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My favorite spot in San Francisco is Cafe Puccini- located in the North Beach neighborhood of the city. North Beach has a long and interesting history. It was originally the neighborhood for Italian immi­grants in the city- and even today it has many Italian people, cafes, and restaurants. As a kid, the famous baseball player Joe Dimaggio lived in North Beach.

 

The most famous period for the neighborhood, however, was in the late 1950s and the 1960s--when North Beach served as the center of San Francisco's literary renaissance. In particular, North Beach was home to the Beat writers and poets. The Beats developed a new, free, open style of writing. They also challenged the conser­vative society of America in the 50s, and helped create San Francisco's uniquely liberal culture. Many credit the Beats as the fathers and mothers of the 1960s cultural renaissance in America.

 

Among the most famous Beat writers were Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder- all of whom lived in North Beach at vari­ous times in their lives. The focal point of the movement was City Lights Bookstore- owned by the anarchist poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In the 1950s, City Lights made history when they pub­lished Allen Ginsberg's controversial poem "Howl"- which shocked mainstream Americans at the time. Soon after, Jack Kerouac fol­lowed with his books "On The Road" and "The Dharma Bums"-- and the Beat movement was born. Ferlinghetti is still the owner of the bookstore, and City Lights is still a popular independent publisher.

 

And North Beach is still home to artists and writers, although it has become much more expensive and now attracts wealthier residents as well as tourists. Even though the literary scene is not what it used to be- North Beach still has many family owned cafes. You'll find artists, writers, poets, entrepreneurs, musicians, businesspeople, and tourists relaxing together in them.

 

spot

 place

immigrants

 foreigners who come to live in a (new) country

period

 time

served as

 was

literary

 writing and books

renaissance

 a time of artistic improvement; a time of art (and science)

in particular

 specifically

developed

 made, created

style

 way of doing something

challenged

 disagreed with

conservative

 traditional; old; against change

uniquely

 specially; not like others

liberal

 new; wanting change and improvement; open

credit

 compliment; identify

renaissance

 a time of great art (and science)

various

 different, some

ocal point

 center point; gather­ing place

the movement

 a change in socie­ty; a group trying to change socie­ty

anarchist

 political group that is against authority and control

made history

 became famous; did something famous

controversial

 creates conflict or disagreement

shocked

 surprised and angered

mainstream

 normal (society, cul­ture)

independent publishers

 a small bookstore or publisher (not a chain)

wealthier residents

 richer people (living in the neighborhood)

the literary scene

 the writing sit­uation (in the city)

entrepreneurs

 businesspeople who start and own a business

named after

 given the same name as someone or something

composer

 someone who writes music

hold

 have; do

animated

 emotional; having a lot of movement and gestures

to mind

 to be bothered; to care

the intersection

 where two (or more) streets cross each other

hurry

 rush; make you leave quickly

 

 

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