Wimmer has, and the the book she worked on,