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Rough Guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area by Nick Edwards, Mark Ellwood
1960s counterculture, airport security, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, British Empire, Burning Man, California gold rush, carbon footprint, City Beautiful movement, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, Joan Didion, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, Menlo Park, Nelson Mandela, period drama, pez dispenser, Port of Oakland, rent control, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, strikebreaker, transcontinental railway, unpaid internship, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration, young professional
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Unfortunately, the Depression was a body blow to the lower middle classes in the area, and many of the respectable Victorian homes became low-rent rooming houses as owners defaulted on their mortgages. By World War II, Haight-Ashbury was filled with liquor stores and bars, and limped on as a rundown place for cheap nights out. The beginning of the legend of the Haight came in the 1950s, when students from San Francisco State College (which, at the time, was nearby) began to move into the neighborhood, creating a rebellious, counterculture scene that took lasting root (see box, p.133). The Upper Haight 130 A convenient place to begin exploring the chunk of Haight-Ashbury closest to Golden Gate Park (also known as the Upper Haight) is craggy Buena Vista Park. This heavily wooded greenspace marks the unofficial divide between the H aight-As hb ury an d w e s t o f C i v i c C e n t e r | Haight-Ashbury original chunk of hippie-centric Upper Haight and the grungier Lower Haight; the park is where early Spanish soldiers would overnight as they marched from the Mission to the Presidio.
.…159 Oakland............................. 290 Palo Alto............................ 329 prices................................ 152 Richmond and the Sunset . ..................................... 164 Russian River Valley.......... 385 San Jose........................... 333 SoMa, the Tenderloin, and Civic Center................... 160 Sonoma Valley.................. 379 African Diaspora, Museum of................................ 106 African-American Museum & Library..................... 291 AirBART......................... 287 Alameda........................ 294 Alameda Business District (San Jose)................... 336 Alamere Falls................. 356 Albany Mud Flats ......... 315 Alcatraz......................16, 85 Alice Marble Park............ 78 Alioto-Lazio..................... 85 Alta Plaza Park................ 94 Altamont Speedway...... 321 Alviso............................. 338 Ambrose Bierce House ................................... 374 Angel Island................... 358 Ano Nuevo State Reserve .............................13, 344 Apple Computers.......... 330 Aquarium of the Bay....... 84 Aquatic Park.................... 87 Arch Rock...................... 360 Ark Row......................... 358 Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve....................... 387 Asian Art Museum......... 113 AT&T Park...................... 107 ATMs................................ 41 Ayala Cove.................... 358 B Baker Beach.................. 140 ballet.............................. 227 Balmy Alley murals........ 123 Bancroft Library............. 306 Bank of America Center... 56 banks............................... 41 Barbary Coast................. 62 bars Berkeley............................ 314 Castro, the........................ 216 Downtown and Chinatown . ..................................... 210 gay bars.................... 214, 239 Haight-Ashbury and west of Civic Center................... 218 Marin County.................... 364 microbreweries.................. 212 Mission and south............ 216 Napa Valley....................... 377 North Beach and the hills . ..................................... 212 northern waterfront and Pacific Heights.............. 213 Oakland............................. 301 Palo Alto............................ 332 Richmond and the Sunset . ..................................... 219 rooftop bars...................... 210 Russian River Valley.......... 388 San Jose........................... 339 SoMa................................. 214 Sonoma Valley.................. 384 Tenderloin and Civic Center, the.................................. 216 BART............................... 28 baseball........................... 13 basketball...................... 274 Bass Lake...................... 356 Battery Wallace............. 351 Bay Area Discovery Museum...................... 354 Bay Bridge..................... 286 Bay cruises...................... 83 Bay Model Visitor Center ................................... 354 Bay to Breakers Race . ................................. 266 Beach Chalet................. 147 Bean Hollow State Beach ................................... 344 Bear Flag Revolt............ 382 Beat generation............... 70 beers of San Francisco ................................... 212 bed and breakfast, see "accommodation" Belvedere Island............ 358 Benicia........................... 316 Benicia Arsenal.............. 317 Benicia Historical Museum ................................... 317 Berkeley........................ 301 Berkeley................ 302–303 Berkeley bookstores..... 308 Berkeley Marina............ 311 Berkeley Rose Garden ................................... 310 Berkeley Steamworks ................................... 311 Bernal Heights............... 123 Bernal Park.................... 124 Big Four, the.................... 80 Black Panthers.............. 296 Blackhawk Automotive Museum...................... 320 boating.......................... 270 Bohemian Club................ 56 Bohemian Grove........... 387 Bolinas........................... 355 books.................... 406–411 Botanical Garden, UC Berkeley...................... 306 Boudin Museum.............. 84 bowling.......................... 271 Brannan, Sam................ 395 Bridgeway Avenue........ 353 Broadway........................ 71 Brown, Jerry “Moonbeam” ...........................290, 404 Brown, Willie.................. 404 Buddha’s Universal Church ..................................... 65 Buddhist Church of San Francisco.................... 136 Buena Vista Park........... 130 Buffalo Paddock............ 147 Burlingame.................... 326 bus routes....................... 27 Butano Redwood Forest ................................... 344 Butano State Park......... 344 C Crockett......................... 316 Crystal Springs Reservoir ................................... 328 cycling.....................30, 266 D | Danville.......................... 319 de Saisset Museum....... 338 Defenestration............... 108 Dellums, Ron................. 404 Devil’s Slide................... 340 Diego Rivera Gallery........ 78 Diggers, the................... 131 Dipsea Race.................. 266 disabilities, travelers with ..................................... 48 Doda, Carol..................... 72 Dolores Park.................. 120 Downtown San Francisco ............................... 49–67 Downtown San Francisco. ............................... 50–51 Drake, Sir Francis.......... 391 Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm ................................... 361 Drake’s Beach............... 361 Drawbridge.................... 338 drinking, see “bars” Duboce Park................. 132 Dunes Beach................. 341 Dutch Windmill.............. 147 Duxbury Reef Nature Reserve....................... 355 i n de x Ca’Toga......................... 375 Cable Car Museum and Powerhouse.................. 67 cable car routes.............. 27 cable cars..................12, 59 Café, see "eating" Caffe Trieste.................... 72 California Academy of Sciences..................... 145 California cuisine........... 165 California Historical Society ................................... 106 Calistoga....................... 374 CalTrain............................ 28 Camel Barn................... 317 Camera Obscura........... 142 Campanile, UC Berkeley ................................... 306 Camron-Stanford House ................................... 293 Candlestick Park........... 127 canoeing........................ 268 car rental......................... 28 Carquinez Strait, the..... 316 Carran Theater................ 56 Cartoon Art Museum ................................... 106 Castro, the........... 124–126 Castro and the Mission . ................................... 121 Castro, the Mission, and south.................. 118–119 Castro Theatre............... 125 Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph........................ 335 Cathedral Building ....... 293 Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption................ 136 Cazadero Highway........ 387 cell phones...................... 43 Center for Sex & Culture ................................... 111 Cesar Chavez Park........ 311 Chabot Space & Science Center......................... 297 Chapel of the Chimes ................................... 298 children’s activities.......... 36 Children’s Discovery Museum...................... 336 Children’s Fairyland....... 294 Chimney Rock............... 361 China Basin................... 108 China Beach.................. 140 China Camp State Park ................................... 362 Chinatown.......... 13, 63–67 Chinatown Gate.............. 65 Chinatown (Oakland) ................................... 292 Chinese Cultural Center ..................................... 65 Chinese Historical Society of America.................... 67 Christian Science Church ................................... 309 Church of St Peter and Paul............................... 73 City College................... 127 City Hall (Oakland)......... 292 City Hall (San Francisco) ................................... 114 city transportation........... 26 Civic Center......... 111–115 Civic Center, SoMA, and the Tenderloin.... 100–101 Claremont Hotel............ 309 classical music.............. 227 Clement Street.............. 139 Cliff House..................... 141 climate............................. 10 climbing......................... 266 Coastal Trail................... 353 Codornices Park........... 310 coffee, indie-style.......... 179 Coit Tower.................15, 74 Cole Valley..................... 134 Colma............................ 328 Columbus Avenue........... 71 Columbus Tower............. 60 comedy.......................... 231 concerts, free................ 228 Concord......................... 318 Condor Club.................... 71 Conservatory of Flowers ................................... 143 consulates....................... 38 Contemporary Jewish Museum...................... 105 COPIA............................ 371 costs................................ 37 Cow Hollow..................... 91 Coyote Point Museum ................................... 327 credit cards..................... 41 Creek Park..................... 360 crime and personal safety ..................................... 34 Crissy Field...................... 95 E earthquakes...........398, 403 East Bay............... 285–325 East Bay........................ 286 East Oakland................. 297 East Palo Alto................ 329 East Span project.......... 285 eating Berkeley............................ 311 cuisine choices................. 166 Downtown and Chinatown . ..................................... 165 Haight-Ashbury and west of Civic Center................... 198 super burritos.................... 196 Marin County.................... 362 Mission, the Castro, and south ............................ 189 Napa Valley....................... 376 North Beach and the hills . ..................................... 174 433 northern waterfront and Pacific Heights.............. 180 Oakland............................. 299 Palo Alto............................ 332 Richmond and the Sunset ..................................... 204 Russian River Valley.......... 388 San Jose........................... 338 SoMa, the Tenderloin, and Civic Center................... 184 Sonoma Valley.................. 383 Ebony Museum of Art ................................... 292 El Cerrito....................... 315 Embarcadero, the............ 60 Embarcadero, Financial District and Jackson Square.......................... 57 emergency services........ 35 Emeryville...................... 296 Euclid Avenue................ 310 exchange rates................ 41 Exploratorium.................. 91 i n de x | 434 F Fairfax............................ 360 Fairmont Hotel................. 79 Fallon House................. 335 Farmers’ Market............ 112 Feinstein, Dianne........... 402 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence..... 70 ferries............................... 28 Ferry Building, the.....15, 61 Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market.......................... 62 Festival at the Lake....... 294 festivals and events ........................... 277–283 Filbert Steps.................... 76 Fillmore Auditorium....... 135 Fillmore Street................. 92 Fillmore.......................... 135 film festivals................... 234 films...... 232–234, 412–420 Filoli Estate.................... 328 Financial District.............. 56 Financial District, Jackson Square and Embarcadero............... 57 Fish Alley......................... 85 Fisherman’s Wharf 81–85 fishing............................ 271 fitness centers............... 271 Fitzgerald Marine Reserve ................................... 341 flights............................... 19 Flood Mansion................. 79 Floral Depot................... 293 Folsom Street................ 108 Forrest, Lee de.............. 330 Fort Baker...................... 354 Fort Barry...................... 352 Fort Funston.................. 148 Fort Mason...................... 88 Fort Point......................... 96 fortune cookies.............. 146 Fourth Street (Berkeley) ................................... 311 Frank Ogawa Plaza....... 292 Fremont......................... 298 Frisbie-Walsh House..... 317 Fugazi Hall....................... 73 G gay and lesbian San Francisco................... 235 Gay Pride......................... 12 Geary Boulevard............ 139 General Vallejo Home.... 380 Geyserville..................... 387 Ghirardelli Square............ 88 Giants baseball park..... 107 Ginsberg, Allen................ 70 Glen Ellen...................... 381 Glide Memorial Methodist Church........................ 109 Gold Rush, the.............. 394 Golden Gate Beach....... 141 Golden Gate Bridge........ 94 Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory............. 67 Golden Gate National Recreation Area............ 89 Golden Gate Park......... 16, 142–147 Golden Gate Park. ........................... 144–145 Golden Gate Park, Richmond, and the Sunset....................... 138 golf................................. 269 Grace Cathedral.............. 79 Graham, Bill................... 133 Grand Lake Movie Theater ................................... 294 Grant Avenue.................. 65 Grateful Dead house..... 131 Gray Whale Cove State Beach......................... 341 gray whales................... 361 Great American Music Hall ................................... 110 Greek Theatre........306, 322 Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center......................... 355 Greenwich Steps............. 75 Greenwood Cove.......... 358 Guerneville..................... 385 H Haas-Lilienthal House..... 91 Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic ................................... 131 Haight-Ashbury ........................... 130–134 Haight-Ashbury and west of Civic Center........... 129 Half Moon Bay.............. 342 Hall, William................... 143 Hallidie Plaza................... 54 hang-gliding.................. 271 Haring, Keith.................... 80 Harvey Milk Plaza.......... 124 Hayes Valley.................. 134 Healdsburg.................... 387 health............................... 39 Hearst Mining Building ................................... 306 Hearst Museum of Anthropology.............. 307 Hearst, Patty................. 290 Heart’s Desire Beach..... 361 Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon........... 295 Hell’s Angels.................. 131 hiking............................. 265 hills, the and North Beach. ..................................... 69 hippies........................... 133 Historic Railroad Square ................................... 382 history................... 391–405 History Park................... 337 holidays........................... 43 homelessness................ 112 Hoover Tower, Stanford ................................... 330 horse-racing.................. 275 horse-riding................... 271 hostels, see “accommodation” hot-air balloon rides...... 369 hotels, see “accommodation” House of Happy Walls, the ................................... 382 Hudson’s Bay Company ................................... 394 Huntington Park.............. 79 Hyde Street Pier Historic Ships............................. 88 I ice hockey..................... 275 ice skating..................... 270 Ina Coolbrith Park........... 78 Indian Rock................... 309 inline skating................. 270 Institute of Contemporary Art............................... 336 insurance......................... 39 Intel Museum................. 338 internet............................ 43 Inverness....................... 361 Iris and B.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Asilomar, Bonfire of the Vanities, Buckminster Fuller, edge city, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, Menlo Park, Ronald Reagan, stakhanovite, Stewart Brand, strikebreaker, the scientific method, Thorstein Veblen
One of the Pump House Gang leaders, Artie, pulls into Haight-Ashbury, because this is the underground word in The Life in all the high schools in California already, even though Haight-Ashbury has never been mentioned in the newspapers ... Haight-Ashbury! they know the whole new legend, right down to Owsley, now known as The White Rabbit, the paranoid acid genius . . . Artie pulls into Haight-Ashbury, walking along amid those endless staggers of bay windows, slums with a view, and who is sitting out on a curbing on Haight Street but J——— of Pump House days gone by, just sitting there with an Emporium shopping bag beside him. "Hi, J———!" J———just barely glances at him and says, "Oh, hi, Artie," as if naturally they're both in Haight-Ashbury and have been for years, and then he says, "Here, have a lid," and he reaches in the shopping bag and just offers him a whole lid of grass, free, out in the open .. .
Kesey finally comes out and walks through the residue, but they are all wacked out and he is hardly visible ... in his Prankster suit of flaming Orion paranoia . . . Nevertheless! the word is now out among the heads of Haight-Ashbury. Kesey is back, the Man, the Castro who won them what they have today in the first place. The seeds we ... . . . HAVE SOWN . . . DOWN IN RAT LAND RED TIDE MANZANILLO, Kesey and the Pranksters had been so cut off they got almost no news from San Francisco. It was all perfect Devil's Island down there. They had only a dim idea of what was going on among the heads in Haight-Ashbury. But now, like, you don't even have to look for it. It hits you in the face. It's a whole carnival... All you have to do is walk up into the Haight-Ashbury—and Kesey chances a run through ... Hell, in Haight-Ashbury a muscular guy in cowboy boots and a cowboy hat—he ... looks healthy. The cops are busy trying to figure out these new longhairs, these beatniks— these crazies are somehow weirder than the North Beach beatniks ever were.
The cops knew drunks and junkies by heart, and they knew about LSD, but this thing that was going on . . . The heads could con the cops blind and it was wild. Haight-Ashbury had always been a brave little tenement district up the hill from the Panhandle entrance to Golden Gate Park, with whites and Negroes living next door in peace. Rents had been going up in North Beach. A lot of young couples with bohemian enthusiasms had been moving to Haight-Ashbury. Some of the old beats had moved in. They hung around a place called the Blue Unicorn. But the Trips Festival of eight months before was what really kicked the whole thing off. Eight months!—and all of a sudden it was like the Acid Tests had taken root and sprung up into people living the Tests like a whole life style. The Grateful Dead had moved into a house in Haight-Ashbury, and it wasn't just the old communal living where everybody piled into some place.
Frommer's Memorable Walks in San Francisco by Erika Lenkert
When it was initially under construction in the early 1990s, it was slated to A Historical Flashback Through Haight-Ashbury • 131 be a Walgreens. But when the company paid no heed to public protest against the national chain opening on a sacred countercultural street, the building mysteriously burned to the ground halfway through construction. Anticon-formists might be less obvious here now, but the concept is anything but dead. Continue east on Haight to 1664 Haight St., home of: 3. The Booksmith, the neighborhood’s best bookshop, with a few great reflections on Haight-Ashbury. For a quick overview, if the book is in stock, buy or flip through The Summer of Love, Gene Anthony’s photo and text documentary about “Haight-Ashbury at its highest.” This place is definitely a trip, in more ways than one. Follow Haight farther, cross Clayton Street, and at the northeast corner, at 558–560 Clayton St., is the: 4.
Manufactured in the United States of America 5 4 3 2 1 Contents List of Maps iv Introducing San Francisco 1 The Walking Tours 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Union Square Past & Present The Culture & Cuisine of Chinatown Noshing Through North Beach The Storied Steps of Telegraph Hill The Haughty Hotels of Nob Hill The Ghosts of Russian Hill The Majestic Homes of Pacific Heights South of Market: A Civilized Afternoon of Arts & Leisure The Culture & Color of the Mission District A Historical Flashback Through Haight-Ashbury Golden Gate Park: Museums, Blooms & Trees from Dunes The Golden Gate 7 21 36 54 68 83 94 106 115 127 136 146 Essentials 158 Guided Walking Tours of San Francisco 169 Index 174 LIST OF MAPS The Tours at a Glance 4 The Walking Tours Union Square Chinatown North Beach Telegraph Hill Nob Hill Russian Hill Pacific Heights South of Market Mission District Haight-Ashbury Golden Gate Park Northern San Francisco 11 23 37 55 69 85 95 109 117 129 139 149 About the Author A native San Franciscan, Erika Lenkert writes food, travel, and lifestyle articles for San Francisco Magazine, Wine Country Living, and Four Seasons.
Army St. 0 0 0.5 mi 0.5 km N 5 6 • Memorable Walks in San Francisco Walk 9: The Culture & Color of the Mission District A trip south of the border without catching a flight? You betcha. Just follow me on this tour, where brightly painted murals, Latin music, food, culture, and the oldest building in the city await. Walk 10: A Historical Flashback Through Haight-Ashbury Sure, there’s still plenty of tie-dye and lost youth to commemorate the past in the renowned and colorful Haight-Ashbury district. But the remnants of this neighborhood’s ’60s counterculture movement are easy to miss if you don’t know where to look. This walk takes you to the house where The Grateful Dead lived and played in the ’60s, pauses for a historical flashback or two, leads you to some great cheap-food noshes, and shows you where to buy retro paraphernalia.
Frommer's Irreverent Guide to San Francisco by Matthew Richard Poole
Bay Area Rapid Transit, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, game design, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, Loma Prieta earthquake, Maui Hawaii, old-boy network, pez dispenser, sensible shoes, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, Torches of Freedom, upwardly mobile
There is one sure- fire perfect way to spend your first afternoon in San Francisco—take $5 out of your pocket, walk a few blocks up Powell from Market Street (away from the turnaround), DIVERSIONS When it comes to maps, you need two kinds—an overall view of the neighborhoods in relation to each other, and a comprehensive street map. A neighborhood map will show clearly, for example, that Haight-Ashbury is right next to Golden Gate Park, which stretches from the middle of the city all the way to the Pacific Ocean (at Ocean Beach, near the Cliff House). You’ll see that the Castro and the Mission District—right next to each other, and not too far east of Haight-Ashbury—are both south of Market Street, but the neighborhood officially known as South of Market is quite a distance farther east, in the downtown area. You’ll also see that San Francisco—a city and county unto itself—is at the northern tip of a peninsula flanked by the San Francisco Bay on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west.
See Map 7 on p. 94. 119 Golden Gate Ferry (p. 104) EMBARCADERO Join the locals who ride from San Francisco’s Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street to downtown Sausalito, a scenic seaside village with lots of expensive stores, restaurants, real estate, boats—and gorgeous sunsets. The ride takes about a half-hour. Fare is $6.45 each way for adults, $4.85 for children, and $3.80 for seniors. Call for schedule.... Tel 415/923-2000. www.goldengateferry. org. Embarcadero BART/MUNI Metro stop. See Map 7 on p. 94. See Map 7 on p. 94. Haight-Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour (p. 115) UPPER HAIGHT Take a walking tour through Haight-Ashbury, and check out the crash pads, concert halls, and psychedelic shops that gave birth to the hippie era.... Tel 415/863-1621. www.hippy gourmet.com. $15 per person. Reservations required. Hard Rock Cafe (p. 115) FISHERMAN’S WHARF Teenagers love the super-loud rock music, juicy hamburgers, and T-shirts that prove they’ve been there.... Tel 415/956-2013. www.hardrock. com.
See also Restaurants; and Restaurants Index Caffe Trieste, 51 The California Gentleman by Astanboos, 153, 164 California Street line, 223 Canton Bazaar, 102 Carnaval, 226 Carol Doda’s Champagne and Lace Lingerie Boutique, 157, 164 Car rentals, 223 Cartier, 164 Cartoon Art Museum, 108, 117 Car travel, 225 Casanova Lounge, 184, 193 Cass Marina, 136 The Castro, 52, 179 accommodations, 20 Castro Theatre, 211 Celebrity sightings, restaurants for, 55 Cherry Blossom Festival, 226 Children, families with accommodations, 27–28 babysitters, 222 restaurants, 70 toys, 158 China Beach, 134 Chinatown, 100–102, 149 accommodations, 19 parking, 228 restaurants, 60 Chinatown Kite Shop, 101 Chinese New Year, 226 Cinco de Mayo, 226 Citizen, 153, 164 City Guides, 115, 118 City Lights Bookstore, 158–159, 164 City Nights, 184, 193 Civic Center, parking near, 229 Civic Center area, 19–20 Claremont Resort & Spa, 142 Classical music, 209–210 A Clean Well-Lighted Place For Books, 158, 164 Cliff House, 134 Climate, 6–7, 224 Clothes Contact, 154, 164 Club Line, 183 Club Malibu, 184, 193 Coit Tower, 98–99, 113, 118 Comedy clubs, 212 Comics, 156 Community Thrift Store, 154, 164 Concierges, 224 Conservatory of Flowers, 105 Coppola, Francis Ford, 74, 141 Courtoué, 153, 164 Cow Hollow, 20 Crafts, 154 Crime, 8–9, 229 Crissy Field, 129 234 Exit Theater, 208, 215 Exploratorium, 106, 118 SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL INDEX Factory 525, 184, 194 Families with children accommodations, 27–28 babysitters, 222 restaurants, 70 toys, 158 Fashions (clothing), 152–154, 158 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence, 74 Ferry Building farmer’s market, 129–130 Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, 64 Festivals and special events, 225–227 Filbert Street, 4 Filbert Street Steps, 6, 99 Fillmore Auditorium, 181, 194 Fillmore Street, 52, 149 Financial District, 52 First Step, 166 Fisherman’s Wharf, 104, 118, 130 Fishing, 137 Fleet Week, 227 Football, 213 Ford, Gerald, 104 Forever After Books, 159, 166 Forgotten Works, 129 Fort Point, 130 Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks, 227 Gargoyle Beads, 155, 166 Gay and lesbian travelers, 2, 9–10, 226 accommodations, 24–25 bars, 190 beach, 134 bookstore, 159 resources, 227 General Bead, 155, 166 Gimme Shoes, 152, 166 Gino & Carlo, 112, 118, 187, 194 Ginsberg, Allen, 1–2, 51, 110, 123 Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, 103, 118 Global Exchange, 154, 166 GoCar, 134 Golden Gate Bridge, 98 Golden Gate Ferry, 104–105, 119 Golden Gate Fields, 213, 215 Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, 100 Golden Gate Golf Course, 138 Golden Gate Park, 105, 128, 130, 132, 140 Golden Gate Park Fly Casting Pools, 137 Golden Gate Promenade, 130 Golden Gate Theater, 215 Golden State Warriors, 215 The Golden State Warriors, 213 Golf, 137–138 Good Vibrations, 108–109, 119, 156, 166 Goodwill Stores, 154, 167 Gordon Biersch, 187–188, 194 Grant and Green, 183, 195 The Grateful Dead, 111, 115, 180 Great American Music Hall, 181, 188, 195 Great China Herb Co., 101–102 Great Highway, 132 Grills, 52–53 Grizzly Peak (Berkeley Hills), 102, 119 Groove Yard, 159, 167 Gump’s, 167 Guys and Dolls, 154, 167 Gyms, 133 Haight-Ashbury (the Haight), 2, 179 coffee joints, 52 nightlife, 185–186 Haight-Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour, 115, 119 Haight Street, 150 Hard Rock Cafe, 115, 119 Harrington’s Bar & Grill, 112, 119 Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, 188–189, 195 Harvey’s, 190, 195 Hayes Valley, 52, 149 parking, 229 Hemlock Tavern, 187, 195 Hess Collection (Napa), 141 Hoteldiscounts.com, 18 HotelLocators.com, 18 Hotels, 14–43. See also Accommodations Index for business travelers, 27 cheap, 20, 23–24, 28–29 elegant, 21–22 Euro-style, 29–30 for families with kids, 27–28 gay and lesbian, 24–25 interior design of the lobbies, 32–33 Japanese, 25 location of, 18–20 for movie hounds, 27 painted ladies, 22–23 penthouses, 31 for pets, 29 reservations and booking services, 17–18 for rock stars and other celebrities, 31–32 romantic, 30–31 with a view, 23 for writers, 25–27 Hotels.com, 18 Hotwire, 18 House of Cashmere, 152, 167 235 Ideas Unlimited/ Unlimited Ideas, 224 Intersection for the Arts, 208, 215 Irish Castle Shop, 152, 167 Irish pubs, 186–187 Italian French Baking Co., 158, 167 Jacqueline Perfumery, 157, 167 Jade Galore, 102 Japanese Tea Garden, 105 Japantown, accommodations, 19 Javawalk, 116, 120 Jazz at Pearl’s, 182, 195 Jazz clubs, 181–182 Jeffrey’s Toys, 158, 167 Jewelry, 155 Jogging, 130–131 Joseph Schmidt Confections, 157, 168 Just Desserts, 157, 168 Kabuki Springs & Spa, 142 Kar’ikter, 156, 168 Kayaking, 136 Kenneth Cole, 152, 168 Kerouac, Jack, 1–2, 51, 74, 110 Kids accommodations, 27–28 babysitters, 222 restaurants, 70 toys, 158 Kilowatt, 185, 195 Kipling, Rudyard, 26 Kirby Beach, 134 Kovic, Ron, 26–27 SAN FRANCISCO McAfee Coliseum, 213, 216 McDonald’s Bookshop, 159, 169 Napa Valley wine country, 140–142 Neiman Marcus, 152, 169 Newspapers, 228 Nickie’s, 185, 196 Nick’s Lighthouse, 104, 121 Niebaum-Coppola (Rutherford), 141 Nightlife, 176–198.
