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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.

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immigrants foreigners who come to live in a (new) country
period time
served as was
literary writing and books
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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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