The New Yuppies

By J.C. Pan : newrepublic – excerpt

How the aspirational class expresses its status in an age of inequality.

The term “yuppie” now feels so dated that it occasionally seems an entire social class has vanished. If the suit-wearing Patrick Batemans of the 1980s no longer embody affluence, what has come to replace them? “Hipster” reigned, briefly, as the label of choice for certain irritating would-be members of the bourgeoisie. But while hipsters were, like the yuppies before them, young and urban-dwelling, they weren’t exactly professional. Often rumored to be living off their trust funds, they spent their time as layabout musicians or bike messengers, milling in coffee shops and craft cocktail bars. Yuppies, on the other hand, were seasoned careerists who owned yachts and luxury SUVs and talked in public about their stock portfolios. Yuppiedom described a specific oily demeanor and pattern of consumption as much as it implied affluence…(more).

Summer of Love lost on those living in Summer of Discontent

By Caille Millner : sfchronicle – excerpt

In our Summer of Discontent, what can we learn from the Summer of Love?

Since the Summer took place before I was born, I have no nostalgia, passions or bad memories about anything that happened in San Francisco in 1967.

I can tell that for some people it was a seminal event, judging by the extent of attention I’ve seen around the 50th anniversary. There have been at least 10 Bay Area museum exhibits celebrating some aspect of the Summer of Love this year. There have been endless free concerts, tours and tie-dyed public posters. There’s been even-more-extensive-than-usual glorification of the Grateful Dead.

I appreciate how all of this is an opportunity for a segment of Bay Area Baby Boomers to indulge in youthful memories of the good times. (Have fun, kids!)

But for those of us far too young to have been there, the Summer of Love has never felt as far away as it does in 2017.

On my way to the de Young Museum’s “Summer of Love Experience” exhibit, in Golden Gate Park, I traveled through the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. My misgivings began there.

San Francisco’s advanced state of economic inequality and neighborhood gentrification have led to strange street-level juxtapositions all over town. But the Haight is still a special place; these juxtapositions maintain a hard edge…

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Defunding the NEA Would be incredibly stupid-Here’s Why

By Diana Budds : fastcodesign – excerpt

The National Endowment for the Arts funds local community building, educational programs, job training, housing, and more.

Arts funding has always been under assault, but the Trump Administration, hungry for budget cuts, is now baring its teeth at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in what appears to be the most serious threat to its existence since Reagan’s crusade in the 1980s. Staffers on Trump’s transition team told The Hill that the NEA and its sister organization, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), would be eliminated completely.

Defunding the NEA would be incredibly irresponsible and downright dumb. Federal agencies and departments are nebulous entities, and their responsibilities, scale, and scope are often opaque. The NEA for instance has funded projects related to affordable housing, job training, making sure children have access to playgrounds, historic preservation, resiliency, improving health care, designing better parks, and promoting social justice–along with its mission of funding museums, fine arts, dance, and theater, of course.

If you care about any of these things, you should also care about the NEA… (more)

It is not clear how the president is going to solve the job problem when he is cutting millions of government jobs. Someone needs to mention this job loss issue to him in case it hasn’t occurred to him yet.

City Lights responds to the new action era in North Beach

By KPIX : CBSlocal – excerpt (video included)

TURNING THE PAGE: They are putting up resistance at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco’s North Beach, with a brand new section.

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — One of the Bay Area’s most beloved bookstores has a new section designed to help voters who are in despair over the presidency of Donald Trump. They are putting up resistance at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco’s North Beach, with a special section called “Pedagogies of Resistance.”… (more)
Send us news of your city’s actions to post on this site. We want to know what is going on in artists groups all over the country.

David Meltzer, SF Beat generation poet and musician, dies

David Meltzer, the prolific poet and musician who merged his two passions, creating work that goes back to the Beat generation and San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s and ’60s, has died. He was 79.

Mr. Meltzer died peacefully Saturday at his home in Oakland after suffering a stroke, said his daughters. He was surrounded by loved ones.

Fellow Bay Area Beat poet Diane di Prima called Mr. Meltzer “one of the secret treasures on our planet. Great poet, musician, comic; mystic unsurpassed, performer with few peers.”

His friends Greg and Keiko Levasseur wrote on the poet’s website that “We have lost a great poet, scholar, musician, and jazz historian. He was a loving husband and father, and a great soul. He was a wonderful friend whose gentle spirit, sense of humor, and astonishing capacity for sake made him a joy to be with.”