From Satori to Silicon Valley: San Francisco and the American Counterculture by Theodore Roszak
Buckminster Fuller, germ theory of disease, global village, Haight Ashbury, Internet Archive, Marshall McLuhan, megastructure, Menlo Park, Norbert Wiener, Silicon Valley, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, upwardly mobile, Whole Earth Catalog
Certainly in recent years, the only flesh and blood examples of the countercultural image I have come across have been the barely ving casualties of the era that still survi- haunt downtown Berkeley, panhandling for spare change. Their sad squalor is evidence of nothing braver or more inspir- ing than being bummed Yet, with a remember little out and overaged. effort and some candor, the happier originals I can faded of these caricatures as they once enlivened the streets of the Haight-Ashbury and Telegraph Avenue. In its time, persona of ragged independence - or some reasonable facsimile thereof - was a proud and their prominent emblem of cultural disaffiliation blos- soming major in the streets of every city, campus of every minor college and high was a stance that claimed to The "organic", a style purported principled to rejection that be ruled in favor of a return to folk origins and lost traditions.
In the kitchens, pantries were filled with stale brown and active vermin; one might in the refrigerators, rice find several months' supply of spoiled groceries and well-sprouted soy cakes. In these quarters, one sensed that organic foods were a sort of talisman, sufficiently potent in their very presence to repeal the germ theory of disease. Also 4 there were the signs many animals once resident or still haunting the premises - unleashed, unhousebroken, very likely of unfed. In the Haight-Ashbury and the East Bay, there less there was a cult of the "organic dog" - the washed and tamed, the were neighborhoods better. in larger, the For a period, Berkeley and San Francisco that took on the look and the fragrance of barnyards or hunting camps. ORGANIC COMMONWEALTH AND BUDDHIST ANARCHY Perhaps the high water mark of effort to rusticate symbolic western civilization was the brief and turbulent episode "People's Park".
ORGANIC COMMONWEALTH AND BUDDHIST ANARCHY Perhaps the high water mark of effort to rusticate symbolic western civilization was the brief and turbulent episode "People's Park". this in What Berkeley remembered as the Human Be-In in San Franciso of 1967 had been for one day, what the Woodstock Festival in upstate New York in early 1969 had been for a weekend, People's Park was meant to be for keeps. The event might be seen as the culmination of the direct action social philosophy proclaimed by the Haight-Ashbury Diggers. After issuing a series of broadsides in late 1966 that called for an urban anarchist order of begun a daily life, the Diggers had come-one, come-all free food project under the slogan "it's free 6 because it's yours." The food was either stolen or scrounged from merchants around the city (most of it days-old and unsaleable and served up edible) still if growing popula- for the But history's tion of young, underfed street people.
From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism by Fred Turner
1960s counterculture, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, back-to-the-land, bioinformatics, Buckminster Fuller, business cycle, Claude Shannon: information theory, complexity theory, computer age, conceptual framework, Danny Hillis, dematerialisation, distributed generation, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, From Mathematics to the Technologies of Life and Death, future of work, game design, George Gilder, global village, Golden Gate Park, Hacker Ethic, Haight Ashbury, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, informal economy, invisible hand, Jaron Lanier, John Markoff, John von Neumann, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, market bubble, Marshall McLuhan, mass immigration, means of production, Menlo Park, Mitch Kapor, Mother of all demos, new economy, Norbert Wiener, peer-to-peer, post-industrial society, postindustrial economy, Productivity paradox, QWERTY keyboard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, Richard Stallman, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, Shoshana Zuboff, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, South of Market, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, Ted Nelson, Telecommunications Act of 1996, The Hackers Conference, theory of mind, urban renewal, Vannevar Bush, Whole Earth Catalog, Whole Earth Review, Yom Kippur War
Jerry Garcia, lead guitarist with the Dead, recalled the feeling that characterized the early Acid Tests and the Trips Festival: “Thousands of people, man, all helplessly stoned, all ﬁnding themselves in a room of thousands of people, none of whom any of them were afraid of. It was magic, far-out beautiful magic.”50 According to Tom Wolfe, it was also the start of the Haight-Ashbury era. The festival grossed $12,500 within three days and had spent very little in the way of overhead. Two weeks later, Bill Graham could be found staging a trips festival every weekend at the Fillmore. Within a year, teenagers from across America would be streaming into Haight-Ashbury, looking for the sort of bohemian utopia Graham was marketing. Reporters for Time and Life were not far behind. Almost immediately, San Francisco became Oz to a S t e w a r t B ran d M e e t s t h e C y b e r n e t i c C o u n t e r c u l t u r e [ 67 ] generation that had feared it would grow up into a black-and-white Kansas of a world—if it lived long enough in the face of nuclear weapons and the draft to grow up at all.
Ibid., 230 – 49. 49. America Needs Indians was one of several multimedia pieces Brand pulled together in the mid-1960s. During this period, multimedia art served as the primary forum within which he sought to “comprehensively design” collaborative, immersive social experiences. Brand and the visitor quoted in Perry, Haight-Ashbury, 19, 47. 50. Kesey and Garcia quoted in Lee and Shlain, Acid Dreams, 143, 144. For more on the Trips Festival and the Haight, see Perry, Haight-Ashbury, 41– 44. Chapter 3 1. Brand, interview, July 17, 2001. 2. Roszak, From Satori to Silicon Valley, 8. 3. For a fascinating account of the intermingling of countercultural and technological communities in this area at the time, see Markoff, What the Dormouse Said. 4. Brand, Last Whole Earth Catalog, 439. 5. McClanahan and Norman, “Whole Earth Catalog,” 95. 6.
For many in the counterculture, though by no means all, the work of expanding consciousness and increasing interpersonal intimacy was not an end in itself; it was a means by which to build alternative, egalitarian communities. Although historians and pundits alike remain fascinated with the sex, drugs, and rock and roll of the era, few today recall that in 1967 many of the hippies who made San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood the epicenter of the famed “Summer of Love” left the city early that fall and, together with thousands of others, helped launch the largest wave of communalization in American history. In the two centuries before 1965, historians and sociologists have estimated that Americans established between ﬁve hundred and seven hundred communes.70 Between 1965 and 1972, they have estimated that somewhere between several thousand and several tens of thousands of communes were created, with most appearing between 1967 and 1970.71 Judson Jerome, perhaps the most rigorous surveyor of the movement, has estimated that in the early 1970s, some 750,000 people lived in a total of more than ten thousand communes nationwide.72 T h e S h i ft i n g P o l i t i c s o f t h e C o m p u t at i o n a l M e t a p h o r [ 33 ] Many of these new communities sprang up on hillsides and wooded lots far from America’s urban capitals.
The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales From a Strange Time by Hunter S. Thompson
anti-communist, back-to-the-land, buy low sell high, complexity theory, computer age, cuban missile crisis, desegregation, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Francisco Pizarro, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, job automation, land reform, Mason jar, New Journalism, non-fiction novel, Norman Mailer, Ronald Reagan, urban decay, urban renewal, urban sprawl
So it is no coincidence that the Haight-Ashbury scene developed very suddenly in the winter of 1966-1967 from the quiet, neo-Bohemian enclave that it had been for four or five years to the crowded, defiant dope fortress that it is today. The hippies, who had never really believed they were the wave of the future anyway, saw the election returns as brutal confirmation of the futility of fighting the establishment on its own terms. There had to be a whole new scene, they said, and the only way to do it was to make the big move -- either figuratively or literally -- from Berkeley to the Haight-Ashbury, from pragmatism to mysticism, from politics to dope, from the hangups of protest to the peaceful disengagement of love, nature and spontaneity. The credo of the Haight-Ashbury was expressed, about as well as it can be, by Joyce Francisco, 23-year-old advertising manager of the new hippy newspaper, The San Francisco Oracle.
Their bad action causes publicity and -- for some perverse reason -- an influx of bored, upward mobile types who dig the menace of "white ghetto" life and whose expense-account tastes drive local rents and street prices out of reach of the original settlers. . . who are forced, once again, to move on. One of the most hopeful developments of the failed Haight/Ashbury scene was the exodus to rural communes. Most of the communes failed -- for reasons that everybody can see now, in retrospect (like that scene in Easy Rider where all those poor freaks were trying to grow their crops in dry sand) -- but the few that succeeded, like the Hog Farm in New Mexico, kept a whole generation of heads believing that the future lay somewhere outside the cities. In Aspen, hundreds of Haight-Ashbury refugees tried to settle in the wake of that ill-fated "Summer of Love" in 1967. The summer was a wild and incredible dope orgy here, but when winter came the crest of that wave broke and drifted on the shoals of local problems such as jobs, housing and deep snow on the roads to shacks that, a few months earlier, had been easily accessible.
During 1966, the hot center of revolutionary action on the Coast began moving across the bay to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, a run down Victorian neighborhood of about 40 square blocks between the Negro/Fillmore district and Golden Gate Park. The "Hashbury" is the new capital of what is rapidly becoming a drug culture. Its denizens are not called radicals or beatniks, but "hippies" -- and perhaps as many as half are refugees from Berkeley and the old North Beach scene, the cradle and the casket of the so-called Beat Generation. The other half of the hippy population is too young to identify with Jack Kerouac, or even with Mario Savio. Their average age is about 20, and most are native Californians. The North Beach types of the late nineteen-fifties were not nearly as provincial as the Haight-Ashbury types are today. The majority of beatniks who flocked into San Francisco 10 years ago were transients from the East and Midwest.
Frommer's San Francisco 2012 by Matthew Poole, Erika Lenkert, Kristin Luna
airport security, Albert Einstein, Bay Area Rapid Transit, California gold rush, car-free, centre right, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, El Camino Real, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Loma Prieta earthquake, Mason jar, Maui Hawaii, place-making, Port of Oakland, post-work, sensible shoes, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, Torches of Freedom, transcontinental railway, urban renewal, Works Progress Administration, young professional
Frommer's San Francisco 2012® Table of Contents The Best of San Francisco The best Only-in-San Francisco Experiences The best splurge Hotels The best Moderately Priced Hotels The best Dining Experiences The best Things to Do for Free (or Almost) 10 More free & dirt-cheap secrets The best Outdoor Activities The best Offbeat Travel Experiences 10 Places to spot locals in their natural habitats San Francisco in Depth San Francisco Today Looking Back at San Francisco San Francisco in Popular Culture: Books, Films & Music When to Go San Francisco Neighborhoods & Suggested Itineraries Where to Stay What You’ll Really Pay The Best Hotel Bets Union Square Nob Hill SoMa Accommodations with free parking The best Family-Friendly Hotels The Financial District Sleeping seaside North Beach/Fisherman’s Wharf The Marina/Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow Japantown & Environs Civic Center The Castro Haight-Ashbury Near San Francisco International Airport Practical Information Where to Eat The Best Restaurant Bets Union Square Financial District The sun on your face at Belden Place SoMa Nob Hill/Russian Hill Chinatown North Beach/Telegraph Hill Fisherman’s Wharf The Marina/Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow sweet Nothings Japantown Civic Center/Hayes Valley Hidden treasures Mission District i scream for artisanal ice cream! The Castro & Noe Valley Top Chef’s Yigit Pura Picks Your Next dessert Haight-Ashbury Richmond/Sunset Districts Practical Information Exploring San Francisco Famous San Francisco Sights Funky Favorites at fisherman’s wharf Museums San Francisco’s Old-Fashioned arcade museum free Culture Neighborhoods Worth a Visit fortune cookie Factory The Presidio & Golden Gate National Recreation Area Golden Gate Park Religious Buildings Worth Checking Out Architectural Highlights Especially for kids Self-Guided & Organized Tours Getting Outside A whale of a Tale Spectator Sports City Strolls Shopping The Shopping Scene Shopping A to Z amazing Grazing San Francisco After Dark The Performing Arts Comedy & Cabaret The Club & Music Scene Drinking & smoking laws underground Entertainment The Bar Scene Eugenio Picks Your Next wine bar Gay & Lesbian Bars & Clubs heklina reviews Every Gay Bar in the Castro Film Side Trips from San Francisco Berkeley Oakland The USS Potomac: FDR’s floating white house Angel Island & Tiburon Sausalito A Picnic Lunch, sausalito style Marin, Muir Woods & Mount Tamalpais The Wine Country Napa Valley The Ins & Outs of shipping wine home Price Categories Enjoying art & nature What You’ll Really Pay Where to Stock Up for a gourmet picnic Sonoma Valley wannabe winemakers Pack Up for Sonoma’s “Grape Camp” Touring the sonoma valley by bike Planning Your Trip to San Francisco Getting There Getting Around Finding local gay events San Francisco 2012 by Matthew Poole & Erika Lenkert with Kristin Luna Published by: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 111 River St.
This outdoor fair celebrates San Francisco with themes, gourmet food booths, music, entertainment, and a juried art show featuring works by more than 250 artists. It’s a great time and a chance to see the city’s young well-to-dos partying it up. Call the Union Street Association ( 415/441-7055) for more information or see www.unionstreetfestival.com. First weekend of June. Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, Haight-Ashbury. A far cry from the froufrou Union Street Fair, this grittier fair features alternative crafts, ethnic foods, rock bands, and a healthy number of hippies and street kids whooping it up and slamming beers in front of the blaring rock-’n’-roll stage. The fair usually extends along Haight Street between Stanyan and Ashbury streets. For details and the exact date, call 415/863-3489 or visit www.haightashburystreetfair.org.
There is often live entertainment on summer weekends and during spring’s cherry blossom festival, including Japanese music and dance performances, tea ceremonies, flower-arranging demonstrations, martial-arts presentations, and other cultural events. The Japan Center ( 415/922-7765) is open daily from 10am to midnight, although most shops close much earlier. To get there, take bus no. 2, 3, or 4 (exit at Buchanan and Sutter sts.) or no. 22 or 38 (exit at the northeast corner of Geary Blvd. and Fillmore St.). The Sokoji–Soto Zen Buddhist Temple. Haight-Ashbury Few of San Francisco’s neighborhoods are as varied—or as famous—as Haight-Ashbury. Walk along Haight Street, and you’ll encounter everything from drug-dazed drifters begging for change to an armada of the city’s funky-trendy shops, clubs, and cafes. Turn anywhere off Haight, and instantly you’re among the clean-cut, young urban professionals who can afford the steep rents in this hip ’hood. The result is an interesting mix of well-to-do and well-screw-you aging flower children, former Dead-heads, homeless people, and throngs of tourists who try not to stare as they wander through this most human of zoos.
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
—MISS PEGGY LEE A Preface THIS BOOK is called Slouching Towards Bethlehem because for several years now certain lines from the Yeats poem which appears two pages back have reverberated in my inner ear as if they were surgically implanted there. The widening gyre, the falcon which does not hear the falconer, the gaze blank and pitiless as the sun; those have been my points of reference, the only images against which much of what I was seeing and hearing and thinking seemed to make any pattern. “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” is also the title of one piece in the book, and that piece, which derived from some time spent in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, was for me both the most imperative of all these pieces to write and the only one that made me despondent after it was printed. It was the first time I had dealt directly and flatly with the evidence of atomization, the proof that things fall apart: I went to San Francisco because I had not been able to work in some months, had been paralyzed by the conviction that writing was an irrelevant act, that the world as I had understood it no longer existed.
And after it was printed I saw that, however directly and flatly I thought I had said it, I had failed to get through to many of the people who read and even liked the piece, failed to suggest that I was talking about something more general than a handful of children wearing mandalas on their foreheads. Disc jockeys telephoned my house and wanted to discuss (on the air) the incidence of “filth” in the Haight-Ashbury, and acquaintances congratulated me on having finished the piece “just in time,” because “the whole fad’s dead now, fini, kaput.” I suppose almost everyone who writes is afflicted some of the time by the suspicion that nobody out there is listening, but it seemed to me then (perhaps because the piece was important to me) that I had never gotten a feedback so universally beside the point. Almost all of the pieces here were written for magazines during 1965, 1966, and 1967, and most of them, to get that question out of the way at the outset, were “my idea.”
Max and Don share a joint in the car and we go over to North Beach to find out if Otto, who has a temporary job there, wants to go to Malakoff Diggings. Otto is pitching some electronics engineers. The engineers view our arrival with some interest, maybe, I think, because Max is wearing bells and an Indian headband. Max has a low tolerance for straight engineers and their Freudian hang-ups. “Look at ‘em,” he says. “They’re always yelling ‘queer’ and then they come sneaking down to the Haight-Ashbury trying to get the hippie chick because she fucks.” We do not get around to asking Otto about Malakoff Diggings because he wants to tell me about a fourteen-year-old he knows who got busted in the Park the other day. She was just walking through the Park, he says, minding her own, carrying her schoolbooks, when the cops took her in and booked her and gave her a pelvic.”Fourteen years old” Otto says.”A pelvic!”
City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco by Chester W. Hartman, Sarah Carnochan
affirmative action, Albert Einstein, Bay Area Rapid Transit, big-box store, business climate, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, housing crisis, illegal immigration, John Markoff, Loma Prieta earthquake, manufacturing employment, new economy, New Urbanism, profit motive, Ralph Nader, rent control, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, strikebreaker, union organizing, urban planning, urban renewal, very high income, young professional
., 315n Grace Cathedral, 267n Graﬁlo, Tony, 138, 139 Grand Hyatt, 24 Grand Southern Hotel, 221 Grant Building, 382 Graves, Cliff, 215n Gray Panthers, 312, 368 Greater San Francisco Association of Realtors, 359 Green Bay Packers, 424n44 Green Party, 255, 274 Gresham, Zane, 301 Grifﬁn, Everett, 17, 19, 25 Grifﬁth, Alice, 374 Grosvenor Properties, 286 Gryziec, Richard, 140, 141, 156–58, 213, 399, 417n27 Guam, 168 Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, 181 Guyana, 238 Hagan, Frank, 79 Haight-Ashbury district, 121, 140, 228, 233, 243, 244, 293, 337, 340, 364, 376, 379, 433n1 Haight-Ashbury Improvement Association, 377 Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council, 248 Hall, Tony, 274 Hallinan, Terence, 241, 242n, 353, 381 Hallinan, Vincent, 241 Halprin, Lawrence, 51 Hamilton, Wilbur, 30, 159, 165, 167, 193, 276, 277, 278 Handlery Union Square, 23 Harborplace, Baltimore, 160 Hard Hat Magazine, 332 Harney, Charles, 171, 172 Harris, George, 81, 82 Hartford, 162 Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club, 242, 248, 270 Hawes, Amanda, 77, 91, 95 Hayes Valley, 272, 374 Health Department, 366 Hearst Corporation, 39–42, 45, 268 Heider, Eddie, 78 Helfeld, Edward, 278, 279 Hellmuth, Obata & Kassebaum, 207 Helms, Jesse, 260n, 262 Index / 475 Herman, M.
The mayor’s 140 / Chapter 7 charge to his Select Committee stipulated that the plan it was to produce had to meet three tests: (1) It must be developed quickly in order to get a project under way—the committee would have ﬁve months to complete its work; (2) it “must result from genuine reconsideration of what is best for San Francisco”; and (3) it must have public support. The hard-working committee and its small staff (headed by Dan Gardner and Greg Oliver of the mayor’s economic development staff, with Haight-Ashbury activist Calvin Welch hired to do community outreach as a concession to the neighborhood organizations that had backed Moscone) held a series of neighborhood public hearings and formed subcommittees (on such issues as housing, economic development, and transportation). Following these hearings, the committee produced a set of six alternative plans, each stressing a speciﬁc type of land use or combination of uses: housing, light industry, open space, and others.
Creating districts and allowing the residents of each to elect a candidate who lived in the same district would increase the probability of being represented by supervisors with 227 228 / Chapter 11 closer ties to the neighborhoods and their problems, reducing as well the dominance of downtown power and money. The key movers of this plan organized as Citizens for Representative Government (CRG), a small, hard-working group of activists with strong roots in the Haight-Ashbury district. In 1970 and 1971, they held community meetings around the city to discuss their ideas and created an elevendistrict city map. In August 1972, they presented their plan to the supervisors, who responded by placing on the November ballot a complex, unwieldy advisory measure that presented voters with ﬁve alternative plans for restructuring the board election. Not surprisingly, with so many options, none received an overwhelming mandate; but two-thirds of the voters did favor a change from the at-large system, and among the alternatives, CRG’s eleven-district plan received the most votes.
The Bitcoin Guidebook: How to Obtain, Invest, and Spend the World's First Decentralized Cryptocurrency by Ian Demartino
3D printing, AltaVista, altcoin, bitcoin, blockchain, buy low sell high, capital controls, cloud computing, corporate governance, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, distributed ledger, Edward Snowden, Elon Musk, Ethereum, ethereum blockchain, fiat currency, Firefox, forensic accounting, global village, GnuPG, Google Earth, Haight Ashbury, Jacob Appelbaum, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, litecoin, M-Pesa, Marc Andreessen, Marshall McLuhan, Oculus Rift, peer-to-peer, peer-to-peer lending, Ponzi scheme, prediction markets, QR code, ransomware, Ross Ulbricht, Satoshi Nakamoto, self-driving car, Skype, smart contracts, Steven Levy, the medium is the message, underbanked, WikiLeaks, Zimmermann PGP
In 1967, several mainstream media outlets covered the growing acid wave in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco; popular music of the time—such as Scott McKenzie’s San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)—advertised the lifestyle that was developing there. This public attention caused streams of disenfranchised youth to descend on the city looking for free lodging, free food, free drugs, and free love. But the economics of thousands of people wanting stuff for free and increasingly fewer people willing to give it to them simply didn’t work out in the long run. Eventually, some of the older, more experienced residents of Haight-Ashbury began to prey on tourists visiting the district as well as new arrivals. There are many theories as to why the hippie movement originating in Haight-Ashbury didn’t survive, and I am not in a position to judge.
There are many theories as to why the hippie movement originating in Haight-Ashbury didn’t survive, and I am not in a position to judge. What was clear to just about everyone who wrote about the movement, however, was that the massive influx of people put a stress on the community. It is safe to say that by 1969, someone trying to find a hippie in Haight-Ashbury was at least as likely to find someone masquerading as one with the intention of profiting off the movement’s reputation. There are a lot of parallels to be drawn between Bitcoin and Haight-Ashbury. When the price of Bitcoin exploded in 2011 and again in late 2013–early 2014, the currency attracted the attention of mainstream media outlets and through them, hundreds of thousands of semi- and wannabe technonerds desperate to catch the next wave of digital wealth. But there already were thousands of people in the Bitcoin economy and they had years of experience in a realm where experience was exceedingly rare.
But there already were thousands of people in the Bitcoin economy and they had years of experience in a realm where experience was exceedingly rare. Unlike the hippie movement of the late 1960s, which was based on rejection of money and material goods, the Bitcoin movement is all about money. Bitcoin is a currency, after all. Although the behavior of the Haight-Ashbury scammers was in opposition to the hippies’ philosophy, the Bitcoin “movement” revolves around money, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it has attracted those whom Hunter S. Thompson would call “the Greedheads.” Many of us were attracted—some might say lured—to Bitcoin by the eloquent words of people such as Andreas Antonopoulos and Roger Ver, two well-spoken Bitcoin evangelists, each of whom was at one point or another labeled a “Bitcoin Jesus.” They promised a new economic system, one that would be less dependent on greed and thievery.
This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America by Ryan Grim
airport security, Alexander Shulgin, anti-communist, back-to-the-land, Burning Man, crack epidemic, double helix, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, East Village, failed state, global supply chain, Haight Ashbury, illegal immigration, John Markoff, Kickstarter, longitudinal study, mandatory minimum, new economy, New Urbanism, PIHKAL and TIHKAL, RAND corporation, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, Steve Jobs, trade route, transatlantic slave trade, union organizing, Upton Sinclair, upwardly mobile, urban decay, women in the workforce
The trade was dominated by the gang so much so that the drug was known as “biker speed” or “biker meth.” As the Angels’ product crossed from the criminal underworld to the hippie counterculture, the New York Times wrote of speed freaks hanging out at Tracy’s doughnut shop in Haight-Ashbury and strung-out “meth monsters” haunting the East Village. Some turned-on kids, much to the alarm of speed-eschewing psychonauts, were doing their parents’ drug. During the Summer of Love, “Speed Kills” buttons were distributed by a Haight-Ashbury free clinic as the counterculture tried to correct itself with a self-devised antimeth campaign. By the fall, the buttons had made an ironic cameo in a lurid Time magazine rape-and-murder story informing readers that “[d]rug-induced violence is nothing new to the neighborhoods where hippies live.”
