Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

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Eili, Ely – “She don’t love me no more.”

November 18, 2013

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Eili, Ely 

by Ezekiel Tyrus

Hard Head Press, 2013, 283 pages

$12.94 Paperback

I am not in my late twenties or early thirties, though I must admit I did go to San Francisco to be a beatnik in the 60s (I was a little late).

What I like about this book, no love about it, is that it captures the uncertainty of life for me at the time. Sure, there are explicit sex scenes that should get some sales and self-indulgent examples of the writer’s own work that will lose them, but what I got caught up in was the narrator’s dilemma. He has been given an ultimatum by his girlfriend which he is trying to understand. Friends pitch in, but ultimately he, and the book, find a deeper significance in all this. And I did too. Read the rest of this entry ?

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San Francisco Secrets – “A Foggy Time”

June 2, 2013

30901890_thbSan Francisco Secrets

by Gret Messel

Atria Books

450 pages, $15

I like this book, because I was in San Francisco in the early sixties and the author does a great job of capturing that time and place. There are dual plots which keep us curious, though both tend to be resolved a little too conveniently. I like the “1958 Cost of Living” chart. Gas was 24cents a gallon; a postage stamp, 4 cents.

The reference to Dashiell Hammett, one of my favorite writers, reminds us, painfully, that the private detective Sam Slater is not Sam Spade. Read the rest of this entry ?