Mr. Meltzer wrote more than 40 volumes of poetry, among them “Arrows: Selected Poetry 1957-1992,” “Name: Selected Poetry, 1973-1983” and “Beat Thing” (2004). His nonfiction work includes “Reading Jazz” (1993), “Writing Jazz” (1999), “When I Was a Poet” (2011) and “Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook,” a collection of anecdotes and quotations published by Oyez Press in 1977 and rereleased by City Lights Publishers in 2015… (more)

Kerouac in Encyclopaedia Britannica

I finally managed to convince the editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica online that Jack Kerouac did indeed frequent the Beaux Arts coffee house (Pinellas Park) and my first college pub The Wild Boar (Tampa) as well.

But the EB editors found my lines about finding Kerouac still drunk in his car outside The Wild Boar the morning after unsuitable for publication. I don’t understand why really. After all, they report that he was nearly beaten to death by fellow drinkers whom he had “antagonized” in another bar. Then what’s so dangerous about saying that he slept off his hangover in the car outside The Wild Boar?

Anyway, I thought you would be happy to know that the Beaux Arts has now been immortalized by the EB online in their narrative of Kerouac’s life.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest New Year ever!



P.S. Follow this link: additions-and-corrections-to-the-eb-online

San Francisco Beat Museum Future seeks a permanent home


Current location on Broadway in San Francisco’s North Beach, just down the street from City Lights Book Store on Kerouac Alley.

There are four ways you can help us secure The Beat Museum’s future.
And none of them will cost you a penny.

Dear Friend,

Recently I wrote to you about how difficult things are for so many these days in San Francisco. Like many small organizations and non-profits, The Beat Museum is feeling the squeeze as rents continue to skyrocket and corporate interests take over.

The brutal truth is this: while you’re renting in San Francisco, you’re at the mercy of others. The only way to know you are truly safe is to own the property you occupy.

So, to safeguard the future of The Beat Museum, and to keep The Beat Generation and its values as the beating heart of North Beach, we intend to buy our own building.

Yes this is a large undertaking, but I feel we really have no other option. And if we don’t do it soon I believe it is likely we will wake up one day – possibly sooner rather than later – and find that we’re homeless.

Obviously, buying a building is going to be expensive. But, I am not asking you for cash you don’t have. Instead, there are four things that anyone and everyone can do to help us secure The Beat Museum’s future.

Click here to see sketches of a new Beat Museum:


We need to show that the North Beach community, as well as Beat fans around the world, are behind this campaign. So please write in to let us know a bit about you – and why you care about the survival of the Beat Museum. You can either drop us an email or use the form in the link above.

We’re pitching this endeavor as “Good for North Beach, Good for San Francisco and Good for Beat Generation fans around the world.” I’d love for our campaign to go viral. So if you are on Facebook or Twitter please tell your followers about our fight to stay in North Beach. We’re using the hashtag #SaveTheBeatMuseum.

Also please contact TV people, radio, print and blogs. Maybe they’re here in San Francisco or somewhere else in the country or even around the world. I’m available for interviews as to why this is vital for the soul of our great city.

Please forward to your friends and any celebrities you might know who dig the Beats. Please ask them for a testimonial as well. I’m firmly convinced this dream can become a reality if we can get some momentum behind us – and celebrities can help us get the word out to a much larger audience.

Please forward to anyone you know who can write a big check. We have a few philanthropists lined up but we still need more. Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a public announcement soon that we have secured some major pledges? Imagine the additional support we could garner if we saw a headline like this:


Imagine how big that announcement would be!

The Friends of The Beat Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 so all donations are eligible for a tax deduction to the fullest extent of the law. I know there are a lot of extremely wealthy individuals who love The Beats. We need your help in ensuring these folks know there is a Beat Museum in San Francisco that celebrates the spirit of The Beat Generation and we’re trying to buy a permanent home to cement that legacy.

Donors can remain anonymous, of course, and I welcome a phone call or email from people in this regard. I truly believe we can build a coalition of extremely wealthy supporters, but these folks need to know what we’re trying to accomplish in order to make that happen.


Please don’t put this off until tomorrow or next week. The perfect building for the future of The Beat Museum is currently on the market right now two blocks away at the corner of Stockton & Green and if we miss this chance, we may not find another.

Believe me, since my last email, the buzz about our intention for a new building in North Beach has been palpable. I know what we’re trying to accomplish is an outrageous undertaking. And our friends and neighbors in North Beach are telling us they love the sheer audacity of our plan. Can you now help us spread the buzz and make it even louder?

With your help I really do believe we can not only save the Beat Museum – but help save the soul of San Francisco.

And, if you DO want to make a donation, you may do so here:

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Jerry Cimino
The Beat Museum
540 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

Please Note: If any of the above links are broken, please visit


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