Donald Ramsey, 26, who wears the fez of the Yoruba sect, a Black Nationalist cult, and whose apartment on the fifth floor of the murder building is decorated with Black Power posters; Thomas Dennis, also 26, a pot-smoking wino who hung out on the hippie fringe and proclaimed a code of racial violence; and Fred Wright, 31, assistant janitor in the building who lived in a small room just off the cellar, and who was held on “related” charges of raping and robbing another hippie girl just hours before the slayings. For the most part, the new crop of speed freaks eschewed inhalers and pills; they injected liquid amphetamines obtained through the black market or cooked up in secret labs. A 1970 feature in the Times described the new image of meth in now-familiar terms: “The speed epidemic blossomed about three years ago in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district and quickly popped up in the nation’s other hippie drug haven, New York’s East Village. Quiet flower children became ravaged scarecrows. The cannibalism of speed was easy to spot: emaciated bodies cocked in twisted postures; caved-in jaws, grinding and grinding; pockmarked skin, torn and scratched and white, and a constant talking, talking, talking.” The story states that, according to the FDA, methamphetamine was the “most popular drug of clandestine chemists.”
O Centro Espirita Beneficiente União do Vegetal Gonzales v. Raich Gonzalez, Henry Gore, Al Gore, Tipper Gorman, Tom Government Executive GQ Graham, Katharine Grateful Dead Green Earth Pharmacy Greenfield, Robert Greenland, Colin Griffee, Vanessa Marie Grinspoon, Lester Grob, Charles grunge bands Guevara, Che Guillermoprieto, Alma Guzmán, Joaquín Hague Opium Convention Haight-Ashbury Haislip, Gene hallucinogens. See Ecstasy; LSD (acid) Halpern, John Hamilton, Alexander Hanna, Jon Harborside Health Center Harding, Warren G. Harmelin, Allen Harris, Oren Harrison Narcotics Tax Act Hauser, Stuart T. Hawaii Hazelden Foundation Healing the Child Within (Whitfield) Hell’s Angels hemp Herbert, Kevin Herer, Jack Herlands, William heroin “heroin chic,” international drug trade and Mafia and “High on Cocaine” (Time) High Times Hightower, Dorie “high,” use of term Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment hip-hop Hitler, Adolf Hitz, Frederick R.
Hollow City by Rebecca Solnit, Susan Schwartzenberg
blue-collar work, Brownian motion, dematerialisation, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, housing crisis, informal economy, Jane Jacobs, Loma Prieta earthquake, low skilled workers, new economy, New Urbanism, pets.com, rent control, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, union organizing, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, wage slave
I had to it was easy to find another a move out because we couldn't same time Wallace and Shirley's rent went up fi-om $65 at the really didn't want them and Wallace and Shirley and Then we cheapest Chinese restaurant eating hot dogs and peanut butter sandwiches." As went up rent —they Square. the street about after eat out place. down in we moved in, about six or seven houses east of us on Artists lived much more modestly then than now, he added. months three moved and didn't have from the northern any there. So [their son] real I "^^ problems —the building to Oak Alamo They had moved Western Addition, near as the Haight-Ashbury. Meanwhile, the 2322 Fillmore Building became Bateau Lavoir over to 1205 Tosh moved over to the southern edge of the what would become known moved in a sort of latter-day which Picasso and many of his peers lived during their starving-in-Montmartre phase. McClure and his family, gallerist James Newman, painter Sonia Gechtoff, and Brown and Bill Brown later the painters lived at 2322 Fillmore as neighbors Joan and friends of — A REAL ESTATE HISTORY OF THE AVANT-GARDE DeFeo and Wally Hedrick.
Generation ary spirit X The overwhelming majority of bounty it, that —and this sixties spilled over confirmed what I, born on the baby -boom/ was made possible by an economy so expansive that onto the middle-class kids who didn t participate in freedom was, so to speak, more affordable then, the margins 1977, everything economy; wages had like hippies lived off Dozens of Haight-Ashbury households wider and more inviting than ever before or By that cusp had always suspected: that the widespread revolution- of the its all economy of selling dope communes doing pornography, but welfare or checks from home."^'* paid no rent at cash was different. since. There had been a huge change the fat of the land had been pretty failures in the started to flatten out as inflation skyrocketed, places San Francisco had undergone huge increases between the far of much eaten up.
is this history, the differences more or less middle literally gets work condos gleaming amid which of the city can only press up against important to discuss another factor in The civility abil- have written about the relations between those in the cafe of redevelopment and those it's more than that a lot of people have recently arrived in is wealthy; their cumulative effect of between Some of but we have artists as well as developers to thank for the nouveaux riches of San Francisco refuse to cohabit SKID MARKS ON THE SOCIAL CONTRACT with the poor, the needy, the recent arrival from Seattle borhood complains "invites these where I pay clientele trial and even with blue-collar work. (A festive, who bought a loft condo in an industrial neigh- that the Maritime Hall, a longtime nightclub nearby, people not just to the Maritime but to a hell of a lot of become more 121 money to live.")^ my neighborhood, As the Haight-Ashbury has affluent, tolerance has declined for social services and their of drug users, homeless people and runaway kids. In the indus- neighborhoods, the buyers of live /work spaces are notorious for pro- and sometimes successfully shutting down the actual industries testing and cultural activities of the neighborhood. If true gentrification includes kind of refusal to coexist, then bohemians are indeed a distinct and this separate much phenomenon, since they generally coexist enthusiastically.
San Francisco by Lonely Planet
airport security, Albert Einstein, Apple II, back-to-the-land, banking crisis, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, California gold rush, car-free, carbon footprint, centre right, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, David Brooks, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, G4S, game design, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Joan Didion, Loma Prieta earthquake, Mason jar, New Urbanism, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, stealth mode startup, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, transcontinental railway, urban sprawl, Whole Earth Catalog, Zipcar
Carnaval Brazilian or just faking it with a wax and a tan? Get head-dressed to impress, shake your tail feathers in the Mission and conga through the inevitable fog during Carnaval (www.carnavalsf.com); last weekend of May. June Since 1971, Pride has grown into a month-long extravaganza, with movie premieres and street parties culminating in the million-strong Pride Parade. In sun or fog, the Summer of Love returns to the Haight. Haight Ashbury St Fair Free music on two stages, plus macramé, tie-dye and herbal brownies surreptitiously for sale: all that’s missing is the free love. Held every mid-June since 1978, when Harvey Milk helped make the first Haight fair (www.haightashburystreetfair.org) happen. San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Here, queer and ready for a premiere for three decades, the oldest, biggest gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) film fest (www.frameline.org) anywhere screens 250 films from 25 countries over two weeks in the second half of June.
Only a very mysterious, very local illness could explain the number of neighborhood medical marijuana clubs, and tie-dyes and ideals have never entirely gone out of fashion here – hence the highly prized vintage psychedelic rock tees on the wall at Wasteland ( Click here ) and Bound Together Anarchist Book Collective ( Click here ). Some ’60s memories are better left behind: habits were kicked in the neighborhood’s many rehabs, and many an intimate itch has been mercifully treated gratis at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic ( Click here ). To relive the highlights of the era, a short walking tour ( Click here ) passes the former flophouses of the Haight’s most famous and infamous residents. Don’t Miss… » Haight Flashback walking tour » Mysterious 4:20 clock at Haight & Ashbury Sts » Anarchists of the Americas mural at Bound Together Anarchist Book Collective » Lower Haight bars Practicalities » Haight St btwn Fillmore & Stanyan Sts » Haight St Lower & Upper Haight Since the ’60s, Haight St has divided into two major splinter factions, divided by a Divisadero St strip of indie boutiques, trendy bars and restaurants.
Civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on April 8, 1968, followed by the fatal shooting of Robert Kennedy on June 5, right after he’d won California’s presidential primary. Radicals worldwide called for revolution, and separatist groups like Oakland’s Black Panther Party for Self-Defense took up arms. Meanwhile, recreational drug-taking was turning into a thankless career for many, a distinct itch in the nether regions was making the rounds, and still more busloads of teenage runaways were arriving in the ill-equipped, wigged-out Haight. The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic ( Click here ) helped with the rehabbing and the itching, but the disillusionment seemed incurable when Hell’s Angels beat protestors in Berkeley and turned on the crowd at a free Rolling Stones concert at Altamont. Many idealists headed ‘back to the land’ in the bucolic North Bay, jumpstarting California’s organic farm movement. A dark streak emerged among those who remained, including young Charles Manson, the Symbionese Liberation Army (better known post-1974 as Patty Hearst’s kidnappers) and an evangelical egomaniac named Jim Jones, who would obligate 900 followers to commit mass suicide in 1978.
The Metropolitan Revolution: The Rise of Post-Urban America by Jon C. Teaford
anti-communist, big-box store, conceptual framework, desegregation, Detroit bankruptcy, East Village, edge city, estate planning, Golden Gate Park, Gunnar Myrdal, Haight Ashbury, housing crisis, illegal immigration, Jane Jacobs, Joan Didion, low skilled workers, manufacturing employment, Nelson Mandela, New Urbanism, plutocrats, Plutocrats, Potemkin village, rent control, Seaside, Florida, Silicon Valley, the built environment, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, Victor Gruen, War on Poverty, women in the workforce, young professional
in which he claimed that the district offered “too much in the way of ‘fun boutiques,’ ‘interesting restaurants,’ and ‘unusual nightspots” to raise any questions about value in art.”28 America’s West Coast provided the best example of the shift from hippie domain to gentrified enclave. In the late 1960s, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district was the capital of the hippie world, its “Summer of Love” in 1967 attracting tens of thousands of young people seeking a psychedelic high. Although still a counterculture icon, the area deteriorated into a heroin ghetto by the early 1970s. During the 1970s, however, its avant-garde reputation, together with its supply of affordable housing convenient to downtown, attracted a new population of venturesome young white professionals. By 1978, the Wall Street Journal was able to report that the former hippie magnet was turning “into a bastion of the middle class.” In 1970 the average price of houses in Haight-Ashbury was $33,000, 8 percent above the citywide median; ten years later, it was more than $150,000, 44 percent over San Francisco’s median.
In 1970 the average price of houses in Haight-Ashbury was $33,000, 8 percent above the citywide median; ten years later, it was more than $150,000, 44 percent over San Francisco’s median. In 1970 the district was 33 percent black; in 1980 blacks constituted only 20 percent of Haight-Ashbury’s population. One resident reminisced: “When I bought my house in Upper Ashbury from a black family in 1970, there was a hippie commune living in the other unit of the building…. There were a lot of families with kids around then, and a lot of blacks.” But by 1980, he claimed there were “hardly any” blacks or children left. “My street has been bought mainly by young white professionals.”29 Such marked changes did not appeal to everyone, and during the late 1970s and the 1980s many felt threatened by the white Yuppie invaders. The newcomers ushered in a wave of redevelopment that seemed destined to erase the indigenous lifestyles of the counterculture devotees or the working-class residents who had formerly claimed the neighborhood as their own.
The newcomers ushered in a wave of redevelopment that seemed destined to erase the indigenous lifestyles of the counterculture devotees or the working-class residents who had formerly claimed the neighborhood as their own. In 1978 a McDonald’s opened on the main street of Haight-Ashbury, and in 1986 a Gap clothing store joined it, marking the triumph of the mainstream middle class over those who had rejected the homogeneous, conformist culture of chain stores.30 Similarly, Yuppie bars supplanted working-class taverns in neighborhoods that had traditionally provided comfortable refuges for blue-collar families. Moreover, rising real-estate values meant increased rents and soaring property tax assessments that counterculture habitués and working-class residents could not afford. Gentrification seemed to spell displacement for many incumbent residents of rehabilitated neighborhoods. And fear of displacement stirred protests.
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein
affirmative action, Alistair Cooke, American ideology, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, Bretton Woods, cognitive dissonance, cuban missile crisis, delayed gratification, desegregation, East Village, European colonialism, full employment, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, immigration reform, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, index card, indoor plumbing, Joan Didion, Kitchen Debate, liberal capitalism, Mahatma Gandhi, Marshall McLuhan, Monroe Doctrine, moral panic, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, Own Your Own Home, Paul Samuelson, plutocrats, Plutocrats, price mechanism, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, sexual politics, the medium is the message, traveling salesman, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, walking around money, War on Poverty, white picket fence, Whole Earth Catalog
The notion of the “Summer of Love” as some kind of untroubled idyll became impossible for the media to sustain: too many desperate flower children were addicted to hard drugs, turning tricks to survive. Joan Didion published an essay in the Saturday Evening Post about what she saw when she looked in on Time magazine’s Man of the Year in Haight-Ashbury: catatonics who left toddler children alone to start electrical fires and scolded them only for ruining the hashish. She called her piece “Slouching toward Bethlehem,” after a poem by Yeats: “The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere / The ceremony of innocence is drowned.” She didn’t even note the charismatic outlaw in Haight-Ashbury that summer luring young girls into his orbit the way Clyde lured Bonnie: a songwriter by the name of Charles Manson. The NYPD maintained a twenty-man undercover detail to help terrified parents find runaways. The New York Times’s J.
“The outcry of a generation is finally being taken seriously,” ran a letter responding to Time from a Steve Forrer, Gettysburg College, Class of ’69 (Time always included young letter-writers’ ages). “We are thinkers, cool guys, picketers, workers, fighters, but most of all we are the future of America—and that doesn’t scare us.” Pundits spoke of the 26 million new citizens who would come of voting age by the time the 1972 presidential election rolled around, politics’ new X-factor. In “paisley ghettos” such as Haight-Ashbury and New York’s East Village and Old Town in Chicago, teenagers chartered brave new worlds. The manifesto of the first gathering of publishers of the new “underground” press proclaimed as their purpose, “To warn the ‘civilized world’ of its impending collapse,” through “communications among aware communities outside the establishment.” (San Francisco that summer, the underground paper IVO promised, would be “the Rome of a future world founded on love.”)
To him, a hippie was someone “who dresses like Tarzan, has hair like Jane, and smells like Cheetah.” His national audience swooned. CHAPTER NINE Summer of Love WHILE SOME AMERICANS SWOONED ABOUT REAGAN, AN ENTIRELY noncontiguous group, which included portions of the national commentariat, were swooning about something called the Summer of Love—in which, a Washington Post reporter sent to its epicenter in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco wrote in his book We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against, “youth drew attention to itself by clustering in large numbers in most major American cities, where they broke the narcotics laws proudly, publicly, and defiantly. At the same time, they enunciated a different social philosophy and a new politics, and perhaps even mothered into life a subculture that was new to America.”
Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith
British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Lindbergh, cuban missile crisis, full employment, game design, Haight Ashbury, Jeff Bezos, low earth orbit, Mark Shuttleworth, Mars Rover, Marshall McLuhan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Naomi Klein, Norman Mailer, nuclear winter, orbital mechanics / astrodynamics, pensions crisis, Ronald Reagan
He offers me a cup of coffee in his bright Texan drawl and gently cautions against hanging my leather jacket on the coat rack, because that’s Lhasa Apso territory and my incursion upon it would play havoc with the house social order, from whence it would be but a small step to anarchy. So I sling the jacket on a chair as Alan introduces the dogs by names which would make Tinky Winky blush. APOLLO 12, the second mission to the Moon, flew in November 1969, at the end of what had been a strange couple of years. The hippies of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco had failed to pacify 1967 by declaring a “Summer of Love,” but 1968 was terrifying to most people. Thanks to the new satellite TV technology, the world now watched in real time as student protesters were beaten all over the U.S. and in Tokyo, Nairobi, Dacca and Prague, where Soviet tanks crushed Alexander Dubcek’s experiment in liberalization. Mick Jagger wrote the Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man,” about the first violent anti-Vietnam demonstration in London, which he’d attended, while in the U.S.
Afterwards, I began to wonder whether you needed to have been there for any of this to make sense, whether you had to experience real fear that the lunar fantasy could drift into horror in order to feel any attachment to it? But then, working late two nights before I left the UK for Florida and Ed Mitchell’s grown-up flower children, a tune came on the radio which set what appeared to be a recording of Ed White’s ecstatic first American spacewalk to a lolloping techno backing. That stroll in space happened in 1965, as hippies flocked to Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco; racial tensions prepared to erupt across LA; Time magazine declared “Swinging London” the locus of world hip and predicted that one million doses of acid would be taken in the next year. The tune turned out to be “Space Walk,” by a group called Lemon Jelly, and it went on to establish them as a major act in Europe. I called to ask what had led Lemon Jelly to Ed White and the group’s Fred Deakin told me that they’d found an old album called Flight to the Moon, which contained recordings from the space programme, and they’d been struck by how emotive they still were.
Burlington, Ontario: Apogee Books, 2001. Hartmann, William K. (ed.) et al. In the Stream of Stars: The Soviet/ American Space Art Book . New York: Workman Publishing, 1990. Heinlein, Robert A. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress . New York: Orb, 1997. Hobsbawm, Eric. Age of Extremes: The Short History of the Twentieth Century 1914–1991 . London: Abacus, 1995. Hoskyns, Barney. Beneath the Diamond Sky: Haight-Ashbury 1965–1970 . London: Bloomsbury, 1997. Hughes, Ted. Moon-Whales and Other Poems . New York: Viking Press, 1976. Kauffman, James L. Selling Outer Space: Kennedy, the Media, and Funding for Project Apollo, 1961–1963 . Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1994. Kelly, Thomas J. Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module . Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001. Kozloski, Lillian D.
Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson by Corey Seymour, Johnny Depp, Jann S. Wenner
Bonfire of the Vanities, buy low sell high, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Mason jar, New Journalism, Norman Mailer, Ralph Nader, rolodex, Saturday Night Live, South China Sea, South of Market, San Francisco, Y2K
He and I rented a trailer and I moved them down, which was another adventure because the mattress flew out of the trailer, as it usually does. It was there where he mostly wrote Hell’s Angels. CHAPTER THREE San Francisco, Hells Angels, and Merry Pranksters I saw him two days after they beat him up. Both of his eyes were filled with blood. His ribs were taped. He could hardly stand up. SANDY THOMPSON We moved to San Francisco and got a place at the top of Golden Gate Park, right at the edge of the Haight. The Haight-Ashbury scene was just beginning—this was in ’65. We had very little money. Every once in a while there would be an article and a little more money, and one of these was the piece for The Nation on the Hells Angels. So that’s where it all began. Ian Ballantine, who would become Hunter’s book editor, came out from New York and offered Hunter a contract. DR. BOB GEIGER I’d drive down to San Francisco to see Hunter when he was writing Hell’s Angels.
The old guard was still pretty much in political power, and the young people, like Hunter and a lot of others, were coming to town, and we were a hundred times more liberal than what was here. JOE EDWARDS was living in Aspen in the spring of 1968. I had just graduated from law school and was sitting in my office when some guys from the physics institute in town walked in and said, “Are you aware of what’s going on in municipal court?” I wasn’t, really, but they said, “Well, it’s really appalling. The city police are harassing these hippies. . . .” Haight-Ashbury was breaking out, and hippies were drifting across the country. They were coming to Aspen and hanging out. There had been a petition from the businesspeople to the city council to get rid of undesirable transients, and there were six kids that had been thrown in jail for hitchhiking—and everyone got sentenced to three months. One of them was fourteen. He’d been in town ten minutes and now he was in jail with no shirt and no shoes.
JACK NICHOLSON, the actor, has a home in Aspen. PAUL OAKENFOLD is a British DJ and producer. ANN OWLSLEY was a Woody Creek neighbor of Hunter’s. PAUL PASCARELLA, an artist, moved to Aspen in 1968. He helped create the “gonzo fist” logo. SEAN PENN, the actor, was in talks with Hunter regarding a film of The Rum Diary. CHARLES PERRY was Rolling Stone’s first copy chief. He is the author of The Haight-Ashbury: A History. TOBIAS PERSE was an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone in 1994. PETE PETERS was a friend of Hunter’s younger brother Jim. Roxanne Pulitzer met Hunter while he was covering her 1983 divorce trial in Palm Beach. SALLY QUINN, formerly a reporter for the Washington Post, is an author and hostess in Washington, D.C. CLIFFORD RIDLEY was Hunter’s editor at the National Observer from 1962 to 1965.
Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation by Yossi Klein Halevi
The TV news veered between Israel and California, where hippies from all over America were gathering in the streets. They smoked marijuana and banana peels at be-ins and love-ins, laughing as they described how the seeming solidity of the world dissolved into colored patterns, a miracle landscape accessible to anyone who only knew how to look. Like the Jews after the Six-Day War, the hippies were celebrating simple existence. The “Summer of Love,” they called it. In the San Francisco neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury, barefoot hippies with long hair and embroidered robes danced with bells and tambourines, as though the return of the biblical lands to the Jews had inspired a biblical resurrection. I listened to FM radio, where they played songs coming out of San Francisco. The incessant music pulled me into its strangeness. Even the names of the bands were mysterious, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Grateful Dead, as though language itself were being refashioned for a new kind of communication.
His songs seeped into the Jewish people almost anonymously, becoming instant classics, as though transmitted from a distant, vital past. Shlomo was the poet of the lost Jews. He traveled the world, inspiring miracles of Jewish renewal. In communist Prague he danced all night with young Jews surrounded by secret police and then in exhausted ecstasy wrote the SSSJ theme song, “Am Yisrael Chai,” the people of Israel live. He danced in the streets of Haight-Ashbury with the hippies, whom he called by his own Yiddish endearment, “holy hippalach.” Shlomo taught that Jewish redemption would come not from the self-satisfied Orthodox with their three-piece Shabbos suits and kosher Chinese restaurants but from the periphery—the hippies looking for God in material America, the Soviet Jews and the SSSJ kids throwing themselves against either side of the Iron Curtain, all those trying to tear down walls and staking their lives on a miracle.
Drugs 2.0: The Web Revolution That's Changing How the World Gets High by Mike Power
air freight, Alexander Shulgin, banking crisis, bitcoin, blockchain, Buckminster Fuller, Burning Man, cloud computing, credit crunch, crowdsourcing, death of newspapers, Donald Davies, double helix, Douglas Engelbart, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, fiat currency, Firefox, Fractional reserve banking, frictionless, Haight Ashbury, John Bercow, John Markoff, Kevin Kelly, Leonard Kleinrock, means of production, Menlo Park, moral panic, Mother of all demos, Network effects, nuclear paranoia, packet switching, pattern recognition, PIHKAL and TIHKAL, pre–internet, QR code, RAND corporation, Satoshi Nakamoto, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), sexual politics, Skype, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Stewart Brand, trade route, Whole Earth Catalog, Zimmermann PGP
(These descriptions deliberately and necessarily simplify the interaction between drugs and the brain, since each category of drugs actually acts on both systems at once, and each system is far too complicated for any non-scientist to describe – or read about.) As the social taboos and moral panics around psychedelics started to build, Dow found itself the uneasy holder of patents for powerful psychedelics such as DOM – a designer drug created by Shulgin and popularized following the outlawing of LSD. This potent drug flooded the streets of Haight-Ashbury in 1967 and is said to have caused many traumatic episodes as tablets containing guaranteed overdoses of the chemical circulated in their thousands. Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd is said to have been profoundly affected by the drug in the years preceding his nervous breakdown and withdrawal from society.4 Shulgin left Dow in 1965 and set up his home laboratory in Lafayette, where he continued engineering new drugs from the basic mescaline phenethylamine structure.
., 1 Forensic Science Service, 1 Forsyth, Alasdair, 1 frog and toad venoms, 1 Fuller, Buckminster, 1 Gamble, Jim, 1 Garrett, Sheryl, 1 GBL, 1 General Store, 1 Georgia, drug testing in, 1 Gilmore, John, 1, 2, 3 Ginsberg, Allen, 1 Glastonbury, 1 Global Drug Survey, 1 Goldman, William, 1 Google, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Gorman, Chester F., 1 Götz, Wolfgang, 1 Goulão, João, 1 Granquist, Lamont, 1 Grateful Dead, 1 Grey, Briane, 1 Guardian, 1, 2 Guatemala, 1 Gungell, Kathy, 1 hagigat, 1 Haight-Ashbury, 1 Hancyez, Laszlo, 1 harm reduction, 1, 2, 3, 4 Harrigan, Martin, 1 Hartelius, Jonas, 1 hashish, see marijuana Haupt Hansen, Dannie, 1, 2, 3 Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, 1 headshops, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 health supplements, 1 Heffter, Arthur, 1 Herbal Ecstasy, 1 heroin, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 analogues, 1, 2 and decriminalization debate, 1, 2, 3 intravenous use, 1, 2 and Mexican drugs war, 1 online sales, 1, 2 Hitchens, Peter, 1 HIV, 1, 2 Hive, the, 1, 2, 3, 4 Hofmann, Albert, 1 Holder, Eric, 1 Holland, see Netherlands Hollis, Tim, 1 Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC), 1 Hong Kong, 1, 2, 3 House of Commons, 1, 2 House of Lords, 1, 2, 3 HTML, 1, 2, 3 Huffington Post, 1 Huffman, John William, 1, 2, 3 hushmail, 1, 2 Huson, Hobart, 1 Huxley, Aldous, 1, 2, 3 Hyperreal Drug Archives, 1 Ibiza, 1, 2 Independent Drug Monitoring Unit, 1 Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, 1 India, 1, 2, 3 Indopan, 1 Institute of Drugs and Drug Addiction, 1 International Foundation for Advanced Study, 1 International Opium Convention, 1, 2 internet arrival of world wide web, 1 the Backbone Cabal, 1 and cloud computing, 1 Dark Web, 1, 2, 3 domain name system, 1 early development, 1 growth of drug sales, 1 speeds, 1 user numbers, 1 value of ecommerce, 1 Web 2.0 era, 1 Invisible Touch, 1 iPhone, 1 Iran, 1 Ireland, closure of headshops, 1 isosafrole, 1 Israel, 1, 2 iTunes, 1 Iversen, Les, 1 Ivory Wave, 1, 2 Japan, 1 Jefferson Airplane, 1 Jenkins, Floridian Jeffrey (Eleusis/Zwitterion), 1 JLF Poisonous Non-Consumables, 1, 2 Jobs, Steve, 1 Johnson, Alan, 1 Jones, Grace, 1 Jones, Lloyd, 1 Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 1 JWH-018, 1, 2, 3 JWH-073, 1, 2 JWH-200, 1 K2, 1 Kelly, Kevin, 1 Kentish Gazette, 1 Kesey, Ken, 1, 2 ketamine, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 online sales, 1, 2 khat, 1 Kinetic, 1, 2 King, Les, 1 Kleinrock, Leonard, 1 kratom, 1 krebbe, 1 Kushlick, Danny, 1 Laing, R.
Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans
"side hustle", 4chan, Ada Lovelace, Albert Einstein, British Empire, colonial rule, computer age, crowdsourcing, dark matter, dematerialisation, Doomsday Book, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Hofstadter, East Village, Edward Charles Pickering, game design, glass ceiling, Grace Hopper, Gödel, Escher, Bach, Haight Ashbury, Harvard Computers: women astronomers, Honoré de Balzac, Howard Rheingold, HyperCard, hypertext link, index card, information retrieval, Internet Archive, Jacquard loom, John von Neumann, Joseph-Marie Jacquard, knowledge worker, Leonard Kleinrock, Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, Mother of all demos, Network effects, old-boy network, On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures, packet switching, pets.com, rent control, RFC: Request For Comment, rolodex, semantic web, Silicon Valley, Skype, South of Market, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, subscription business, technoutopianism, Ted Nelson, telepresence, Whole Earth Catalog, Whole Earth Review, women in the workforce, Works Progress Administration, Y2K
In the summer of 1970, she and two fellow Berkeley computer science students, Chris Macie and Chris Neustrup, dropped out of school and moved into Project One. They made it their mission to get the counterculture connected. In a sense, it already was. The Bay Area was overrun with underground newspapers and houses with bulletin boards and free boxes in their front yards. The Berkeley Barb ran back-page ads for resistance organizations, and a group called the Haight-Ashbury Switchboard had even built a sophisticated phone tree in the late 1960s, linking human “switchboards” to one another to help distraught families track down their wandering hippie kids. This grew into an informal network of interest-specific Switchboards in the Bay Area, one of which, the San Francisco Switchboard, had offices at Project One. With a couple of phones and boxes of index cards, it coordinated extensive group action for quick-response incidents like the 1971 San Francisco Bay oil spill—an early version of the kind of organizing that happens so easily today on social media.
Presper “Pres,” 40–42, 45–46, 49, 51, 55, 57, 79 Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation (EMCC), 55–63, 73 e-commerce, 216–17 commercialization of Web, 204–5, 217, 241 see also advertising Ecos, 104 Edison, Thomas, 35 Einstein, Albert, 36 Eisenberg, Rebecca, 234 Eisenhower, Dwight, 60 Electronic Hollywood (company), 195–99, 201 Electronic Hollywood (magazine), 183–86 electronic publishing, 184, 186, 188, 201–3 Cyber Rag, 182–85, 183, 188, 195 Electronic Hollywood, 183–86 Suck.com, 194, 201–2 Women’s WIRE and, 211–13 Word, 188–95, 201–3, 205, 214, 215 e-mail, 110, 116, 121, 130, 137, 170, 179 Embraceable Ewe, 142, 144 EMCC (Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation), 55–63, 73 Engelbart, Douglas, 111–12, 115, 154, 210 engineering, 77, 124 software, use of term, 77–78, 93 ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), 38–52, 45, 54–56, 66, 79 programming of, 44–52, 79 toy, 223–24 unveiling of, 47–51 ENIAC Six, 39–52, 54, 55 Ensmenger, Nathan, 78 Esquire, 184 Ethernet, 126, 128 Evans, Nancy, 219 Facebook, 139, 141, 148, 149, 151, 210 Faraday, Michael, 16 Farm, The, 132–33 Farnsworth, Philo, 41 Feinler, Elizabeth “Jake,” 111–24, 114, 129, 154, 166, 210, 242 Felsenstein, Lee, 99, 101–4 feminism, 205, 217, 221, 233, 235, 239 cyberfeminism, 237–42 Women’s WIRE and, 207–8 FidoNet, 131 First Cyberfeminist International, 240 FitzNeal, Richard, 155–56 Fleming, Williamina, 23 Flint Ridge, 84–85 FLOW-MATIC, 69, 70 FORTRAN, 70, 88, 89, 93 404 Errors, 170, 171 FreeNets, 131 FuckedCompany.com, 218–19 games, see computer games Gandhi, Mahatma, 160 garbage in, garbage out, 100 Garmisch, 77 Garrubbo, Gina, 213–15, 217 Glazer, Avram, 194 Glenn, John, 24 Goldstine, Adele, 47–48, 51 Goldstine, Herman, 41, 44, 47–48, 51 Google, 115, 154, 215 Gore, Al, 136, 146 Gorn, Saul, 69 Grateful Dead, 102, 133, 134, 140, 180 Grier, David Alan, 24 hackers, 98, 101, 102, 106, 108, 116, 118, 124, 185 Hacker’s Dictionary, The (Steele, ed.), 72 Haight-Ashbury Switchboard, 97 Hall, Wendy, 155–61, 160, 165, 167, 168, 169–174 Hanson, Pete, 85 Hardt-English, Pam, 96–101, 103–4 hardware, 33, 38–39, 44–45, 51–52, 64, 66, 69, 71, 73, 74, 76–77, 79, 80, 177 Harrenstein, Ken, 114–15 Harris, Josh, 187, 199 Harvard Computers, 23 Harvard University, 10, 54, 153 Computation Laboratory, 34–36, 54, 57–58 Hopper at, 31–37, 54, 56, 58, 63, 117 Mark I computer, 18, 31–39, 46, 59, 79 Mark II computer, 34, 38, 54, 79 Hawes, Mary, 69, 70 Haystack Radio Observatory, 93 Hearst Communications, 217, 220 Her Interactive, 233 Hewlett-Packard, 167 High Performance Computing Act, 136–37 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The (Adams), 171, 174 Hofstadter, Douglas, 67 Holberton, Elizabeth “Betty” (née Snyder), 39, 43, 44, 47–49, 51, 53, 56–62, 68, 70, 73, 98, 108, 125 Honeywell, 73, 86, 93, 96 Hopper, Grace, 27–40, 30, 44, 46, 52, 53–55, 56, 57–60, 63, 64–74, 75–76, 78, 80, 93, 98, 101, 108, 119, 242 at EMCC, 56–59 at Harvard, 31–37, 54, 56, 58, 63, 117 in navy, 29–31, 75 Hopper, Vincent, 27–29, 54 Horn, Stacy, 134–42, 144–52, 147, 180–81, 202–3, 209, 242 hosts, 113, 118 addresses of, 120–21 ARPANET Host Table, 113, 114, 120 domains and, 120–21 HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), 154, 196 HyperCard, 165, 168, 169, 183, 184 hypertext, 153–74, 177, 186, 203, 222 conferences on, 165, 167–69 HyperCard and, 165, 168, 169, 183, 184 Microcosm and, 159–61, 160, 164, 167, 168, 170–74 NoteCards and, 164–66, 168, 170 World Wide Web and, 168–70, 201 Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), 154, 196 IBM, 64, 65, 69, 73, 75, 79, 161, 186, 197 EMCC and, 60 ENIAC and, 43, 44 Mark I and, 32–34 OS/360 and, 76 Icon CMT, 188, 189, 193 identity and, 143–44 Idol, Billy, 185–86, 188 Industrial Revolution, 12 information, 25, 121, 122, 161 packets of, 110, 126, 202 information superhighway, 136–37, 146, 151 Instagram, 139, 149 Intel, 124 Interface Message Processor (IMP), 86–87 Intermedia, 162, 170 Internet, 93, 96, 99, 100, 109–10, 115–18, 121, 122, 127, 129, 131, 133, 135, 139, 145, 151, 153–54, 177, 189, 190, 202, 204, 222 addresses, 113–14, 120–21 ARPANET and, see ARPANET browsers, see browsers cyberfeminism and, 238–42 domains, 120–21 dot-com bubble and, see dot-com bubble egalitarian vision of, 119, 212 e-mail, 110, 116, 130, 170 High Performance Computing Act and, 136–37 identity and, 143–44 misogyny and violence on, 240–41 see also World Wide Web Internet Explorer, 172 Internet Hall of Fame, 118 Interval Research, 227–29, 231, 235 iVillage, 214, 216–21 Jacquard, Joseph-Marie, 12 Jacquard loom, 12–13, 20 Janowitz, Mary, 104–7 Jargon File, 71–72 Jennings, Betty Jean, 39, 40, 43–52, 45, 53, 56, 57, 59, 61, 62 Johnson, Katherine, 24–25 Joyce, James, 154 Karp, Peggy, 114 Kay, Alan, 226 Kennedy, John F., Jr., 137 Kidd, Alison, 166–67 Kilmer, Joyce, 127 kilogirls, 11, 24, 70, 80 Klein, Renate, 240 Knapp, Sue, 73 Koss, Adele Mildred, 73 Kretchmar, Laurie, 213, 217 LambdaMOO, 143 Langley Research Center, 24–25 Laurel, Brenda, 223–36 Laybourne, Geraldine, 216 Learning Company, The, 233, 235 Leary, Timothy, 226 Lefkowitz, Joan, 105–7 Leopold’s, 101, 130 Levi’s, 214, 215 Levy, Jaime, 181–93, 183, 185, 195–203, 242 Levy, Steven, 91 Lichterman, Ruth, 39, 40, 43, 48, 49 Liebowitz, Annie, 99 Life on the Screen (Turkle), 229 Light, Jennifer S., 50 links, 161, 168 anchor, 162 dead, 170–72, 174, 201 metadata and, 159, 174 Microcosm and, 159–61, 160, 164, 167, 168, 170–74 on World Wide Web, 168–70 Lipkin, Ephrem, 98, 101, 102 Longest Cave, The (Brucker and Watson), 88 looms, 11–13, 20 Los Angeles, Calif., 129–30 Lost Illusions (Balzac), 200 Lovelace, Ada, 13–24, 15, 42, 52, 74, 80, 238, 242 Ludd, Ned, 12 Luddites, 12 Macie, Chris, 96–98, 104, 105 magazines, online, see electronic publishing magnetic tape, 60–62, 79, 110 Malloy, Judy, 164 Mammoth Cave, 83–88, 90–92 Manhattan Project, 10, 36 Margolis, Jane, 222 Mariner I, 76 Mark I computer, 18, 31–39, 46, 59, 79 Mark II computer, 34, 38, 54, 79 Marshall, Cathy, 162–70, 173 mathematics, mathematicians, 9–14, 16–18, 20–22, 24, 25, 32, 34, 36, 37, 39, 66, 67, 157 MATH-MATIC, 69 Mattel, 230, 233–35 Mauchly, John, 40–43, 45–46, 48, 49, 51, 55–57, 79 Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation (EMCC), 55–63, 73 Maupassant, Guy de, 200 McDaniel, Marleen, 210–14, 216, 217, 219–20 McNulty, Kathleen “Kay,” 39, 42, 43, 49, 56 Media Metrix, 217, 220 Menabrea, L.
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
Albert Einstein, epigenetics, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Khan Academy, Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Zuckerberg, Mason jar, placebo effect, randomized controlled trial, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), Silicon Valley, skunkworks, Skype, stem cell
The instructor approached and asked if I was OK, if I’d been sick or had a fever. I told her I felt perfectly fine. Then she said something about the body’s heat, and how each inhaled breath provides us with new energy and each exhale releases old, stale energy. I tried to take it in but was having trouble focusing. I was preoccupied with how I was going to ride my bike three miles home from the Haight-Ashbury in sweat-soaked clothes. The next day I felt even better. As advertised, there was a feeling of calm and quiet that I hadn’t experienced in a long time. I slept well. The little things in life didn’t bother me as much. The tension was gone from my shoulders and neck. This lasted a few days before the feeling faded out. What exactly had happened? How did sitting cross-legged in a funky house and breathing for an hour trigger such a profound reaction?
It’s a function our distant ancestors practiced since they crawled out of the sludge two and a half billion years ago, a technology our own species has been perfecting with only our lips, noses, and lungs for hundreds of thousands of years. Most days, I treat it like a stretch, something I do after a long time sitting or stressing to bring myself back to normal. When I need an extra boost, I come here, to this old Victorian house in the Haight-Ashbury, and sit beside this rattling window with the other Sudarshan Kriya breathers I first met ten years ago. * * * • • • The room is packed now, 20 of us sitting in a circle unkinking our necks and pulling fleece blankets onto our laps. The instructor hits the switch on the wall, the lights dim, and long shadows from the street cast across the floor. In the darkness, he thanks us for coming, brushes his bangs aside, adjusts the old boom box and presses play.
Frommer's California 2009 by Matthew Poole, Harry Basch, Mark Hiss, Erika Lenkert
airport security, Asilomar, Bay Area Rapid Transit, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, Charles Lindbergh, clean water, Columbine, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, European colonialism, Frank Gehry, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, housing crisis, indoor plumbing, Joan Didion, Mason jar, mass immigration, Maui Hawaii, post-work, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Skype, South of Market, San Francisco, sustainable-tourism, transcontinental railway, urban sprawl, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration, Y Combinator
The most scenic, and ex citing, is the P owell–Hyde line, which follows a zigzag route from the corner of Powell and Market streets, over both Nob Hill and Russian Hill, to a turntable at gaslit Victorian Square in front of Aquatic Park. The P owell–Mason line star ts at the same intersection and climbs N ob H ill befor e descending to B ay Street, just 3 blocks fr om Fisherman’s Wharf. The least scenic is the California Street line, which begins at the foot of Market Street and runs a straight course S A N F R A N C I S CO Haight-Ashbury Part trendy, part nostalgic, par t funky , the H aight, as it ’s most commonly known, was the soul of the psy chedelic, fr ee-loving 1960s and the center of the counter culture movement. Today the gritty neighborhood straddling upper H aight Street, on the eastern border of G olden Gate Park, is more gentrified, but the commer cial area still harbors all walks of life. Leftover aging hippies mingle with gr ungy, begging street kids outside B en & J erry’s Ice Cream Store (where they might still be talking about Jerry Garcia), nondescript marijuana dealers whisper “Buds” as shoppers pass, and many people walking do wn the str eet hav e Day-Glo hair.
Buchanan St. Steiner St. Octavia St. Oak St. Parnassus Ave. CORONA HEIGHTS PLGD. THE CASTRO 3 2 St. . et ark M . Hermann St. Duboce Ave. Guerrero St 14th St. Duboce Park MISSION DISTRICT 4 Missio n St Page St. Church St. Carl St. Fell St. Haight St. Noe St. Frederick St. HAYES Hayes St. VALLEY Waller St. Buena Vista Park Castro St. 1 Haight St. Grove St. Pierce St. HAIGHT-ASHBURY Scott St. Page St. Alamo Square Divisadero St. Broderick St. Baker St. Lyon St. ADDITION THE PANHANDLE Waller St. Pierce St. Scott St. Divisadero St. Pierce St. Central Ave. Cole St. Hayes St. Ashbury St. GOLDEN GATE PARK Kezar Stadium Pavilion Broderick St. Lyon St. Masonic Ave. Walnut St. r. Grove St. Masonic Ave. nnedy D Clayton St. Parker Ave. nF . Ke Shrader St.
R ates include c ontinental br eakfast on w eekday mornings , local fr ee limousine ser vice (weekday mornings), af ternoon tea and sherr y, and morning new spaper. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Parking $14. Bus: 2, 3, or 4. Amenities: Access to nearby health club f or $10; 24-hr. concierge; business c enter; same-day dry cleaning; front desk safe. In room: TV, free high-speed Internet access in some rooms, Wi-Fi throughout, hair dryer, iron. HAIGHT ASHBURY & THE CASTRO The Parker Guest House This is the best B&B option in the Castro, and one of the best in the entir e city. In fact, even some of the better hotels could learn a thing or two fr om this fashionable, gay-friendly, 5,000-square-foot, 1909 beautifully r estored Edwardian home and adjacent annex a fe w blocks from the heart of the Castro’s action. Within the bright, cheery urban compound, period antiques abound.
The Quants by Scott Patterson
Albert Einstein, asset allocation, automated trading system, beat the dealer, Benoit Mandelbrot, Bernie Madoff, Bernie Sanders, Black Swan, Black-Scholes formula, Blythe Masters, Bonfire of the Vanities, Brownian motion, buttonwood tree, buy and hold, buy low sell high, capital asset pricing model, centralized clearinghouse, Claude Shannon: information theory, cloud computing, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, commoditize, computerized trading, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, diversification, Donald Trump, Doomsday Clock, Edward Thorp, Emanuel Derman, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, fixed income, Gordon Gekko, greed is good, Haight Ashbury, I will remember that I didn’t make the world, and it doesn’t satisfy my equations, index fund, invention of the telegraph, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, job automation, John Meriwether, John Nash: game theory, Kickstarter, law of one price, Long Term Capital Management, Louis Bachelier, mandelbrot fractal, margin call, merger arbitrage, money market fund, Myron Scholes, NetJets, new economy, offshore financial centre, old-boy network, Paul Lévy, Paul Samuelson, Ponzi scheme, quantitative hedge fund, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, race to the bottom, random walk, Renaissance Technologies, risk-adjusted returns, Robert Mercer, Rod Stewart played at Stephen Schwarzman birthday party, Ronald Reagan, Sergey Aleynikov, short selling, South Sea Bubble, speech recognition, statistical arbitrage, The Chicago School, The Great Moderation, The Predators' Ball, too big to fail, transaction costs, value at risk, volatility smile, yield curve, éminence grise
As the go-go sixties bull market roared to life, other rock star hedge fund managers, such as the Hungarian savant George Soros, appeared on the scene. By 1968, there were 140 hedge funds in operation in the United States, according to a survey by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ed Thorp was about to add to that growing list. His chance came in August the following year, 1969. Hippies partied in Haight-Ashbury. The war in Vietnam raged. The New York Jets, led by “Broadway” Joe Namath, beat the Baltimore Colts to win the Super Bowl. But Ed Thorp focused like a laser on a single goal: making money. That’s when he happened to meet Jay Regan, a Dartmouth philosophy major working for a Philadelphia brokerage firm, Butcher & Sherrerd. A full decade younger than Thorp, Regan had read Beat the Market and was blown away by the book’s revolutionary trading strategy.
The constant search for hidden factors in market prices could turn into a voodoolike hunt for prophecies in chicken entrails, dark portents in cloud shapes. The relaxing, sun-splashed atmosphere of BARRA was something of a revelation to Muller after the do-nothing burbs of Jersey and the cloistered corridors of Princeton. It was the mid-1980s. Nostalgia for the sixties was on the rise. And there were few better places to catch that wave than Berkeley, a short hop to the surfer hangouts at Half Moon Bay and the hippie haven of Haight-Ashbury. Of course, working for a financial research outfit didn’t exactly fit the classic hippie mold, but Muller was fine with that. He’d had enough of scrounging for money, playing music for peanuts. The $33,000-a-year salary he was making at BARRA was a boon, and there was certainly more to come. Most of all, he was determined that however much money he made, he wouldn’t turn into Ebenezer Scrooge.
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin
The club was tiny and makeshift, decorated with chairs, tables, a couple of bare lightbulbs, and nothing else. I had romanticized San Francisco as an exotic destination, away from friends and family and toward mystery and adventure, so I often drove my twenty-year-old self up from Los Angeles to audition my fledgling comedy act at a club or to play banjo on the street for tips. I would either sleep in my VW van, camp out in Golden Gate Park, pay for a cheap hotel, or snag a free room in a Haight-Ashbury Victorian crash pad by making an instant friend. At this point, my act was a catchall, cobbled together from the disparate universes of juggling, comedy, banjo playing, weird bits I’d written in college, and magic tricks. I was strictly Monday-night quality, the night when, traditionally, anyone could get up to perform. All we entertainers knew Mondays were really audition nights for the club.
Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia by Anthony M. Townsend
1960s counterculture, 4chan, A Pattern Language, Airbnb, Amazon Web Services, anti-communist, Apple II, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, business process, call centre, carbon footprint, charter city, chief data officer, clean water, cleantech, cloud computing, computer age, congestion charging, connected car, crack epidemic, crowdsourcing, DARPA: Urban Challenge, data acquisition, Deng Xiaoping, digital map, Donald Davies, East Village, Edward Glaeser, game design, garden city movement, Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute, George Gilder, ghettoisation, global supply chain, Grace Hopper, Haight Ashbury, Hedy Lamarr / George Antheil, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, interchangeable parts, Internet Archive, Internet of things, Jacquard loom, Jane Jacobs, jitney, John Snow's cholera map, Joi Ito, Khan Academy, Kibera, Kickstarter, knowledge worker, load shedding, M-Pesa, Mark Zuckerberg, megacity, mobile money, mutually assured destruction, new economy, New Urbanism, Norbert Wiener, Occupy movement, off grid, openstreetmap, packet switching, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, Parag Khanna, patent troll, Pearl River Delta, place-making, planetary scale, popular electronics, RFC: Request For Comment, RFID, ride hailing / ride sharing, Robert Gordon, self-driving car, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Skype, smart cities, smart grid, smart meter, social graph, social software, social web, special economic zone, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stuxnet, supply-chain management, technoutopianism, Ted Kaczynski, telepresence, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, too big to fail, trade route, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, undersea cable, Upton Sinclair, uranium enrichment, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, Vannevar Bush, working poor, working-age population, X Prize, Y2K, zero day, Zipcar
America is no stranger to youth movements, though it had been a long time since one loomed so large in the public mind. The closest analogue is probably 1967, when tens of thousands of young people descended on San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. In a hothouse of social experimentation that became known as the “Summer of Love,” they shared everything—housing, food, drugs, and sex. The enormous cultural impact of that psychedelic freak-out on American society can be felt today, and it still casts a long shadow over San Francisco. There, Hirshberg has been a driving force behind a new creative space just down the hill from Haight-Ashbury, the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. Both physically and spiritually, it sits at the intersection of that 1960s counterculture and a new techno-utopianism. It’s just a few steps to either Twitter’s headquarters or the head office of Burning Man, the radical art festival that builds a temporary city in the Nevada desert each summer.
The Unicorn's Secret by Steven Levy
Albert Einstein, Buckminster Fuller, card file, East Village, financial independence, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, index card, John Markoff, Marshall McLuhan, Ralph Nader, rolodex, Saturday Night Live, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, upwardly mobile, Whole Earth Catalog
For a person terrified of being hemmed in by convention, the stirrings of a mass movement of irreverent freedom were sweet manna. The so-called Hippie Movement in California was propelled by a trippy anagram of factors, among them Berkeley protest, Beatles and acid-rock music, baby-boom anomie, Eastern religions, hedonism, good drugs, and an intoxicating hit of idealism intensified by the previous factors. It did not have the rigor of academic thought, and one was unlikely to meet people in Haight-Ashbury crash pads with the scope of Ira’s readings, but Einhorn would have been quick to sense that literary values were not as important in this rebellion as they were in the Beat Movement that had so captivated him as a youngster. This was a sensual revolution, as seen in the pages of Ira’s favorite San Francisco newspaper, the Oracle, which ran little text but plenty of stunningly detailed graphics that glowed simmeringly under ultra-violet blacklight.
“Remember, it only takes 3 percent of the population to start a revolution,” he tells the astonished Philadelphia Chapter of the American Jewish Committee Agency. FEBRUARY 1968: The Unicorn tells a YMCA luncheon forum that “What the country needs is two months of silence.” Ira Einhorn spread his message not only by lectures but by the printed word as well. In August 1967, he had returned from the disastrous California “Summer of Love” appalled at the exploitation and ruin of the hippie dreams in Haight-Ashbury, burning with rage over the state of the country, convinced that violence seemed inevitable. An indicator of this decline was the proliferation of Methedrine—the destructive drug called “speed”—which was popular at the expense of constructively cerebral chemicals like acid or pot. Ira himself, upon his first taste of intravenous speed, judged the substance as “a ticket to nights of dark paranoia,” and a symbol of the fire to come.
Frommer's California 2007 by Harry Basch, Mark Hiss, Erika Lenkert, Matthew Richard Poole
airport security, Asilomar, Bay Area Rapid Transit, car-free, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, clean water, Columbine, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Frank Gehry, Golden Gate Park, Guggenheim Bilbao, Haight Ashbury, indoor plumbing, Iridium satellite, Joan Didion, Maui Hawaii, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, sustainable-tourism, transcontinental railway, upwardly mobile, urban sprawl, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration
Civic Center Millions have been spent here on brick sidewalks, lampposts, and street plantings, but the southwestern section of Market Street remains dilapidated. The Civic Center, at the “bottom” of Market, is an exception. This complex includes the domed City Hall, the Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, the Asian Art Museum, and the main public library. The plaza connecting the buildings has been the site of many a political demonstration. Haight-Ashbury Part trendy, part nostalgic, part funky-gritty, the Haight, as it’s known, was the soul of the psychedelic ’60s and the center of the counterculture movement. Today the neighborhood straddling upper Haight Street, on the eastern border of Golden Gate Park, is more gentrified, but the commercial area still harbors all walks of life. Leftover hippies mingle outside Ben & Jerry’s with grungy, begging street kids, pot dealers, and people with Day-Glo hair.
Laguna St. 1 Franklin St. Mission St. . 2 Guerrero St CORONA HEIGHTS PLGD. t. tS Hermann St. rke Duboce Ave. Ma Valencia St. Waller St. 14th St. Gough St. Octavia St. Steiner St. Pierce St. Scott St. Pierce St. Haight St. Duboce Park Buena Vista Park Parnassus Ave. 78 Oak St. Page St. Church St. Carl St. Fell St. Sanchez St. Frederick St. Haight St. Divisadero St. HAIGHT-ASHBURY Waller St. Noe St. Kezar Stadium Page St. Ashbury St. Pavilion THE PANHANDLE Broderick St. r. Masonic Ave. GOLDEN GATE PARK Clayton St. Cole St. n n e dy D Stanyan St. . Ke Shrader St. nF Central Ave. Parker Ave. tory Dr. oh MISSION DISTRICT Masonic Ave. Presidio Ave. Arguello Bl Walnut St. vd. The Andrews Hotel S a n20 F r a n c i s c o B aSir y Francis Drake 33 St.
Page St. 17 11 13 12 14 . M St. MISSION DISTRICT 15 16 THE CASTRO et ark Guerrero St CORONA HEIGHTS PLGD. Hermann St. Duboce Ave. Parnassus Ave. Duboce Park Church St. 14th St. Franklin St. Laguna St. Fell St. Octavia St. Pierce St. Pierce St. HAYES Hayes St. VALLEY Haight St. Noe St. Frederick St. Grove St. Waller St. Buena Vista Park Castro St. Waller St. Haight St. Scott St. HAIGHT-ASHBURY Jefferson Square Fulton St. Alamo Square Divisadero St. Page St. 10 Divisadero St. Baker St. Broderick St. Broderick St. Baker St. Lyon St. THE PANHANDLE Carl St. 94 WESTERN McAllister St. ADDITION Walnut St. Stanyan St. GOLDEN GATE PARK Kezar Stadium Pavilion Eddy St. Golden Gate Ave. Central Ave. Cole St. r. Hayes St. Ashbury St. n n e dy D Grove St. Masonic Ave. .
California by Sara Benson
airport security, Albert Einstein, Apple II, Asilomar, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, Burning Man, buy and hold, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, Columbine, dark matter, desegregation, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Frank Gehry, global village, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, Joan Didion, Khyber Pass, Loma Prieta earthquake, low cost airline, McMansion, means of production, Menlo Park, planetary scale, RFID, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, the new new thing, trade route, transcontinental railway, Upton Sinclair, urban sprawl, Wall-E, white picket fence, Whole Earth Catalog, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional
Green Apple Books (Map; 415-387-2272; www.greenapplebooks.com; 506 Clement St; 10am-10:30pm Sun-Thu, to 11:30pm Fri & Sat) If you can tear yourself away from the three-story selection of remainders and discounted books, there’s also an annex for mags, used lit and CDs two doors down. Emergency & Medical Services Ambulance 911 American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (off Map; 415-282-9603; 450 Connecticut St; 8:30am-9pm Mon-Thu, 9am-5:30pm Fri & Sat) Acupuncture, herbal remedies and other traditional Chinese medical treatments. Haight Ashbury Free Clinic (Map; 415-746-1950; www.hafci.org; 558 Clayton St; 1-9pm Mon, 9am-9pm Tue-Thu, 1-5pm Fri) Since 1967 the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic has set national standards for considerate, free medical care. Advance appointments are required for a doctor or nurse-practitioner to treat whatever ails you, from a minor flu to chronic substance abuse. Pharmaca (Map; 415-661-1216; www.pharmaca.com; 925 Cole St; Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat & Sun 9am-8pm) Pharmacy plus holistic and naturopathic remedies.
Return to beginning of chapter DANGERS & ANNOYANCES Keep your city smarts and wits about you, especially in the sketchier stretches of the Tenderloin, Mission, Western Addition, 6th and 7th Sts in SoMa, and Bayview-Hunters Point. Parks at night can get seedy, and if you should ever wind up somewhere you’d rather not be, head to the nearest store and call a taxi. Expect to be asked for spare change often, but don’t feel obliged – donations stretch further at nonprofit Haight Ashbury Food Program (Click here). A nod of acknowledgement and a simple ‘I’m sorry’ is considered polite. Return to beginning of chapter SIGHTS The Bay & the Embarcadero Twelve miles across, 60 miles long and at points only 6 feet deep at low tide, the silvery bay makes a grander entrance to San Francisco than any red carpet. But where today you can stroll the broad Embarcadero esplanade, during the Gold Rush this was once a mess of makeshift piers, abandoned ships and saloons prowled by pirates and pimps.
But since then, the hedonist Haight has also built a serious rep for leftist politics, skateboarding, drug rehabs, potent coffee and retail therapy for rebels. The Upper Haight west of Divisadero waxes nostalgic for its hippie days with head shops and vintage boutiques, and you can prove the Summer of Love isn’t over yet by serving a meal or donating to job training programs at the historic Haight Ashbury Food Program (Map; 415-566-0366; www.thefoodprogram.org; 1525 Waller St). Dedicated Deadheads may dimly recognize candy-colored 710 Ashbury St (Map), which back in the ’60s was the free-form flophouse where the Grateful Dead blew minds, amps and brain cells. Skaters and hipsters cruise downhill to the Lower Haight between Divis and Webster for regulation local-designer hoodies and edgy bars.
Lonely Planet Pocket San Francisco by Lonely Planet, Alison Bing
Albert Einstein, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, edge city, G4S, game design, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Mason jar, Silicon Valley, stealth mode startup, Stewart Brand, transcontinental railway, Zipcar
Area Codes in the Bay Area East Bay 510 Marin County 415 Peninsula 650 San Jose 408 Santa Cruz 831 Wine Country 707 Cell Phones Most US cell phones – aside from iPhones – operate on CDMA, not the European standard GSM. Be sure to double check compatibility with your phone service provider. Operator Services International operator 00 Local directory 411 Long-distance directory information 1 + area code + 555-1212 Operator 0 Toll-free number information 800-555-1212 Toilets Top Tip Haight-Ashbury and the Mission District have a woeful lack of public toilets; you may have to buy coffee to access locked customer-only bathrooms. › Citywide Self-cleaning, coin-operated outdoor kiosk commodes cost 25¢; there are 25 citywide, mostly located in North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf and downtown. Toilet paper not always available. › Downtown Clean toilets and baby-changing tables can be found in Westfield San Francisco Centre ( Click here ). › Civic Center San Francisco Main Library (Click here ) has restrooms, as do public library branches and parks throughout the city.
The New Class War: Saving Democracy From the Metropolitan Elite by Michael Lind
affirmative action, anti-communist, basic income, Bernie Sanders, Boris Johnson, Bretton Woods, business cycle, capital controls, Cass Sunstein, central bank independence, centre right, collective bargaining, commoditize, corporate governance, crony capitalism, deindustrialization, Doha Development Round, Donald Trump, Edward Snowden, future of work, global supply chain, guest worker program, Haight Ashbury, illegal immigration, immigration reform, invisible hand, knowledge economy, liberal world order, low skilled workers, low-wage service sector, manufacturing employment, Mark Zuckerberg, mass immigration, means of production, moral panic, Nate Silver, new economy, offshore financial centre, oil shock, open borders, plutocrats, Plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, purchasing power parity, Ralph Nader, regulatory arbitrage, rent-seeking, Richard Florida, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thorstein Veblen, trade liberalization, union organizing, universal basic income, upwardly mobile, WikiLeaks, Wolfgang Streeck, working poor
In the words of Skocpol, Cobb, and Klofstad, “American elites . . . went from joining membership associations along with fellow citizens from many walks of life, toward joining boards and coordinating committees that left them in the position of doing public-spirited things for or to ordinary citizens (emphasis in the original).”31 * * * — IN 2006 THE billionaire Warren Buffett told the commentator Ben Stein, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”32 The triumph of technocratic neoliberalism over democratic pluralism is not the work of a conspiracy or a cabal. The libertarian economist James Buchanan did not meet with the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg halfway between Mont-Pèlerin and Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s to plot a transfer of power in all three realms of politics, economics, and culture from working-class majorities to the university-credentialed overclass in the US and other Western nations. But the effect of many simultaneous campaigns, each led, staffed, and bankrolled by college-educated overclass reformers, each trying to demolish one wing of the building, was to bring down the whole structure of the post-1945 cross-class settlement in the US and similar Western democracies.
Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life by Darcey Steinke
Frey told me, “that the midlife transition might be associated with a shift toward greater top-down regulation with subsequent more cognitive control and less emotional reactivity.” In other words, menopausal women, counter to cultural stereotypes, react with fewer emotional highs and lows than younger women, and they pause to contemplate before they answer. * * * The Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are a Carmelite order of eleven menopausal nuns who live in the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco. The order, originally established in Guadalajara, Mexico, moved because of religious persecution to California in 1928. The nuns wear white tunics, red scapulars, and black habits. Their main occupation is prayer, and they pray throughout the day both separately and together. Twice a month they pray for twenty-four hours straight. All life is subsumed in prayer, and even the nun’s hot flashes are considered spiritual.
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
1960s counterculture, Albert Einstein, Anton Chekhov, Burning Man, cognitive dissonance, conceptual framework, crowdsourcing, dark matter, Douglas Engelbart, East Village, experimental subject, Exxon Valdez, Golden Gate Park, Google Earth, Haight Ashbury, Howard Rheingold, Internet Archive, John Markoff, Kevin Kelly, Marshall McLuhan, Mason jar, Menlo Park, meta analysis, meta-analysis, moral panic, Mother of all demos, placebo effect, Ralph Waldo Emerson, randomized controlled trial, Ronald Reagan, scientific mainstream, scientific worldview, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), sensible shoes, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, Stewart Brand, the scientific method, theory of mind, Thomas Bayes, Whole Earth Catalog
It’s difficult to imagine such a counter history.) It didn’t help that Leary liked to say things like “LSD is more frightening than the bomb” or “The kids who take LSD aren’t going to fight your wars. They’re not going to join your corporations.” These were no empty words: beginning in the mid-1960s, tens of thousands of American children actually did drop out, washing up on the streets of Haight-Ashbury and the East Village.* And young men were refusing to go to Vietnam. The will to fight and the authority of Authority had been undermined. These strange new drugs, which seemed to change the people who took them, surely had something to do with it. Timothy Leary had said so. But this upheaval would almost certainly have happened without Timothy Leary. He was by no means the only route by which psychedelics were seeping into American culture; he was just the most notorious.
Especially in the case of young people at risk for schizophrenia, an LSD trip can trigger their first psychotic episode, and sometimes did. (It should be noted that any traumatic experience can serve as such a trigger, including the divorce of one’s parents or graduate school.) But in many other cases, doctors with little experience of psychedelics mistook a panic reaction for a full-blown psychosis. Which usually made things worse. Andrew Weil, who as a young doctor volunteered in the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic in 1968, saw a lot of bad trips and eventually developed an effective way to “treat” them. “I would examine the patient, determine it was a panic reaction, and then tell him or her, ‘Will you excuse me for a moment? There’s someone in the next room who has a serious problem.’ They would immediately begin to feel much better.” The risks of LSD and other psychedelic drugs were fiercely debated during the 1960s, both among scientists and in the press.
Western USA by Lonely Planet
airport security, Albert Einstein, Apple II, Asilomar, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, Donner party, East Village, edge city, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Frank Gehry, global village, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, illegal immigration, intermodal, Joan Didion, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, Mahatma Gandhi, Mars Rover, Maui Hawaii, off grid, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South of Market, San Francisco, starchitect, stealth mode startup, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, supervolcano, trade route, transcontinental railway, Upton Sinclair, urban planning, women in the workforce, Works Progress Administration, young professional, Zipcar
Lexington Club LESBIAN ( 415-863-2052; 3464 19th St; 3pm-2am) The baddest lesbian bar in the West, with pool, pinball and grrrrls galore. Cafe Flore CAFE ( 415-621-8579; http://cafeflore.com; 2298 Market St; mains $8-11; 7am-2am; ) Coffee, wi-fi and hot beefy dishes – and the burgers aren’t bad either. THE HAIGHT Better known as the hazy hot spot of the Summer of Love, the Haight has hung onto its tie-dyes, ideals and certain habits – hence the Bound Together Anarchist Book Collective, the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic and high density of medical marijuana dispensaries (sorry, dude: prescription required). Fanciful ‘Painted Lady’ Victorian houses surround Alamo Square Park (Hayes & Scott Sts) and the corner of Haight and Ashbury Sts, where Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead crashed during the Haight’s hippie heyday. JAPANTOWN & PACIFIC HEIGHTS Atop every Japantown sushi counter perches a maneki neko, the porcelain cat with one paw raised in permanent welcome: this is your cue to unwind with shiatsu massages at Kabuki Hot Springs, eco-entertainment and non-GMO popcorn at Sundance Kabuki Cinema, world-class jazz at Yoshi’s or mind-blowing rock at the Fillmore.
Green Apple BOOKS ( 415-387-2272; www.greenapplebooks.com; 506 Clement St; 10am-10:30pm Sun-Thu, to 11:30pm Fri & Sat) Three stories of new releases, remaindered titles and used nonfiction; mags, music and used novels two doors down. Information Emergency & Medical Services American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine ( 415-282-9603; www.actcm.edu; 450 Connecticut St; 8:30am-9pm Mon-Thu, 9am-5:30pm Fri & Sat) Acupuncture and herbal remedies. Haight Ashbury Free Clinic ( 415-746-1950; www.hafci.org; 558 Clayton St) Free doctor visits by appointment; substance abuse and mental health services. Pharmaca ( 415-661-1216; www.pharmaca.com; 925 Cole St; 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, from 9am Sat & Sun) Pharmacy and naturopathic remedies. Police, fire & ambulance ( 911) San Francisco General Hospital ( emergency room 415-206-8111, main 415-206-8000; www.sfdph.org; 1001 Potrero Ave) Open 24 hours.
After the chaos of WWII, the Beat Generation brought about a provocative new style of writing: short, sharp, spontaneous and alive. Based in San Francisco, the scene revolved around Jack Kerouac (On the Road), Allen Ginsberg (Howl) and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the Beats’ patron and publisher. Joan Didion nailed contemporary California culture in Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a collection of essays that takes a caustic look at 1960s flower power and the Haight-Ashbury district. Tom Wolfe also put ’60s San Francisco in perspective with The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which follows Ken Kesey’s band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1970s, Charles Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical novel Post Office captured down-and-out downtown LA, while Richard Vasquez’s Chicano took a dramatic look at LA’s Latino barrio. Hunter S Thompson, who committed suicide in early 2005, wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, set in the temple of American excess in the desert; it’s the ultimate road-trip novel, in every sense of the word.
Girl Walks Into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle by Rachel Dratch
Where were the old ladies with long gray hair and low-hangers? I’d come to the middle of the desert expecting a spiritual experience, only to feel the kind of physical inadequacy usually reserved for seeing a Victoria’s Secret ad. Fantastic. Although I saw plenty of these hot chicks with impossibly high boobs and long legs, the men who seemed inclined to disrobe, much fewer in number, were all Haight-Ashbury throwbacks over the age of seventy with long beards and leathery skin. Where was the equity? Through all the desert madness at Burning Man, I did meet this character Henry. Though he is a Stanford businessman in real life, at the time I met him at our “camp” in Black Rock City, Nevada, he was wearing black nail polish and a man-skirt. He lived near me in New York, which brings me back to my search for love and Henry’s Christmas party.
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett, Dave Evans
David Brooks, fear of failure, financial independence, game design, Haight Ashbury, invention of the printing press, iterative process, knowledge worker, market design, science of happiness, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, social intelligence, Steve Jobs
Martha is a technology executive who was looking to try something more meaningful for the latter half of her life. She came up with three very different plans for her future, each a little more risky and innovative, but all involving some kind of community building. Her three plans were: doing her first Silicon Valley–style start-up, becoming the CEO of a nonprofit working with at-risk kids, and opening a fun and friendly neighborhood bar in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, where she lived. Note that each example has a six-word headline describing the plan, a four-gauge dashboard (we really like dashboards), and the three questions that this particular alternative plan is asking. Example 1 Title: “All In—The Silicon Valley Story” Questions 1. “Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?” 2. “Is my idea good enough?” 3.
World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer
artificial general intelligence, back-to-the-land, Berlin Wall, big data - Walmart - Pop Tarts, big-box store, Buckminster Fuller, citizen journalism, Colonization of Mars, computer age, creative destruction, crowdsourcing, data is the new oil, don't be evil, Donald Trump, Double Irish / Dutch Sandwich, Douglas Engelbart, Edward Snowden, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Elon Musk, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Filter Bubble, global village, Google Glasses, Haight Ashbury, hive mind, income inequality, intangible asset, Jeff Bezos, job automation, John Markoff, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, Law of Accelerating Returns, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, means of production, move fast and break things, move fast and break things, new economy, New Journalism, Norbert Wiener, offshore financial centre, PageRank, Peace of Westphalia, Peter Thiel, planetary scale, Ray Kurzweil, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Singularitarianism, software is eating the world, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, strong AI, supply-chain management, the medium is the message, the scientific method, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas L Friedman, Thorstein Veblen, Upton Sinclair, Vernor Vinge, Whole Earth Catalog, yellow journalism
child of an advertising executive: For biographical details about Brand, I leaned heavily on three excellent books: Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture (University of Chicago Press, 2006); John Markoff, What the Dormouse Said (Viking Penguin, 2005); Walter Isaacson, The Innovators (Simon & Schuster, 2014). “cosmic consciousness”: Turner, 59. “tend to be extra-planetary”: Sherry L. Smith, Hippies, Indians, and the Fight for Red Power (Oxford University Press, 2012), 52. “a peyote meeting without peyote”: Charles Perry, The Haight-Ashbury (Random House, 1984), 19. messing around with acid: Markoff, 61. he represented the “restrained, reflective wing”: Wolfe, 12. “scorned computers as the embodiment of centralized control”: Isaacson, 268. “operation of the machine becomes so odious”: Turner, 11. “Please do not fold, bend, spindle or mutilate me”: Turner, 2. “Defense Calculator”: Paul E. Ceruzzi, A History of Modern Computing (MIT Press, 2003), 34–35.
Puzzling People: The Labyrinth of the Psychopath by Thomas Sheridan
He once remarked how in the early days of the hippie scene it really was a case of ‘peace, love and understanding’. There were good relationships between the police and the original pacifist hippies. ‘Sweet kids’ was the term he used to describe them. However, as soon as the hippie culture became mainstream he told me the city was literally invaded with all kinds of ‘psychos’ who simply put on a headband and stitched peace signs onto their jackets and moved into the Haight-Ashbury district of the city. Before long, murders, rapes, robberies, suicides and other negative elements invaded the idealistic and peaceful hippie scene. This was due to the psychopaths moving into the scene who became ‘hippies’ in order to get the ‘free love’ and other personal gratification the counterculture offered. Subsequently – as with all psychopathic invasions – the underlying integrity and stability of the community descended into chaos and negativity.
Comedy Sex God by Pete Holmes
Maharaj-ji gave him the name Ram Dass, meaning “Servant of God,” before sending him back to the States and warning him not to tell anyone about him. Thankfully, Ram Dass couldn’t help himself. He began touring, giving the lectures I gracefully stumbled upon in the airplane that day, trading his suit and tie for beads and a white dress, telling love-and-lighters that he had uncovered a clue as to what so many in the ’60s were glimpsing in the grassy parks of Haight-Ashbury. With so many experiencing the Great White Light, it was of great interest to hear about a man who had found a way to remain one with the universe. Telling the story of Maharaj-ji being unaffected by an ungodly dose of LSD, Ram Dass said, “When you’re in Detroit, you don’t have to take a bus to Detroit.” This lit up hundreds, myself included decades later, leaving us all to wonder, How can we all move to Detroit?
Confessions of a Crypto Millionaire: My Unlikely Escape From Corporate America by Dan Conway
Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Airbnb, bank run, basic income, bitcoin, blockchain, buy and hold, cloud computing, cognitive dissonance, corporate governance, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, disruptive innovation, distributed ledger, double entry bookkeeping, Ethereum, ethereum blockchain, fault tolerance, financial independence, gig economy, Gordon Gekko, Haight Ashbury, high net worth, job satisfaction, litecoin, Marc Andreessen, Mitch Kapor, obamacare, offshore financial centre, Ponzi scheme, prediction markets, rent control, reserve currency, Ronald Coase, Satoshi Nakamoto, Silicon Valley, smart contracts, Steve Jobs, supercomputer in your pocket, Turing complete, Uber for X, universal basic income, upwardly mobile
But the next day, I was still struggling. So I went to my doctor. He thought I might have a blood clot from my flight, which led to an emergency room visit, multiple tests, a big hospital bill and the diagnosis that I was experiencing severe anxiety. Was anything making me anxious? As Sonny said in The Godfather, the world was realizing there was a lot of money in that powder. Crypto culture was changing like Haight-Ashbury did after the Summer of Love. Like everything in crypto, the change was happening at an unprecedented, breakneck pace, over a period of months rather than years. There was suddenly less interest in changing the world and more interest in acquiring crypto by any means necessary, legal or not. I was having lunch on Burlingame Avenue one day that spring when I received an email from a family friend.
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition by Steven Levy
air freight, Apple II, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, Buckminster Fuller, Byte Shop, computer age, computer vision, corporate governance, Donald Knuth, El Camino Real, game design, Hacker Ethic, hacker house, Haight Ashbury, John Conway, John Markoff, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, non-fiction novel, Norman Mailer, Paul Graham, popular electronics, RAND corporation, reversible computing, Richard Stallman, Silicon Valley, software patent, speech recognition, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, Ted Nelson, The Hackers Conference, Whole Earth Catalog, Y Combinator
In the Berkeley Barb a week after the experiment began, Lee wrote that during the Model 33 teletype terminal’s first five days at Leopold’s, it was in use 1,434 minutes, accepting 151 new items, and printing out 188 sessions, thirty-two percent of which represented successful searches. And the violence level was nonexistent: Lee reported “one hundred percent smiles.” Word spread, and soon people came seeking important connections. If you typed in FIND HEALTH CLINICS, for instance, you would get information on any of eight, from the Haight-Ashbury Medical Research Clinic to the George Jackson People’s Free Clinic. A request for BAGELS—someone asking where in the Bay Area one could find good New York-style bagels—got four responses: three of them naming retail outlets, another one from a person named Michael who gave his phone number and offered to show the inquirer how to make his or her own bagels. People found chess partners, study partners, and sex partners for boa constrictors.
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The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
anti-communist, bank run, Berlin Wall, clean water, colonial rule, cuban missile crisis, desegregation, European colonialism, friendly fire, Haight Ashbury, land reform, Mahatma Gandhi, mutually assured destruction, Norman Mailer, RAND corporation, Ronald Reagan, South China Sea, War on Poverty
Your Loving Son, John SHUT IT DOWN AS RAIN AND ENEMY SHELLS continued to fall among Con Thien’s filthy, exhausted defenders, the men still somehow found time to pass around a copy of the October issue of Playboy. It was “obviously very important to us,” Musgrave remembered. “There was an article on Haight-Ashbury with pictures of girls running around without their tops, you know, free love. They were ‘hippies,’ it said—and we thought it was pronounced ‘hip-peye’ because it had two ps. Hey, I’m going home and these hippy girls don’t wear no clothes. And they’ll go to bed with anybody. Even I could score!” During that summer, the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco had been the center of what became known as the “Summer of Love.” Thousands of young people from all over the country had congregated there, eager to join the new and growing California counterculture—its music, its ubiquitous drugs, and the bright promise of promiscuity.
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The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding From You by Eli Pariser
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, A Pattern Language, Amazon Web Services, augmented reality, back-to-the-land, Black Swan, borderless world, Build a better mousetrap, Cass Sunstein, citizen journalism, cloud computing, cognitive dissonance, crowdsourcing, Danny Hillis, data acquisition, disintermediation, don't be evil, Filter Bubble, Flash crash, fundamental attribution error, global village, Haight Ashbury, Internet of things, Isaac Newton, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, Kevin Kelly, knowledge worker, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, megacity, Metcalfe’s law, Netflix Prize, new economy, PageRank, paypal mafia, Peter Thiel, recommendation engine, RFID, Robert Metcalfe, sentiment analysis, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, social graph, social software, social web, speech recognition, Startup school, statistical model, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, the scientific method, urban planning, Whole Earth Catalog, WikiLeaks, Y Combinator
Brand’s impact on the culture of Silicon Valley and geekdom is hard to overestimate—though he wasn’t a programmer himself, his vision shaped the Silicon Valley worldview. As Fred Turner details in the fascinating From Counterculture to Cyberculture, Brand and his cadre of do-it-yourself futurists were disaffected hippies—social revolutionaries who were uncomfortable with the communes sprouting up in Haight-Ashbury. Rather than seeking to build a new world through political change, which required wading through the messiness of compromise and group decision making, they set out to build a world on their own. In Hackers, his groundbreaking history of the rise of engineering culture, Steve Levy points out that this ideal spread from the programmers themselves to the users “each time some user flicked the machine on, and the screen came alive with words, thoughts, pictures, and sometimes elaborate worlds built out of air—those computer programs which could make any man (or woman) a god.”
The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-First Century by Robert D. Kaplan
Admiral Zheng, always be closing, California gold rush, collective bargaining, Deng Xiaoping, Donald Trump, failed state, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, friendly fire, Haight Ashbury, kremlinology, load shedding, mass immigration, megacity, one-China policy, Parag Khanna, Pax Mongolica, Ronald Reagan, South China Sea, sovereign wealth fund, trade route, Westphalian system, Yom Kippur War
“If I had the choice I would have been born before the Great Depression,” Army Special Forces Master Sergeant Mark Lopez of Yuba City, California, told me recently. “That way I could have enlisted at eighteen and fought in World War II and Korea, and still be young enough to have seen action in Vietnam.” Yet my favorite story in Bury Us Upside Down is about a different sort of serviceman: Air Force flight surgeon Dean Echenberg of San Francisco—a former hippie who helped start a free clinic in Haight-Ashbury, did drugs, went to the great rock concerts, and then volunteered for service in Vietnam, more or less out of sheer adventure. He ended up with the Mistys, billeted among men whom Bud Day had trained. If anyone lived the American experience of the 1960s in its totality, it was Echenberg. One day in 1968, his medical unit was near Phu Cat, just as it was attacked by Viet Cong. “The dispensary quickly filled with blood and body parts,” write the authors.
Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World With OKRs by John Doerr
Albert Einstein, Bob Noyce, cloud computing, collaborative editing, commoditize, crowdsourcing, Firefox, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Google Chrome, Google Earth, Google X / Alphabet X, Haight Ashbury, Jeff Bezos, job satisfaction, Khan Academy, knowledge worker, Menlo Park, meta analysis, meta-analysis, PageRank, Paul Buchheit, Ray Kurzweil, risk tolerance, self-driving car, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, subscription business, web application, Yogi Berra, éminence grise
When he saw a manager failing, he would try to find another role—perhaps at a lower level—where the person might succeed and regain some standing and respect. Andy was a problem solver at heart. As one Intel historian observed, he “seemed to know exactly what he wanted and how he was going to achieve it.” * He was sort of a walking OKR. Intel was born in the era of the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley and the flower children of Haight-Ashbury. Punctuality was out of fashion among the young, even young engineers, and the company found it challenging to get new hires into work on time. Grove’s solution was to post a sign-in sheet at the front desk, to log anyone dragging in after 8:05—we called it Andy’s Late List. Grove collected the sheet each morning at 9:00 sharp. (On those mornings when I was tardy, I’d try to beat the system by sitting in the parking lot until five minutes after nine.)
The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
1960s counterculture, Ada Lovelace, AI winter, Alan Turing: On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem, Albert Einstein, AltaVista, Apple II, augmented reality, back-to-the-land, beat the dealer, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, bitcoin, Bob Noyce, Buckminster Fuller, Byte Shop, c2.com, call centre, citizen journalism, Claude Shannon: information theory, Clayton Christensen, commoditize, computer age, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, Debian, desegregation, Donald Davies, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Hofstadter, Dynabook, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, en.wikipedia.org, Firefox, Google Glasses, Grace Hopper, Gödel, Escher, Bach, Hacker Ethic, Haight Ashbury, Howard Rheingold, Hush-A-Phone, HyperCard, hypertext link, index card, Internet Archive, Jacquard loom, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, John Markoff, John von Neumann, Joseph-Marie Jacquard, Leonard Kleinrock, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, Menlo Park, Mitch Kapor, Mother of all demos, new economy, New Journalism, Norbert Wiener, Norman Macrae, packet switching, PageRank, Paul Terrell, pirate software, popular electronics, pre–internet, RAND corporation, Ray Kurzweil, RFC: Request For Comment, Richard Feynman, Richard Stallman, Robert Metcalfe, Rubik’s Cube, Sand Hill Road, Saturday Night Live, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, slashdot, speech recognition, Steve Ballmer, Steve Crocker, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Steven Pinker, Stewart Brand, technological singularity, technoutopianism, Ted Nelson, The Coming Technological Singularity, The Nature of the Firm, The Wisdom of Crowds, Turing complete, Turing machine, Turing test, Vannevar Bush, Vernor Vinge, Von Neumann architecture, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!, Whole Earth Catalog, Whole Earth Review, wikimedia commons, William Shockley: the traitorous eight
The hulking mainframes with whirring tapes and blinking lights were seen as depersonalizing and Orwellian, tools of Corporate America, the Pentagon, and the Power Structure. In The Myth of the Machine, the sociologist Lewis Mumford warned that the rise of computers could mean that “man will become a passive, purposeless, machine-conditioned animal.”7 At peace protests and hippie communes, from Sproul Plaza at Berkeley to Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco, the injunction printed on punch cards, “Do not fold, spindle or mutilate,” became an ironic catchphrase. But by the early 1970s, when the possibility of personal computers arose, attitudes began to change. “Computing went from being dismissed as a tool of bureaucratic control to being embraced as a symbol of individual expression and liberation,” John Markoff wrote in his history of the period, What the Dormouse Said.8 In The Greening of America, which served as a manifesto for the new era, a Yale professor, Charles Reich, denounced the old corporate and social hierarchies and called for new structures that encouraged collaboration and personal empowerment.
“The audience is invited to wear ECSTATIC DRESS & bring their own GADGETS (a.c. outlets will be provided).”16 Yes, the Trip Festival’s conjunction of drugs, rock, and technology—acid and a.c. outlets!—was jarring. But it turned out to be, significantly, a quintessential display of the fusion that shaped the personal computer era: technology, counterculture, entrepreneurship, gadgets, music, art, and engineering. From Stewart Brand to Steve Jobs, those ingredients fashioned a wave of Bay Area innovators who were comfortable at the interface of Silicon Valley and Haight-Ashbury. “The Trips Festival marked Stewart Brand’s emergence as a countercultural entrepreneur—but in a deeply technocratic mold,” wrote the cultural historian Fred Turner.17 A month after the Trips Festival, in February 1966, Brand was sitting on his gravelly rooftop in San Francisco’s North Beach enjoying the effects of 100 micrograms of LSD. Staring at the skyline, he ruminated on something that Buckminster Fuller had said: our perception that the world is flat and stretches indefinitely, rather than round and small, is because we have never seen it from outer space.
Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities by Eric Kaufmann
4chan, affirmative action, Amazon Mechanical Turk, anti-communist, anti-globalists, augmented reality, battle of ideas, Berlin Wall, Bernie Sanders, Boris Johnson, British Empire, centre right, Chelsea Manning, cognitive dissonance, complexity theory, corporate governance, correlation does not imply causation, crowdsourcing, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, David Brooks, deindustrialization, demographic transition, Donald Trump, Elon Musk, en.wikipedia.org, facts on the ground, failed state, Fall of the Berlin Wall, first-past-the-post, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, Haight Ashbury, illegal immigration, immigration reform, imperial preference, income inequality, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, liberal capitalism, longitudinal study, Lyft, mass immigration, meta analysis, meta-analysis, moral panic, Nate Silver, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, open borders, phenotype, postnationalism / post nation state, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Republic of Letters, Ronald Reagan, Scientific racism, Silicon Valley, statistical model, Steven Pinker, the built environment, the scientific method, The Wisdom of Crowds, transcontinental railway, twin studies, uber lyft, upwardly mobile, urban sprawl, Washington Consensus, white flight, working-age population, World Values Survey, young professional
The new subcultural identities were what Daniel Bell terms ‘modernist’ in sensibility, emphasizing novelty, immediacy and diversity of experience rather than tradition. They were necessarily disconnected from older multi-generational communities of ethnic group and nation.27 As the hippies grew up, they developed new group narratives around occupation and lifestyle. Often, members of countercultural lifestyle enclaves lived in identifiable sections of large cities such as Greenwich Village, the original home of the Young Intellectuals, or Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. One index of rising bohemianism was the explosion in the number of artists in New York, from a few thousand in the 1960s to 100,000 by the early 1970s.28 Meanwhile, the share of single households in Manhattan had surged to a third of the city’s population by 1980. In the 1980s, upwardly mobile professionals, or ‘yuppies’, came to adopt aspects of bohemianism, combining economic self-interest with social liberalism.
Trump voters derive a sense of Americanism from a cluster of ‘redneck’ national symbols including country and western music, Nascar, cowboys and pickup trucks. These reference a rural symbol complex towards which white Clinton voters are significantly less receptive. On the other hand, white Clinton voters identify their Americanness more with the country’s ethnic diversity and bohemian neighbourhoods like San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. Partisans on both sides feel strongly American when contemplating icons like the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, but both also possess distinctly partisan-inflected national symbols. A similar exercise in figure 6.7 shows Anglo-Canadians are also somewhat divided over their conception of the nation. But the symbols of white Canadian cultural conservatism are thinner. It may be that I didn’t pick the correct symbols, though I think I have a fairly good feel for the ones that matter.
Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room by David Weinberger
airport security, Alfred Russel Wallace, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Berlin Wall, Black Swan, book scanning, Cass Sunstein, commoditize, corporate social responsibility, crowdsourcing, Danny Hillis, David Brooks, Debian, double entry bookkeeping, double helix, en.wikipedia.org, Exxon Valdez, Fall of the Berlin Wall, future of journalism, Galaxy Zoo, Hacker Ethic, Haight Ashbury, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, invention of the telegraph, jimmy wales, Johannes Kepler, John Harrison: Longitude, Kevin Kelly, linked data, Netflix Prize, New Journalism, Nicholas Carr, Norbert Wiener, openstreetmap, P = NP, Pluto: dwarf planet, profit motive, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, Ray Kurzweil, Republic of Letters, RFID, Richard Feynman, Ronald Reagan, semantic web, slashdot, social graph, Steven Pinker, Stewart Brand, technological singularity, Ted Nelson, the scientific method, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, Thomas Malthus, Whole Earth Catalog, X Prize
Founded in 1975 by the generational icon Stewart Brand, with Larry Brilliant, The WELL has been one of the longest-running conversations on the Net. Its origins are in the hippie culture of which Brand is an avatar—the name stands for The Whole Earth ’Lectronic Link, a reference to Brand’s Whole Earth Catalog—but the 4,000 current members seem to reflect more of an earnest coffee-shop culture than the shirtless non-linearity of Haight-Ashbury. Jon Lebkowsky, who has been on The WELL since 1987, says that the site’s success was not accidental. “They were successful in building the community by seeding it originally with people who were great conversationalists,” waiving the fees for the people they wanted involved. Lebkowsky adds, “They also invited the Grateful Dead crowd, and a lot of journalists.”12 After the seeding comes the gardening.
Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling by Carlton Reid
1960s counterculture, autonomous vehicles, Beeching cuts, bike sharing scheme, California gold rush, car-free, cognitive dissonance, Haight Ashbury, Jane Jacobs, Kickstarter, peak oil, Ponzi scheme, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, Steven Pinker, the built environment, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, urban planning, urban renewal, Whole Earth Catalog, Yom Kippur War
“Glutted roadways, ecological concern, the quest for healthful recreation, and the sophistication of geared machines have all contributed to a flood of cycling activity,” explained Grove, adding that “legislators are beginning to think bikeway as well as highway.” His twelve-page feature concluded that “with bikeway construction and ecological concern marching hand in hand, America’s bicycling boom could harbinger a whole new era in transportation.” Ecological concern was one of the drivers of the boom. During 1967’s “Summer of Love,” the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco reeked of patchouli oil, weed, and incense. With flowers in their hair and buzzed with “acid,” some of the area’s self-styled “freaks” protested against not just war but also waste. This concern deepened for many, and for those “hippies” who became environmental protestors the automobile became a potent symbol of everything that was wrong with the “military-industrial complex.”
The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success by Ross Douthat
Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, AI winter, Bernie Sanders, bitcoin, Burning Man, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, centre right, charter city, crack epidemic, crowdsourcing, David Graeber, Deng Xiaoping, Donald Trump, East Village, Elon Musk, Flynn Effect, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, Francisco Pizarro, ghettoisation, gig economy, Haight Ashbury, helicopter parent, hive mind, Hyperloop, immigration reform, informal economy, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Islamic Golden Age, Jeff Bezos, Joan Didion, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, knowledge worker, life extension, mass immigration, mass incarceration, means of production, megacity, move fast and break things, move fast and break things, multiplanetary species, New Journalism, Nicholas Carr, Norman Mailer, obamacare, Oculus Rift, open borders, out of africa, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, Peter Thiel, plutocrats, Plutocrats, pre–internet, QAnon, quantitative easing, rent-seeking, Robert Bork, Robert Gordon, Ronald Reagan, secular stagnation, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Snapchat, social web, Steve Jobs, Steven Pinker, technoutopianism, the built environment, The Rise and Fall of American Growth, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, wage slave, women in the workforce, Y2K
You could understand the future of Germany better in 1930 by watching Brownshirts and Reds fight in the streets than by hanging out with middle-class shopkeepers; you could see the American future more clearly in the abolitionist John Brown’s wild career than anywhere else in the 1850s. Joan Didion’s famous essay “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” was published “in the cold late spring of 1967,” and she argued that even though the economy was strong and the country seemed superficially stable, you could tell that America’s “center was not holding” by visiting Haight-Ashbury and pondering the hippies. A year later, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy were dead, the Democratic National Convention was in chaos, and the terrorist wave mentioned earlier had begun. But our terrorists and radicals don’t necessarily feel like prophets or forerunners; they often just feel more like marks. The terrorist in twenty-first-century America isn’t the guy who sees more deeply than the rest or grasps the new world coming; he’s the guy (almost always a guy) who doesn’t get it, the guy who takes all the stuff he reads on the Internet literally in a way that most of the people posting don’t, the guy who confuses virtual entertainment with reality, the guy who goes through the same Violent Passion Surrogate as everyone else but unlike everyone else imagines that he’s actually Othello.
Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World by Joseph Menn
4chan, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, Apple II, autonomous vehicles, Berlin Wall, Bernie Sanders, bitcoin, Chelsea Manning, commoditize, corporate governance, Donald Trump, dumpster diving, Edward Snowden, Firefox, Google Chrome, Haight Ashbury, Internet of things, Jacob Appelbaum, Jason Scott: textfiles.com, John Markoff, Julian Assange, Mark Zuckerberg, Mitch Kapor, Naomi Klein, Peter Thiel, pirate software, pre–internet, Ralph Nader, ransomware, Richard Stallman, Robert Mercer, self-driving car, side project, Silicon Valley, Skype, slashdot, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, Stuxnet, Whole Earth Catalog, WikiLeaks, zero day
She became Slick’s closest friend, caught the elder Dryden when he fell from Grace, and in 1971 gave birth to Jesse James Dryden. Though it earned its own fame, Jefferson Airplane also served as an adjunct of the Grateful Dead, the center of the era’s counterculture in the Bay Area and by extension America. Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia personally approved Dryden’s joining Airplane, and members of both bands and their mutual friends lived together in Haight-Ashbury and other San Francisco neighborhoods. Along with shared creative efforts and antiestablishment attitude, that deep alliance meant experimental social structure, early technological adoption, and, as Mann put it, “better living through chemistry.” Even before the Dead had their name, they were a part of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, the eclectic and idealistic group that drove through America to have fun messing with people and to spread the good news about LSD.
Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States (P.S.) by Pete Jordan
We were all immigrants or children of immigrants or African Americans. And I couldn’t see any of us rising out of that decaying school (that’d be shut down within a few years) and attaining any lofty goals. Sure I wanted encouragement—I didn’t exactly want the nuns to tell us we were losers and would always be losers. But I wanted realistic encouragement. Growing up in a family of seven in what was built as a onebedroom apartment in the pre-yuppified Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco in the 1970s, I figured I was destined for a life of drudgery. My father had grown up in an impoverished family of eight living in a two-room tenement apartment in Glasgow, Scotland. He was still living in those two rooms when, at nearly forty, he married and emigrated to San Francisco in pursuit of a more prosperous life. For decades, he held a steady job at a customs office.
Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think by Alan Grafen; Mark Ridley
Alfred Russel Wallace, Arthur Eddington, bioinformatics, cognitive bias, computer age, conceptual framework, Dava Sobel, double helix, Douglas Hofstadter, epigenetics, Fellow of the Royal Society, Haight Ashbury, interchangeable parts, Isaac Newton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, John von Neumann, loose coupling, Murray Gell-Mann, Necker cube, phenotype, profit maximization, Ronald Reagan, Stephen Hawking, Steven Pinker, the scientific method, theory of mind, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, Yogi Berra, zero-sum game
I knew I was reading the work of a Master when I saw on the first page of the Methods that ‘The chicks were tested in Paris’. A misprint perhaps, but it certainly conveyed the impression of a certain style! Richard has spent most of his career at Oxford, but for two years in the late 1960s he was at Berkeley, during the time of hippies, student riots, and revolution. On his return he recounted how one day, while he was walking down Haight Ashbury, no doubt on his way to a bookstore and wearing empire-building shorts and well-trimmed hair, a car full of gawping tourists drove slowly past him, and a child inside was heard exclaiming ‘Hey Maw, it’s one of the weirdos!’ ENDNOTES 1 R. Dawkins and J. R. Krebs, ‘Animal Signals: Information or manipulation’, in J. R. Krebs and N. B. Davies (eds.), Behavioural Ecology: An Evolutionary Approach (Oxford: Blackwell, ist edn., 1978), 282-309. 2 N.
Beyond: Our Future in Space by Chris Impey
3D printing, Admiral Zheng, Albert Einstein, Alfred Russel Wallace, AltaVista, Berlin Wall, Buckminster Fuller, butterfly effect, California gold rush, carbon-based life, Charles Lindbergh, Colonization of Mars, cosmic abundance, crowdsourcing, cuban missile crisis, dark matter, discovery of DNA, Doomsday Clock, Edward Snowden, Elon Musk, Eratosthenes, Haight Ashbury, Hyperloop, I think there is a world market for maybe five computers, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, Johannes Kepler, John von Neumann, Kickstarter, life extension, low earth orbit, Mahatma Gandhi, Marc Andreessen, Mars Rover, mutually assured destruction, Oculus Rift, operation paperclip, out of africa, Peter H. Diamandis: Planetary Resources, phenotype, private space industry, purchasing power parity, RAND corporation, Ray Kurzweil, RFID, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman: Challenger O-ring, risk tolerance, Rubik’s Cube, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Searching for Interstellar Communications, Silicon Valley, skunkworks, Skype, Stephen Hawking, Steven Pinker, supervolcano, technological singularity, telepresence, telerobotics, the medium is the message, the scientific method, theory of mind, There's no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home - Ken Olsen, wikimedia commons, X Prize, Yogi Berra
The occupants wore jumpsuits out of Star Trek—which, depending on your point of view, made them look like either consummate professionals or inmates at a county jail. Few had serious scientific credentials. The soaring architecture was inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes, but there was also a darker backstory associated with founder John Allen, who ran a commune in New Mexico that had the trappings of a cult. Allen was a metallurgist and Harvard MBA who experimented with peyote and spent the late 1960s lecturing in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. In 1974, when young Yale dropout Ed Bass arrived at Allen’s Synergia Ranch, the two men instantly hit it off, based on their shared interest in the environment. Allen had big ideas and Bass was heir to an oil fortune, so they built an 82-foot sailboat and traveled around the world studying ecosystems and sustainable development. Allen became obsessed with space colonization.2 Figure 45.
USA's Best Trips by Sara Benson
Albert Einstein, California gold rush, car-free, carbon footprint, desegregation, diversified portfolio, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, if you build it, they will come, indoor plumbing, Kickstarter, lateral thinking, McMansion, mega-rich, New Urbanism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, side project, Silicon Valley, the High Line, transcontinental railway, trickle-down economics, urban renewal, urban sprawl, white flight, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration
The Oak Haven Lodge is in a fairly new building with big decks and comfortable beds. Some rooms even have a Jacuzzi. Another choice is the aptly named Hotel Floyd, which is also brand new and advertises an “eco-friendly” ethos. Flatscreeen TVs with satellite hookups make it easy being green. In the morning, stop into the old two-story cedar building that houses noteBooks and Black Water Loft. This combination book, art, and music store has a Haight Ashbury–style coffeehouse on the 2nd floor. Browse books by local artists or relax with a vanilla latte on one of the fraying couches as sun streams through the windows. Once you’re on the road again, you’ll want to head south toward Hwy 58, which makes up a large portion of the Crooked Road. These roads take you past real working farms, some of which have quite the hardscrabble aesthetic – very different from the estate farms and stables of northern Virginia and much of the Shenandoah Valley.
Twenty-five miles south of Tombstone on Hwy 80 is Bisbee – the number-one pick for a mining tour, according to Reed, “not just because it’s very picturesque, but because they’ve done a great job of preserving the history there.” People who have visited San Francisco might have a déjà vu moment: Bisbee’s Victorian buildings are set on rolling hills and the mile-high city is surprisingly cool. “The parallels between those two cities have always fascinated me,” Reed says. “It’s fitting that a lot of the people who kept this place from turning into a ghost town were part of the whole Haight-Ashbury scene and came here when that broke up. Now Bisbee is a pretty, artsy place and there is no shortage of characters.” Besides hipness, Bisbee is all about copper. The Copper Queen Hotel was built in 1902 to give visiting fat cats a place to spend the night. Cut right to the crux of the matter – literally – with Queen Mine Tours and delve a quarter-mile straight into the cold earth on a small rail car.
The Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling
Apple II, back-to-the-land, game design, ghettoisation, Haight Ashbury, Howard Rheingold, HyperCard, index card, informal economy, Jaron Lanier, Mitch Kapor, pirate software, plutocrats, Plutocrats, Silicon Valley, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, The Hackers Conference, the scientific method, Whole Earth Catalog, Whole Earth Review
He is perhaps best known as a songwriter for the Grateful Dead, for he composed lyrics for "Hell in a Bucket," "Picasso Moon," "Mexicali Blues," "I Need a Miracle," and many more; he has been writing for the band since 1970. Before we tackle the vexing question as to why a rock lyricist should be interviewed by the FBI in a computer-crime case, it might be well to say a word or two about the Grateful Dead. The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most successful and long-lasting of the numerous cultural emanations from the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, in the glory days of Movement politics and lysergic transcendance. The Grateful Dead are a nexus, a veritable whirlwind, of applique decals, psychedelic vans, tie-dyed T-shirts, earth-color denim, frenzied dancing and open and unashamed drug use. The symbols, and the realities, of Californian freak power surround the Grateful Dead like knotted macrame. The Grateful Dead and their thousands of Deadhead devotees are radical Bohemians.
Coastal California by Lonely Planet
1960s counterculture, airport security, Albert Einstein, Asilomar, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, buy and hold, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, centre right, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Frank Gehry, global village, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, illegal immigration, Joan Didion, Khyber Pass, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, low cost airline, Mason jar, McMansion, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, stealth mode startup, Steve Wozniak, trade route, transcontinental railway, Upton Sinclair, urban sprawl, white picket fence, women in the workforce, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional, Zipcar
Chinatown Alleyways Tours WALKING ( 415-984-1478; www.chinatownalleywaytours.org; adult/child $18/5/; 11am Sat & Sun) Neighborhood teens lead two-hour tours for up-close-and-personal peeks into Chinatown’s past (weather permitting). Book five days ahead or pay double for Saturday walk-ins; cash only. Tour meeting points vary. Public Library City Guides WALKING (www.sfcityguides.org) Volunteer local historians lead tours by neighborhood and theme: Art Deco Marina, Gold Rush Downtown, Pacific Heights Victorians, North Beach by Night and more. See website for upcoming tours. Haight-Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour WALKING ( 415-863-1621; www.haightashburytour.com; adult/under 9yr $20/free; 9:30am Tue & Sat, 2pm Thu, 11am Fri) Take a long, strange trip through 12 blocks of hippie history, following in the steps of Jimi, Jerry and Janis – if you have to ask for last names, you really need this tour, man. Tours meet at the corner of Stanyan and Waller Sts and last about two hours; reservations required.
You’ve probably already read books by Californians without knowing it, for example, Ray Bradbury’s 1950s dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451; Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize–winning The Color Purple ; Ken Kesey’s quintessential ’60s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo ’ s Nest ; UC Berkeley professor Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior ; Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay ; or Dave Eggers, the Bay area hipster behind McSweeney’s quarterly literary journal. Few writers nail California culture as well as Joan Didion. She’s best known for her collection of essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, which takes a caustic look at 1960s flower power and Haight-Ashbury. Tom Wolfe also put ’60s San Francisco in perspective with The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which follows Ken Kesey’s band of Merry Pranksters, who began their acid-laced ‘magic bus’ journey near Santa Cruz. By that time, the Beat generation of writers had already fired up San Francisco’s North Beach literary scene beginning in the 1950s, including with Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem Howl and Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel On the Road.
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion ofSafety by Eric Schlosser
Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Berlin Wall, cuban missile crisis, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Haight Ashbury, impulse control, interchangeable parts, Isaac Newton, life extension, Mikhail Gorbachev, mutually assured destruction, nuclear winter, packet switching, RAND corporation, Ronald Reagan, Stanislav Petrov, Stewart Brand, too big to fail, uranium enrichment, William Langewiesche
Three enlisted men at a Nike Hercules base in San Rafael, California, were removed from guard duty for psychiatric reasons. One of them had been charged with pointing a loaded rifle at the head of a sergeant. Although illegal drugs were not involved in the case, the three men were allowed to guard the missiles, despite a history of psychiatric problems. The squadron was understaffed, and its commander feared that hippies—“people from the Haight-Ashbury”—were trying to steal nuclear weapons. More than one fourth of the crew on the USS Nathan Hale, a Polaris submarine with sixteen ballistic missiles, were investigated for illegal drug use. Eighteen of the thirty-eight seamen were cleared; the rest were discharged or removed from submarine duty. A former crew member of the Nathan Hale told a reporter that hashish was often smoked when the sub was at sea.
thirty-five members of an Army unit … using and selling marijuana and LSD: See Flora Lewis, “Men Who Handle Nuclear Weapons Also Using Drugs,” Boston Globe, September 6, 1971. Nineteen members of an Army detachment were arrested on pot charges: See “GI’s at Nuclear Base Face Pot Charges,” Los Angeles Times, October 4, 1972. Three enlisted men at a Nike Hercules base in San Rafael: See “3 Atom Guards Called Unstable; Major Suspended,” New York Times, August 18, 1969; and “Unstable Atom Guards Probed,” Boston Globe, August 18, 1969. “people from the Haight-Ashbury”: Quoted in “Unstable Atom Guards.” More than one fourth of the crew on the USS Nathan Hale: Cited in “Men Who Handle Nuclear Weapons.” A former crew member of the Nathan Hale told a reporter: See ibid. The crew member of another ballistic missile submarine thought that smoking marijuana while at sea was too risky, because of the strong aroma. The tight quarters of the sub inspired an alternative.
The Dream Machine: J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal by M. Mitchell Waldrop
Ada Lovelace, air freight, Alan Turing: On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem, Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Apple II, battle of ideas, Berlin Wall, Bill Duvall, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, Byte Shop, Claude Shannon: information theory, computer age, conceptual framework, cuban missile crisis, Donald Davies, double helix, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, experimental subject, fault tolerance, Frederick Winslow Taylor, friendly fire, From Mathematics to the Technologies of Life and Death, Haight Ashbury, Howard Rheingold, information retrieval, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, James Watt: steam engine, Jeff Rulifson, John von Neumann, Leonard Kleinrock, Marc Andreessen, Menlo Park, New Journalism, Norbert Wiener, packet switching, pink-collar, popular electronics, RAND corporation, RFC: Request For Comment, Robert Metcalfe, Silicon Valley, Steve Crocker, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, Ted Nelson, Turing machine, Turing test, Vannevar Bush, Von Neumann architecture, Wiener process, zero-sum game
This was also not a given, not in the sixties. In a decade that was justly fa- mous for turmoil, the years that brought the ARPA network into being-1966 through 1969-were enough to make one wonder what shreds of the social fabric could possibly survive. The summer of 1967, when Larry Roberts was drafting his preliminary plan for the network, was the Summer of Love for the hippies in San Francisco's drug-soaked Haight-Ashbury district. But it was also a Long, Hot Summer of rioting in the black ghettos of Newark, Detroit, and more than a hundred other cities; the National Guard was called out for the first time since World War II. October 1967, the month when Roberts announced his network plan in Gatlinburg, was also a month that saw some fifty thousand antiwar demonstrators rally at the Pentagon, where protesters in psychedelic face paint THE INTERGALACTIC NETWORK 281 stuck flowers in the gun barrels of guardsmen sent to control them.
"That was the lie we told ourselves," recalls a wry Bob Metcalfe, then an undergraduate computer-science major at MIT: "Our money was bloody on only one side." Then, too, many of these kids were nothing if not escapist. The obsessive techno-weenies who haunted the terminal rooms of Project MAC and the other ARPA sites were children of the sixties, all right. But the worlds they were creat- ing for themselves had less in common with the angry antiwar movement out on the streets than with the psychedelic, peace-and-love communes of Haight- Ashbury. Their passion for a newly popular epic fantasy called The Lord of the Rings was equaled only by their obsession with science fiction-and with the ubiquitous computer game Spacewar, which sprang into existence wherever there was a PDP machine to run it on. For most of them, "ARPA" didn't mean "Pentagon." It was more like a magic word that opened a door into the Land of Faerie itself, a magical realm full of machines that could do anything their imag- inations could contrive, while providing a refuge from the all-too-real tumult around them.
Discover Great Britain by Lonely Planet
British Empire, carbon footprint, centre right, colonial rule, Columbine, congestion charging, G4S, global village, Haight Ashbury, Isaac Newton, James Watt: steam engine, New Urbanism, Stephen Hawking
Glastonbury pop 8429 If you suddenly feel the need to get your third eye cleansed or your chakras realigned, then there’s really only one place in England that fits the bill: good old Glastonbury, a bohemian haven and centre for New Age culture since the days of the Summer of Love, and still a favourite hangout for hippies, mystics and counter-cultural types of all descriptions. The main street is more Haight Ashbury than Somerset hamlet, with a bewildering assortment of crystal sellers, veggie cafes, mystical bookshops and bong emporiums, but Glastonbury has been a spiritual centre since long before the weekend Buddhists and white witches arrived. It’s supposedly the birthplace of Christianity in England, and several of Britain’s most important ley lines are said to converge on nearby Glastonbury Tor. The town is also famous for the June Glastonbury Festival (www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk), a massive extravaganza of music, dance, spirituality and general all-round weirdness Ruins of Glastonbury Abbey PHOTOGRAPHER: SHANNON NACE / LONELY PLANET IMAGES © Sights Glastonbury Abbey Abbey (www.glastonburyabbey.com; Magdalene St; adult/child £5.50/3.50; 9.30am-6pm or dusk Sep-May, from 9am Jun-Aug) Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea, great-uncle of Jesus, owned mines in this area and returned here with the Holy Grail (the chalice from the Last Supper) after the death of Christ.
In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist by Pete Jordan
While the photo portrayed my ideal locale, I had no idea if 21st-century Amsterdam resembled the Amsterdam of the photo. But even if that photographed street nowadays had only a fraction of the cyclists in the picture, I figured Amsterdam would still be a far greater bike town than anywhere in America. As an urban planning student, I needed to get there, to be there, to learn from the best how to build a city for bikes. AS KIDS GROWING up in the post-hippie/pre-yuppie Haight-Ashbury district of 1970s San Francisco, none of my older brothers or sisters owned bikes. My parents simply couldn’t afford such luxuries. Other kids on our block had their own wheels, though, and anytime I could cadge a spin on one of those, no matter how briefly, the moment was special. In fact, it was so special that when I was eight years old, I began delivering newspapers in order to earn the money to buy a bike of my own.
Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places by Sharon Zukin
1960s counterculture, big-box store, blue-collar work, corporate social responsibility, crack epidemic, creative destruction, David Brooks, East Village, en.wikipedia.org, Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Bilbao, Haight Ashbury, Jane Jacobs, late capitalism, mass immigration, new economy, New Urbanism, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, rent control, Richard Florida, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, the built environment, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Thorstein Veblen, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, white flight, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional
By the beginning of the 1970s broad political protest expressed by radical youth movements against the Vietnam War, consumer society, and mainstream concern with social status had simmered down to an individual concern with lifestyle goals of liberation and personal authenticity, or what the sociologist Sam Binkley calls “getting loose.”18 While many advocates of a looser lifestyle abandoned cities to live off the land in rural communes, others moved into low-key urban neighborhoods where college students, artists, and workers, including Latinos and blacks, would tolerate, exploit, or grudgingly coexist with their bohemian ways. Some ex-hippies became entrepreneurs, selling drugs, psychedelic posters, and used clothing, and gradually the consumer products and spaces that went along with the hippies’ looser lifestyle became visible symbols not just of a more interesting way to live, but of a more interesting place to live. Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco and the East Village in New York marked spaces of social diversity and cultural experimentation; they also indicated how the counterculture’s conflict with modernization could create excitement around a city’s old neighborhoods. In a curious and unexpected way, the counterculture’s pursuit of origins—by loosening the authentic self and bonding with the poor and underprivileged—opened a new beginning for urban redevelopment in the 1970s, alongside gentrification and gay and lesbian communities.19 The allure of newly hip neighborhoods spread through the power of alternative media.
Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War by Ken Adelman
anti-communist, Berlin Wall, British Empire, cuban missile crisis, Deng Xiaoping, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, Donald Trump, F. W. de Klerk, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Haight Ashbury, Kitchen Debate, kremlinology, Mikhail Gorbachev, mutually assured destruction, Nelson Mandela, old-boy network, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan: Tear down this wall, Saturday Night Live, Sinatra Doctrine, War on Poverty, Yogi Berra
—what was said boldly in local speeches, town hall meetings, and intellectual salons counted more than anything said behind the closed doors of foreign ministries, or even grand palaces. Reagan’s new style of diplomacy was adopted and expanded years later, especially by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. HAVING SEEN THE TRANSFORMING effect of Gorbachev’s foray on Connecticut Avenue, the Reagans set out on their first afternoon in Moscow for Arbat Street. Arbat was quickly becoming the Haight-Ashbury of Moscow, where artists and entrepreneurs converged to strum their guitars and peddle their wares. The centuries-old street was getting filled with souvenir stalls, cafes, boutiques, and modish restaurants, including Moscow’s own Hard Rock Café. Although the tony Arbat was the pedestrian embodiment of glasnost, it still resided in a Communist land. Soon into their stroll, the president and first lady were mobbed by a friendly crowd.
On the Road: Adventures From Nixon to Trump by James Naughtie
Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Alistair Cooke, anti-communist, Ayatollah Khomeini, Berlin Wall, Bernie Sanders, centre right, collapse of Lehman Brothers, Donald Trump, Ferguson, Missouri, Haight Ashbury, illegal immigration, immigration reform, Julian Assange, Mikhail Gorbachev, Norman Mailer, obamacare, plutocrats, Plutocrats, post-work, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan: Tear down this wall, South China Sea, trickle-down economics, white flight, WikiLeaks, Yom Kippur War, young professional, zero-sum game
In part of America where the white population prided themselves on politeness, and boasted about the graciousness of the Old South, this was the truth about daily life. For some reason, this particular incident – undramatic, common-place across the South, involving nothing that would be remarked upon by a local – stayed with me, stubbornly. We had many adventures on that trip, listening to jazz in the French Quarter in New Orleans, hiking into the Grand Canyon, experiencing the drive up the California coast on Highway 1 to San Francisco, where Haight-Ashbury was still pretending it was 1967, ‘the summer of love’. Breathing the exhilarating air of the Pacific north-west. Traversing the moonscape of the Badlands in the Dakotas. But the South had the greatest effect, and for a reason that I understood. I was tormented by the feeling that it was a familiar place, despite its troubles, peopled by characters whom I knew. Their often gracious speech, decorated with old cadences, and the formalities of meeting and greeting, were an echo of home and the social habits with which I’d grown up.
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
airport security, Bayesian statistics, Berlin Wall, citizen journalism, Firefox, game design, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Internet Archive, Isaac Newton, Jane Jacobs, Jeff Bezos, mail merge, Mitch Kapor, MITM: man-in-the-middle, RFID, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, slashdot, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Thomas Bayes, web of trust, zero day
Mom took me in her arms, the way she used to when I was a little boy, and she stroked my hair, and she murmured in my ear, and rocked me, and gradually, slowly, the sobs dissipated. I took a deep breath and Mom got me a glass of water. I sat on the edge of my bed and she sat in my desk chair and I told her everything. Everything. Well, most of it. &&& Chapter 16 [[This chapter is dedicated to San Francisco's Booksmith, ensconced in the storied Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, just a few doors down from the Ben and Jerry's at the exact corner of Haight and Ashbury. The Booksmith folks really know how to run an author event -- when I lived in San Francisco, I used to go down all the time to hear incredible writers speak (William Gibson was unforgettable). They also produce little baseball-card-style trading cards for each author -- I have two from my own appearances there.]]
Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier
3D printing, 4chan, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Airbnb, augmented reality, automated trading system, barriers to entry, bitcoin, book scanning, Burning Man, call centre, carbon footprint, cloud computing, commoditize, computer age, crowdsourcing, David Brooks, David Graeber, delayed gratification, digital Maoism, Douglas Engelbart, en.wikipedia.org, Everything should be made as simple as possible, facts on the ground, Filter Bubble, financial deregulation, Fractional reserve banking, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, George Akerlof, global supply chain, global village, Haight Ashbury, hive mind, if you build it, they will come, income inequality, informal economy, information asymmetry, invisible hand, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, job automation, John Markoff, Kevin Kelly, Khan Academy, Kickstarter, Kodak vs Instagram, life extension, Long Term Capital Management, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Metcalfe’s law, moral hazard, mutually assured destruction, Network effects, new economy, Norbert Wiener, obamacare, packet switching, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, Peter Thiel, place-making, plutocrats, Plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, post-oil, pre–internet, race to the bottom, Ray Kurzweil, rent-seeking, reversible computing, Richard Feynman, Ronald Reagan, scientific worldview, self-driving car, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, smart meter, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, Ted Nelson, The Market for Lemons, Thomas Malthus, too big to fail, trickle-down economics, Turing test, Vannevar Bush, WikiLeaks, zero-sum game
“Social networks” like Facebook were brought into existence in part to recapture those kinds of connections that were jettisoned when they need not have been, when the Web was born. Why Isn’t Ted Better Known? Xanadu wasn’t merely a technical project; it was a social experiment of its time. The most hip thing in the Bay Area from the 1960s to sometime in the 1980s was to form a commune or even a cult. I remember one, for instance, in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, where hippie culture hatched, that fashioned itself the “Free Print Shop.” They’d print lovely posters for “movement” events in the spectral, inebriated, neo-Victorian visual style of the time. (How bizarre it was to hear someone recommended as being “part of the movement.” This honorary title meant nothing beyond aesthetic sympathy, but there was infantile gravity in the intonation of the word movement, as though our conspiracies were consequential.
The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, Capote, and the New Journalism Revolution by Marc Weingarten
1960s counterculture, Bonfire of the Vanities, British Empire, citizen journalism, cognitive dissonance, Donner party, East Village, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Haight Ashbury, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Kickstarter, Menlo Park, New Journalism, non-fiction novel, Norman Mailer, post-work, pre–internet, rent control, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Stewart Brand, upwardly mobile, working poor, yellow journalism
Nixon’s fumbling perfidy had inflamed both the left and the right and had distorted the political discourse beyond recognition: “He had scorched reason a little further out of existence.” VULGARIAN AT THE GATE The ideological breakdowns of the sixties were a bitter disappointment to Thompson, Mailer, and all of those journalists who truly believed that they just might bear witness to a great American political awakening. But Nixon was reelected, the New Left splintered and faded, and Haight-Ashbury became a seedy countercultural Disneyland. There was a new revolution afoot, but it was directed inward, toward the cultivation of one’s own personality, mental health, and physical well-being. It was the era of encounter sessions, EST, group therapy. Tom Wolfe called it the third great American awakening, a natural evolution arising from the drug experimentation and communal living of the previous decade.
The Rough Guide to Toronto by Helen Lovekin, Phil Lee
airport security, British Empire, car-free, glass ceiling, global village, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, indoor plumbing, Jane Jacobs, joint-stock company, Khyber Pass, Kickstarter, Marshall McLuhan, megacity, place-making, urban renewal, urban sprawl
Jam-packed with chichi cafés, restaurants and shops, Yorkville makes for a pleasant stroll (especially if you’ve got some spare cash), one of its 83 UPTOWN TORON TO most agreeable features being the old timber-terrace houses that are still much in evidence. These same houses have actually seen much grimmer days: in the late 1950s, Yorkville was run down and impoverished, but then the hippies arrived and soon turned the area into a countercultural enclave – a diminutive version of Haight-Ashbury, with Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot in attendance. Things are much less inventive today – big cars and big jewellery – but the Village Gardens, at the corner of Cumberland and Bellair streets, is a particularly appealing and cleverly designed little park. The centrepiece is a hunk of granite brought from northern Ontario, and around it are arranged a variety of neat little gardens, displaying every native Ontario habitat from forest to wetlands
Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray
affirmative action, assortative mating, blue-collar work, Community Supported Agriculture, corporate governance, David Brooks, en.wikipedia.org, feminist movement, George Gilder, Haight Ashbury, happiness index / gross national happiness, helicopter parent, illegal immigration, income inequality, job satisfaction, labor-force participation, longitudinal study, low skilled workers, Menlo Park, new economy, Ralph Nader, Richard Florida, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, Unsafe at Any Speed, War on Poverty, working-age population, young professional
The new lower class grew under the radar for a long time. In the 1960s and 1970s, two groups of Americans at opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum notoriously defied the traditional American expectations of respectable behavior. One consisted of white youths who came of age in the 1960s, mostly from middle-class and upper-middle-class families, who formed the counterculture that blossomed in Haight-Ashbury in the mid-1960s, gathered strength nationally during the years of the Vietnam War, and died away during the 1970s. The other was black and urban, a small minority of the black population that became so socially disorganized that by the early 1980s it had acquired the label of underclass. The counterculture got most of the nation’s attention during the 1970s and the underclass got most of the attention during the 1980s.
In-N-Out Burger by Stacy Perman
anti-communist, British Empire, commoditize, corporate raider, El Camino Real, estate planning, forensic accounting, Haight Ashbury, Maui Hawaii, McJob, McMansion, new economy, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Upton Sinclair
It began in 1965 as a congregation of about twenty-five parishioners who met in a mobile home after its founder, Pastor Chuck Smith, broke away from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Santa Ana. Smith was a leading figure in the grassroots “Jesus Movement.” Known to some as the “Jesus Freaks,” members belonged to a religious revival born out of the hippie counterculture of the late 1960s. The movement got its start in a storefront in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district called the “Living Room” and spread quickly. Down in Orange County, Smith’s early outreach to hippies spurred thousands to flock to his church. As it turned out, the Jesus Movement became a spawning ground for what was to become another Christian phenomenon: the evangelical mega-church. By the time that Rich became involved, the Calvary Chapel had developed into a global ministry claiming thousands of conversions.
Northern California Travel Guide by Lonely Planet
Airbnb, Apple II, Asilomar, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, big-box store, Burning Man, buy and hold, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, clean water, dark matter, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Frank Gehry, friendly fire, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Google bus, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, housing crisis, Joan Didion, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, Lyft, Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Zuckerberg, Mason jar, McMansion, means of production, Port of Oakland, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South of Market, San Francisco, stealth mode startup, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, the built environment, trade route, transcontinental railway, uber lyft, Upton Sinclair, urban sprawl, white picket fence, Whole Earth Catalog, women in the workforce, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional
San Francisco General Hopsital (Zuckerberg San Franciso General Hospital and Trauma Center; GOOGLE MAP ; %emergency 415-206-8111, main hospital 415-206-8000; www.sfdph.org; 1001 Potrero Ave; h24hr; g9, 10, 33, 48) Best for serious trauma. Provides care to uninsured patients, including psychiatric care; no documentation required beyond ID. University of California San Francisco Medical Center ( GOOGLE MAP ; %415-476-1000; www.ucsfhealth.org; 505 Parnassus Ave; h24hr; g6, 7, 43, mN) ER at leading university hospital. Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic (HealthRIGHT 360; GOOGLE MAP ; %415-746-1950; www.healthright360.org; 558 Clayton St; hby appointment 8:45am-noon & 1-5pm; g6, 7, 33, 37, 43, mN) Provides substance abuse and mental health services by appointment. San Francisco City Clinic ( GOOGLE MAP ; %415-487-5500; www.sfcityclinic.org; 356 7th St; h8am-4pm Mon, Wed & Fri, 1-6pm Tue, 1-4pm Thu) Low-cost treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including emergency contraception and post-exposure prevention (PEP) for HIV.
The Grateful Dead would emerge as the most enduring Bay Area ambassadors, but they were only a sliver of the scene. A seething, psychedelic mess of musical exploration, sexual liberation and mind-altering expression, it was a sound presented in vivid Technicolor by groups such as Moby Grape, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Santana. This movement was cranked up to 11 during 1967, when the Summer of Love brought 10,000 pilgrims to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Golden Gate Park’s ‘Human Be-In’ in January of that year kicked things off with a free-form festival of good vibes, LSD and live music. At the end of the '60s, Sly and the Family Stone – a funky, interracial group lead by the so-called ‘Black Prince of Woodstock’, Sly Stone – perfectly captured the all-embracing, edgy, revolutionary spirit of the times with their hit ‘I Want to Take You Higher.’
The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking by Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, Bronwen Godfrey
Walter originated a no-equipment method of baking: measure with a coffee can, mix, then turn the dough out on floury newspaper. Knead it well, let the dough rise in any convenient container, grease the coffee can, put in the dough, and let it rise again. Bake, of course, in the can. Coffee-can bread had become famous two summers before, when Walter and others turned out hundreds of loaves a week from the basement of a church in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, using donated flour to provide what was sometimes the only sustenance for many of the ‘flower children’ that received it. A few years later, during the Poor People’s March on Washington, the coffee cans reappeared in Resurrection City, where the bread came off the back of Walter’s pickup truck, hot from a gas oven converted to propane. The country was just catching on to the idea that whiteness and goodness are not necessarily the same, and Walter and Ruth Reynolds believed good brown bread had a part to play in the drama.
Canary Islands Travel Guide by Lonely Planet
El Tonique TRADITIONAL CANARIAN €€ (922 26 15 29; Calle Heraclio Sánchez 23; mains €8-12; closed Mon lunch & Sun) Head downstairs to this cosy restaurant, its walls lined with dusty bottles of wine. These are but a sample of more than 250 different varieties quietly maturing in Tonique’s cellars. The food is very good and worth the wait for a table (it’s popular for lunch) and a plate of pimientos del piquillo rellenos de merluza (small peppers stuffed with hake). La Folie CAFE € (Calle Santo Domingo 10; snacks €2.50-6) This fabulous place has a real ’60s Haight-Ashbury feel with its cavernous interior, leopard-skin upholstery, murals and idiosyncratic clutter. It’s a good place to seek out whether for breakfast, savoury crêpes or mojitos. BEST BEACHES »Playa de las Teresitas (San Andres) The beach escape of choice for residents of Santa Cruz. Offers soft Saharan sand, safe bathing, good seafood restaurants nearby and a totally Spanish vibe. »Porís de Abona Our favourite east-coast beach; pretty, pocket-sized black-sand beach in a working fishing village.
Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives by Satyajit Das
accounting loophole / creative accounting, Albert Einstein, Asian financial crisis, asset-backed security, beat the dealer, Black Swan, Black-Scholes formula, Bretton Woods, BRICs, Brownian motion, business process, buy and hold, buy low sell high, call centre, capital asset pricing model, collateralized debt obligation, commoditize, complexity theory, computerized trading, corporate governance, corporate raider, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, cuban missile crisis, currency peg, disintermediation, diversification, diversified portfolio, Edward Thorp, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, Everything should be made as simple as possible, financial innovation, fixed income, Haight Ashbury, high net worth, implied volatility, index arbitrage, index card, index fund, interest rate derivative, interest rate swap, Isaac Newton, job satisfaction, John Meriwether, locking in a profit, Long Term Capital Management, mandelbrot fractal, margin call, market bubble, Marshall McLuhan, mass affluent, mega-rich, merger arbitrage, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, money market fund, moral hazard, mutually assured destruction, Myron Scholes, new economy, New Journalism, Nick Leeson, offshore financial centre, oil shock, Parkinson's law, placebo effect, Ponzi scheme, purchasing power parity, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, random walk, regulatory arbitrage, Right to Buy, risk-adjusted returns, risk/return, Satyajit Das, shareholder value, short selling, South Sea Bubble, statistical model, technology bubble, the medium is the message, the new new thing, time value of money, too big to fail, transaction costs, value at risk, Vanguard fund, volatility smile, yield curve, Yogi Berra, zero-coupon bond
He maintained investment records on elaborate systems such as index cards and a calendar, and the most sophisticated analytical tool he used was a wristwatch calculator. (Ironically, the revered Fischer Black was also partial to wristwatch calculators.) At a personal level, Citron behaved oddly. He loved the colour turquoise: he dressed in turquoise, favouring paisley ties in the same colour. He had turquoise jewellery and a turquoise convertible Chrysler. The behaviour was perhaps not remarkable in California, at least from any survivor of the Haight-Ashbury period of the 1960s. The subsequent court proceedings revealed the details of Citron’s investment process. It transpired that he relied on the advice of a psychic and a mail order astrologer for financial guidance. Citron admitted to using a $4.50 star chart prepared by an Indianapolis astrologer to help him manage Orange County’s money. In 1994, Greenspan pushed up US$ interest rates rapidly and the yield curve flattened.
How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy
"Robert Solow", Albert Einstein, Andrei Shleifer, anti-communist, asset allocation, asset-backed security, availability heuristic, bank run, banking crisis, Benoit Mandelbrot, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, Black-Scholes formula, Blythe Masters, Bretton Woods, British Empire, business cycle, capital asset pricing model, centralized clearinghouse, collateralized debt obligation, Columbine, conceptual framework, Corn Laws, corporate raider, correlation coefficient, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, crony capitalism, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, debt deflation, different worldview, diversification, Elliott wave, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, financial deregulation, financial innovation, Financial Instability Hypothesis, financial intermediation, full employment, George Akerlof, global supply chain, Gunnar Myrdal, Haight Ashbury, hiring and firing, Hyman Minsky, income per capita, incomplete markets, index fund, information asymmetry, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), invisible hand, John Nash: game theory, John von Neumann, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Arrow, Kickstarter, laissez-faire capitalism, Landlord’s Game, liquidity trap, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, Louis Bachelier, mandelbrot fractal, margin call, market bubble, market clearing, mental accounting, Mikhail Gorbachev, money market fund, Mont Pelerin Society, moral hazard, mortgage debt, Myron Scholes, Naomi Klein, negative equity, Network effects, Nick Leeson, Northern Rock, paradox of thrift, Pareto efficiency, Paul Samuelson, Ponzi scheme, price discrimination, price stability, principal–agent problem, profit maximization, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, race to the bottom, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, random walk, Renaissance Technologies, rent control, Richard Thaler, risk tolerance, risk-adjusted returns, road to serfdom, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Coase, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, short selling, Silicon Valley, South Sea Bubble, sovereign wealth fund, statistical model, technology bubble, The Chicago School, The Great Moderation, The Market for Lemons, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, too big to fail, transaction costs, unorthodox policies, value at risk, Vanguard fund, Vilfredo Pareto, wealth creators, zero-sum game
We are all separate individuals, each with our own aims and purposes. Even when our capacity for love moves us to make sacrifices for others, we each do so in our own way and for our own reasons. If we pretend otherwise, we have no hope of ever getting to grips with the Tragedy of the Commons. 12. HIDDEN INFORMATION AND THE MARKET FOR LEMONS In the late summer of 1966, significant things were happening in California’s Bay Area. In Haight-Ashbury, a run-down neighborhood of cheap apartments and vacant buildings just east of Golden Gate State Park, a vibrant subculture was developing around marijuana, LSD, and the psychedelic music of Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, two local bands; in Candlestick Park, out near the airport, which was then home to the San Francisco Giants football team, the Beatles played what turned out to be their final concert before paying fans; across the water in Oakland, Bobby Seale and Huey P.
Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves by Matthew Sweet
Berlin Wall, British Empire, centre right, computer age, Donald Trump, energy security, Fall of the Berlin Wall, game design, Haight Ashbury, hiring and firing, Howard Zinn, Kickstarter, Mikhail Gorbachev, planetary scale, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Richard Feynman, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, Skype, South China Sea, Stanford prison experiment, Thomas Malthus, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, WikiLeaks, Yogi Berra, éminence grise
A Time to Live opens with images of rosy-cheeked Bulgarian children hunkered down on the pavement, chalking a suspiciously accomplished picture of a Vietnamese mother breast-feeding her baby. We then cut to an immense montage of the world’s anti-imperialist youth, marching through the streets of Sofia and looking optimistically into a headwind. (All except the U.S. delegation, who look like they’ve come for a potluck picnic in Haight-Ashbury.) Fighters from Hanoi parade with bouquets of red roses to chants of “Viet-nam! Viet-nam!” Crowds make way for a fleet of miniature tractors donated to North Vietnam from the citizens of the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv. Delegates from Mozambique and Algeria parade in national costume. After the pageant, the film takes us to a meeting hall draped with a red banner declaring “Vietnam must win” in six languages.
In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India by Edward Luce
affirmative action, Albert Einstein, Bretton Woods, call centre, centre right, clean water, colonial rule, crony capitalism, cuban missile crisis, demographic dividend, energy security, financial independence, friendly fire, Gini coefficient, Haight Ashbury, informal economy, job-hopping, Kickstarter, land reform, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Wolf, megacity, new economy, plutocrats, Plutocrats, profit motive, purchasing power parity, Silicon Valley, trade liberalization, upwardly mobile, uranium enrichment, urban planning, women in the workforce, working-age population, Y2K
So, to the horror and deep skepticism of his father, he struck out alone. Bathed in primary colors and adorned by retro-posters of early Bollywood films, the cheerful walls of Alok’s company offices radiate the signature décor of India’s new economy. Situated in midtown Mumbai in a district that was formerly dominated by textile mills, most of which went bankrupt in the 1980s, Alok’s surroundings reminded me of Clerkenwell in London, or Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. The décor is what some people call postmodern. I spent a lot of time talking to Alok and some of his sixty employees at C2W.com—contest-to-win.com—an outfit that markets brands through the Internet, mobile phones, interactive TV shows, and other new technology. Alok’s principal clients are global multinationals that are desperate for converts among India’s rising class of spenders.
Howard Rheingold by The Virtual Community Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier-Perseus Books (1993)
Apple II, Brewster Kahle, Buckminster Fuller, commoditize, conceptual framework, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, experimental subject, George Gilder, global village, Hacker Ethic, Haight Ashbury, Howard Rheingold, HyperCard, John Markoff, Kevin Kelly, knowledge worker, license plate recognition, loose coupling, Marshall McLuhan, Menlo Park, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Mitch Kapor, packet switching, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, profit motive, RAND corporation, Ray Oldenburg, rent control, RFC: Request For Comment, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, Ted Nelson, telepresence, The Great Good Place, The Hackers Conference, urban decay, Whole Earth Catalog, Whole Earth Review, young professional
A bunch of intelligent misfits have found each other, and now 26-04-2012 21:42 howard rheingold's | the virtual community 3 de 27 http://www.rheingold.com/vc/book/2.html you're having a high old time." The shock of recognition that came with that statement seemed to resolve the matter between us. The WELL is rooted in the San Francisco Bay area and in two separate cultural revolutions that took place there in past decades. The Whole Earth Catalog originally emerged from the Haight-Ashbury counterculture as Stewart Brand's way of providing access to tools and ideas to all the communards who were exploring alternate ways of life in the forests of Mendocino or the high deserts outside Santa Fe. The Whole Earth Catalogs and the magazines they spawned--Co-Evolution Quarterly and its successor, Whole Earth Review--seem to have outlived the counterculture itself, since the magazine and catalogs still exist after twenty-five years.
Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History by Thomas Rid
1960s counterculture, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, agricultural Revolution, Albert Einstein, Alistair Cooke, Apple II, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, back-to-the-land, Berlin Wall, British Empire, Brownian motion, Buckminster Fuller, business intelligence, Charles Lindbergh, Claude Shannon: information theory, conceptual framework, connected car, domain-specific language, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, dumpster diving, Extropian, full employment, game design, global village, Haight Ashbury, Howard Rheingold, Jaron Lanier, job automation, John Markoff, John von Neumann, Kevin Kelly, Kubernetes, Marshall McLuhan, Menlo Park, Mitch Kapor, Mother of all demos, new economy, New Journalism, Norbert Wiener, offshore financial centre, oil shale / tar sands, pattern recognition, RAND corporation, Silicon Valley, Simon Singh, speech recognition, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, Telecommunications Act of 1996, telepresence, The Hackers Conference, Vernor Vinge, Whole Earth Catalog, Whole Earth Review, Y2K, Yom Kippur War, Zimmermann PGP
At academic crypto conferences, rumors were making the rounds that the NSA had already raided the New York Public Library and reclassified documents that used to be public, and that in 1983 they had already removed Friedman’s personal correspondence from public access. An early court case seemed to affirm the government’s right to snatch any given document. “If they could do a black-bag job on everyone who had it,” Gilmore recalled in a café in Haight-Ashbury, “then they could classify anything.”48 By now the anarchists were beginning to understand what the NSA feared. The c-punks had seen that the spooks at Fort Meade could tweak the law and play politics. But the activists also knew the secret agency hated publicity. So Gilmore started calling some of the technology reporters he knew through the cypherpunks list. One of the best-known journalists in San Francisco at the time was John Markoff, from the New York Times.
Stacy Mitchell by Big-Box Swindle The True Cost of Mega-Retailers, the Fight for America's Independent Businesses (2006)
big-box store, business climate, business cycle, clean water, collective bargaining, corporate personhood, European colonialism, Haight Ashbury, income inequality, inventory management, invisible hand, Jane Jacobs, low skilled workers, Maui Hawaii, Menlo Park, new economy, New Urbanism, price discrimination, race to the bottom, Ray Oldenburg, RFID, Ronald Reagan, The Chicago School, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Great Good Place, union organizing, urban planning, women in the workforce, zero-sum game
Concerned about a common pattern in neighborhood business districts, where local entrepreneurs would bring an ailing area back to life only to be driven out by a cascade of chain stores—San Francisco is home to a staggering seventy-ﬁve Starbucks and COMMUNITIES UNCHAINED 217 ﬁfty-ﬁve Walgreens outlets—the board of supervisors (equivalent to a city council) adopted a policy that allows neighborhoods to hold hearings and apply additional scrutiny before approving new formula stores or restaurants. Before, said neighborhood activist Ed Bedard, who proposed the policy, the chains would go to elaborate lengths to set up without people knowing. “The scaƒolding comes down and suddenly there’s a Walgreens,” he explained. The law applies only to neighborhood districts; the downtown and touristy Fisherman’s Wharf are exempt.45 At the request of some neighborhoods, including North Beach and Haight-Ashbury, the city has banned formula businesses entirely from their commercial areas. “Everybody from the merchants organizations to the residents associations loved the individual character of North Beach and wanted to preserve it,” said supervisor Aaron Peskin, who represents the district. “It helps sustain local businesses and keeps the money in the community.” Asked about market interference, Peskin said neighborhoods have the right to shape commercial development: “In the same way a community can determine they don’t want to have casinos or what have you, they can also limit formula businesses.”
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
Albert Einstein, Brownian motion, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Lindbergh, cognitive dissonance, Colonization of Mars, corporate governance, East Village, global village, Haight Ashbury, information retrieval, invention of agriculture, invention of movable type, invention of writing, longitudinal study, Marshall McLuhan, mass immigration, Menlo Park, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, post-industrial society, RAND corporation, social intelligence, the market place, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, urban renewal, Whole Earth Catalog, zero-sum game
It spawned a flock of fledgling subcultural enterprises. TRIBAL TURNOVER Even as this happened, however, the movement began to die. The most passionate LSD advocates of yesterday began to admit that "acid was a bad scene" and various underground newspapers began warning followers against getting too involved with "tripsters." A mock funeral was held in San Francisco to "bury" the hippie subcult, and its favored locations, Haight-Ashbury and the East Village turned into tourist meccas as the original movement writhed and disintegrated, forming new and odder, but smaller and weaker subcults and minitribes. Then, as though to start the process all over again, yet another subcult, the "skinheads," surfaced. Skinheads had their own characteristic outfits—suspenders, boots, short haircuts—and an unsettling predilection for violence.
Track Changes by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum
active measures, Apple II, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, Buckminster Fuller, commoditize, computer age, corporate governance, David Brooks, dematerialisation, Donald Knuth, Douglas Hofstadter, Dynabook, East Village, en.wikipedia.org, feminist movement, forensic accounting, future of work, Google Earth, Gödel, Escher, Bach, Haight Ashbury, HyperCard, Jason Scott: textfiles.com, Joan Didion, John Markoff, John von Neumann, Kickstarter, low earth orbit, mail merge, Marshall McLuhan, Mother of all demos, New Journalism, Norman Mailer, pattern recognition, pink-collar, popular electronics, RAND corporation, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, self-driving car, Shoshana Zuboff, Silicon Valley, social web, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, Ted Nelson, text mining, thinkpad, Turing complete, Vannevar Bush, Whole Earth Catalog, Y2K, Year of Magical Thinking
“One was computers and the other was HIV.”57 The fullest account of Bad Sector’s activities comes to us from the journalist Ben Fong-Torres, also a member, who often wrote for Rolling Stone. In 1985 he contributed an article about the group to Profiles, a handsome, well-appointed organ published by Kaypro itself.58 In some detail Fong-Torres recounts the goings-on at a typical monthly meeting, held in this instance in the living room of Ray Barnes’s Haight-Ashbury apartment and attended by some eighteen people; three of them, he notes, were women, including Tan. “People had questions; invariably, others had answers,” Fong-Torres wrote. “Or at least clues.”59 The origin of the group’s colorful name also soon became manifest: “One person got a ‘bad sector’ message when he formatted a disk. When he tried to find the bad sector, he was greeted with: ‘No bad sector.’
Empire by Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri
Berlin Wall, Bretton Woods, colonial rule, conceptual framework, equal pay for equal work, European colonialism, Fall of the Berlin Wall, feminist movement, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, global pandemic, global village, Haight Ashbury, informal economy, invisible hand, late capitalism, low skilled workers, mass immigration, means of production, Monroe Doctrine, Nelson Mandela, New Urbanism, open borders, post-industrial society, postindustrial economy, Scramble for Africa, social intelligence, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, union organizing, urban planning
From the standpoint of the tradi- tional ‘‘political’’ segments ofthe U.S. movements ofthe 1960s, the various forms of cultural experimentation that blossomed with a vengeance during that period all appeared as a kind ofdistraction from the ‘‘real’’ political and economic struggles, but what they failed to see was that the ‘‘merely cultural’’ experimentation had very profound political and economic effects. ‘‘Dropping out’’ was really a poor conception ofwhat was going on in Haight-Ashbury and across the United States in the 1960s. The two essential operations were the refusal of the disciplin- ary regime and the experimentation with new forms of productivity. The refusal appeared in a wide variety of guises and proliferated in thousands ofdaily practices. It was the college student who experimented with LSD instead oflooking for a job; it was the young woman who refused to get married and make a family; it was the ‘‘shiftless’’ African-American worker who moved on ‘‘CP’’ (colored people’s) time, refusing work in every way possible.23 The youth who refused the deadening repetition of the factory-society invented new forms ofmobility and flexibility, new styles ofliving.
The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug by Bennett Alan Weinberg, Bonnie K. Bealer
British Empire, clean water, easy for humans, difficult for computers, Edmond Halley, Edward Lloyd's coffeehouse, Haight Ashbury, Honoré de Balzac, Isaac Newton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Lao Tzu, placebo effect, spice trade, trade route, traveling salesman
When speaking of drugs, of those expressing a preference, the largest number, 27 percent, cited exercise [sic], and the next largest, 25 percent, cited caffeine as their drug of choice.5 Why should caffeine have topped the long list of recreational drugs once popular with this group? For those of the “flower power” generation, now at the height of maturity, whose tastes were jaded by enveloping euphorics and timber-rattling stimulants, common caffeine has reemerged as the drug of choice. No doubt it was forgotten in the wild drug party that started in Haight-Ashbury in the mid- 1960s and eventually made its way around the world and back. To those who binged on methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, LSD, Quaaludes, or any of a long list of agents used for excitement in the wake of Timothy Leary and acid rock, caffeine did not even rise to the level of notice as a psychoactive substance. After all, it was not only legal and a fixture of the straight, business-driven world, but even the most timid grandmother would take it in her tea.
Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age by Leslie Berlin
AltaVista, Apple II, Asilomar, Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA, beat the dealer, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, Bob Noyce, Byte Shop, Clayton Christensen, cloud computing, computer age, discovery of DNA, don't be evil, Donald Knuth, double helix, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, Edward Thorp, El Camino Real, fear of failure, Fellow of the Royal Society, financial independence, game design, Haight Ashbury, hiring and firing, industrial robot, informal economy, Internet of things, inventory management, John Markoff, Kickstarter, Kitchen Debate, Leonard Kleinrock, manufacturing employment, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, Minecraft, Mother of all demos, packet switching, Ralph Nader, Robert Metcalfe, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Snapchat, software as a service, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, Ted Nelson, union organizing, upwardly mobile, William Shockley: the traitorous eight, women in the workforce
Cohen, still hesitant, said, “There’s a co-inventor on this, Herb Boyer, and he will have to agree as well.”18 He would give Boyer a call, and if his coinventor agreed to patent, Cohen would, too. Herb Boyer, a biochemist at the University of California, San Francisco, was a year younger than Cohen and as ebullient as Cohen was deliberate. “Stan doesn’t tell a lot of jokes,” Boyer once said of his coinventor. “On the other hand, I tell a lot of jokes, and some of them you don’t want to hear about.”19 Boyer had been a regular participant in the antiwar protests in the Haight-Ashbury district just a few blocks from his lab. When he first peered through his microscope and saw evidence that the recombinant DNA process was working, he started to cry.20 Two years earlier, in 1972, Boyer’s lab had isolated an enzyme that could clip apart a strand of DNA.II Once clipped, DNA from another source could be inserted.21 At the time, Boyer had not known if a molecule with its new “recombined” DNA was a lab curiosity, or if, inside a cell, the molecule (or gene(s) in the recombined DNA) would be reproduced intact as the cells divided.
A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America by Bruce Cannon Gibney
1960s counterculture, 2013 Report for America's Infrastructure - American Society of Civil Engineers - 19 March 2013, affirmative action, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, American Society of Civil Engineers: Report Card, Bernie Madoff, Bernie Sanders, Bretton Woods, business cycle, buy and hold, carbon footprint, Charles Lindbergh, cognitive dissonance, collapse of Lehman Brothers, collateralized debt obligation, corporate personhood, Corrections Corporation of America, currency manipulation / currency intervention, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, dark matter, Deng Xiaoping, Donald Trump, Downton Abbey, Edward Snowden, Elon Musk, ending welfare as we know it, equal pay for equal work, failed state, financial deregulation, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, future of work, gender pay gap, gig economy, Haight Ashbury, Home mortgage interest deduction, Hyperloop, illegal immigration, impulse control, income inequality, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), invisible hand, Jane Jacobs, Kitchen Debate, labor-force participation, Long Term Capital Management, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, market bubble, mass immigration, mass incarceration, McMansion, medical bankruptcy, Menlo Park, Mont Pelerin Society, moral hazard, mortgage debt, mortgage tax deduction, neoliberal agenda, Network effects, obamacare, offshore financial centre, oil shock, operation paperclip, plutocrats, Plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, price stability, quantitative easing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, rent control, ride hailing / ride sharing, risk tolerance, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, school choice, secular stagnation, self-driving car, shareholder value, short selling, side project, Silicon Valley, smart grid, Snapchat, source of truth, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Stewart Brand, survivorship bias, TaskRabbit, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Tim Cook: Apple, too big to fail, War on Poverty, white picket fence, Whole Earth Catalog, women in the workforce, Y2K, Yom Kippur War, zero-sum game
By the end, there was no doubt America had helped to create a tremendous mess, so given all the moral outrage and the expressions of solidarity, a sustained movement for reconciliation and rebuilding would have been only natural. It never really came, nor did the once-activist Boomers dust off their protest gear and agitate for such. The closest thing Vietnam got to conciliation came from the Nixon White House, not the Haight-Ashbury, and those negotiations stalled before being rendered moot by the war between Vietnam and Cambodia. The point is not to blame the Boomers for the failure to make amends—older generations bear responsibility—but to use Boomer passivity after the war to illuminate the generation’s true motivations during the protest era.* As the threat of the draft abated, so did the Boomers’ furious energy.
1968: The Year That Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky
anti-communist, Berlin Wall, colonial rule, cuban missile crisis, desegregation, East Village, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, European colonialism, feminist movement, global village, Haight Ashbury, land reform, Marshall McLuhan, Mikhail Gorbachev, MITM: man-in-the-middle, Norman Mailer, post-industrial society, Ronald Reagan, South China Sea
The East Village, a dilapidated section of the Lower East Side, had only recently acquired its name because the once beat Greenwich Village, now the West Village, had become too expensive. The enormously successful Bob Dylan still lived in the West Village. The same thing had happened in San Francisco, where Ferlinghetti remained in the North Beach section that the beats had made too fashionable, while the hippies moved out to the poorer, less central Fillmore and Haight-Ashbury sections. The East Village became so famous for its “hippie” lifestyle that tour buses would stop by the busy shops of St. Mark’s Place—or St. Marx Place, as Abbie Hoffman liked to call it—for tourists to view the hippies. In September 1968, East Village denizens rebelled, organizing their own bus tour to a staid section of Queens, where they questioned people mowing lawns and took photos of people taking photos of them.
Fodor's California 2014 by Fodor's
1960s counterculture, active transport: walking or cycling, affirmative action, Asilomar, Bay Area Rapid Transit, big-box store, California gold rush, car-free, centre right, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, Donner party, Downton Abbey, East Village, El Camino Real, Frank Gehry, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, housing crisis, Kickstarter, Maui Hawaii, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, trade route, transcontinental railway, urban renewal, urban sprawl, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration, young professional
Previous Chapter | Beginning of Chapter | Next Chapter | Table of Contents Previous Chapter | Next Chapter | Table of Contents The People California is as much a state of mind as a state in the union—a kind of perpetual promised land that has represented many things to many people. In the 18th century, Spanish missionaries came seeking converts and gold. In the 19th, miners rushed here to search for gold. And, in the years since, a long line of Dust Bowl farmers, land speculators, Haight-Ashbury hippies, migrant workers, dot-commers, real estate speculators, and would-be actors has come chasing their own dreams. The result is a population that leans toward idealism—without necessarily being as liberal as you might think. (Remember, this is Ronald Reagan’s old stomping ground.) And despite the stereotype of the blue-eyed, blond surfer, California’s population is not homogeneous either.
Like a slide show of San Franciscan history, you can move from the Haight’s residue of 1960s counterculture to the Castro’s connection to 1970s and ’80s gay life to 1990s gentrification in Noe Valley. Although historic events thrust the Haight and the Castro onto the international stage, both are anything but stagnant—they’re still dynamic areas well worth exploring. Previous Map | Next Map | California Maps Exploring the Haight Haight-Ashbury Intersection. On October 6, 1967, hippies took over the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets to proclaim the “Death of Hip.” If they thought hip was dead then, they’d find absolute confirmation of it today, what with the only tie-dye in sight on the famed corner being Ben & Jerry’s storefront. Everyone knows the Summer of Love had something to do with free love and LSD, but the drugs and other excesses of that period have tended to obscure the residents’ serious attempts to create an America that was more spiritually oriented, more environmentally aware, and less caught up in commercialism.
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton
anti-communist, Berlin Wall, British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, centre right, Charles Lindbergh, colonial rule, Colonization of Mars, cosmic microwave background, cuban missile crisis, dark matter, double helix, East Village, Exxon Valdez, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Frank Gehry, germ theory of disease, Golden Gate Park, Google Earth, Haight Ashbury, horn antenna, Ignaz Semmelweis: hand washing, index card, Jacques de Vaucanson, Kowloon Walled City, Louis Pasteur, low cost airline, Mahatma Gandhi, mass immigration, mutually assured destruction, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, phenotype, Pluto: dwarf planet, Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, trade route, transatlantic slave trade, transcontinental railway, Tunguska event, urban sprawl, Vesna Vulović, white picket fence, wikimedia commons, working poor
Musée Mécanique Fisherman’s Wharf · Save up your quarters for the world’s largest privately owned collection of coin-operated arcade machines. California Academy of Sciences Herpetology Department Golden Gate Park · The academy’s 300,000-strong collection of jarred reptile specimens was amassed over 160 years. Viewing is by appointment only. Drawn Stone Golden Gate Park · A huge crack in the ground outside the de Young Museum was put there on purpose by the wry English artist Andy Goldsworthy. Buena Vista Park Tombstones Haight-Ashbury · Broken Gold Rush–era gravestones line the gutters of this park’s paths. Secret Tiled Staircase Inner Sunset · The 163 colorful steps in this staircase form a vibrant mosaic that leads you to a smashing view of the city. Sutro Egyptian Collection Lakeshore · The antiquities housed here include two intact mummies, three mummified heads, and a mummified hand. San Francisco Columbarium Lone Mountain · This beautifully restored neoclassical atrium offers thousands of alcoves for burial urns.
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
affirmative action, Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Ayatollah Khomeini, barriers to entry, Bob Noyce, Bonfire of the Vanities, Brownian motion, capital asset pricing model, card file, centralized clearinghouse, Charles Lindbergh, collateralized debt obligation, computerized trading, corporate governance, corporate raider, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, desegregation, Donald Trump, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, Everybody Ought to Be Rich, global village, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, Honoré de Balzac, If something cannot go on forever, it will stop - Herbert Stein's Law, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, index fund, indoor plumbing, intangible asset, interest rate swap, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, John Meriwether, joint-stock company, joint-stock limited liability company, Long Term Capital Management, Louis Bachelier, margin call, market bubble, Marshall McLuhan, medical malpractice, merger arbitrage, Mikhail Gorbachev, money market fund, moral hazard, NetJets, new economy, New Journalism, North Sea oil, paper trading, passive investing, Paul Samuelson, pets.com, plutocrats, Plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, Ralph Nader, random walk, Ronald Reagan, Scientific racism, shareholder value, short selling, side project, Silicon Valley, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, supply-chain management, telemarketer, The Predators' Ball, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, too big to fail, transcontinental railway, Upton Sinclair, War on Poverty, Works Progress Administration, Y2K, yellow journalism, zero-coupon bond
Susie often took Billy to watch Calvin Keys, a local jazz guitar player—so that Billy could learn technique from him, but also to try to straighten Billy out.3 She faced a daunting task in an era when the drug culture of pot and LSD was ubiquitous and Timothy Leary invited America to “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” The youth-led counterculture was rebelling against all forms of authority, everything for which the prior decades had stood. “This ain’t Eisenhower’s America no more,” said one of the hundred thousand hippies milling about San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury that summer, as if that were explanation enough.4 Warren still lived in Eisenhower’s America. He had never suffered from Beatlemania. He wasn’t singing “Kumbaya” or putting up posters saying that war was unhealthy for children and other living things. His state of consciousness remained unaltered. His mind was deep in rigorous philosophical inquiry, torn between the cigar-butt philosophy of Ben Graham and the “great businesses” of Phil Fisher and Charlie Munger.
Including Buffett’s stock in Data Documents, a separate investment, the Buffetts’ net worth was somewhere between $9.5 and $10 million. 2. Buffett’s description, in Patricia E. Bauer’s “The Convictions of a Long-Distance Investor,” Channels, November 1986, was, “One time we had a dog on the roof, and my son called to him and he jumped. It was so awful—the dog that loves you so much that he jumps off the roof…”—leaving the reader to wonder how the dog got on the roof. 3. Interview with Hallie Smith. 4. “Haight-Ashbury: The Birth of Hip,” CBC Television, March 24, 1968. 5. In 1967, over 2.5 billion shares traded, topping the previous 1966 record by one third. Thomas Mullaney, “Week in Finance: Washington Bullish,” New York Times, December 31, 1967. 6. But insurers looked undervalued and he thought they would get taken over. He bought Home Insurance and Employers Group Associates. 7. Sun Valley Conference, 2001. 8.
Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately
barriers to entry, British Empire, California gold rush, corporate raider, delayed gratification, Deng Xiaoping, Edward Lloyd's coffeehouse, Fellow of the Royal Society, Gordon Gekko, greed is good, Haight Ashbury, Hernando de Soto, imperial preference, invisible hand, joint-stock company, Jones Act, Louis Pasteur, megacity, music of the spheres, Norman Mailer, Peace of Westphalia, post-work, refrigerator car, Ronald Reagan, South Sea Bubble, spice trade, strikebreaker, the scientific method, Tim Cook: Apple, trade route, traveling salesman, Upton Sinclair, V2 rocket, working poor
Marijuana, it is implied, stimulates the brain in places that alcohol seldom reaches. 68 Easy Rider also features an acid trip. LSD was no longer just a drug for schizophrenics and chronic alcoholics—it had been adopted by hippies as the key to the doors of perception. The headquarters of recreational tripping was San Francisco, the western capital of the Beat empire. Its epicenter, where the hippies gathered, was Haight-Ashbury. Their curious dress and strange behavior drew a host of journalists, including Hunter S. Thompson, who noted their indifference to alcohol: “There are no hippy bars, for instance, and only one restaurant above the level of a diner or lunch counter. This is a reflection of the drug culture, which has no use for booze and regards food as a necessity to be acquired at the least possible expense.”
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
Albert Einstein, animal electricity, Asperger Syndrome, assortative mating, crowdsourcing, Douglas Engelbart, en.wikipedia.org, epigenetics, experimental subject, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, hypertext link, IBM and the Holocaust, index card, Isaac Newton, John Markoff, Kickstarter, Larry Wall, megacity, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Mother of all demos, neurotypical, New Journalism, pattern recognition, placebo effect, scientific mainstream, side project, Silicon Valley, Simon Singh, Skype, slashdot, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, the scientific method, twin studies, union organizing, Whole Earth Catalog, women in the workforce, Yom Kippur War
Felsenstein was also fascinated by social critic Ivan Illich’s notion of promoting the use of tools that would facilitate “conviviality”—one of many aspects of social interaction that Felsenstein had always found difficult and confusing. With two fellow programmers named Efrem Lipkin and Mark Szpakowski, he began exploring ways of augmenting the community switchboards that had sprung up in subcultural hot spots like Berkeley and the Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. The biggest practical obstacle to this noble undertaking was finding an affordable computer that was sufficiently powerful to do the job. That problem was solved when a programmer at a bustling commune in San Francisco called Project One wangled the long-term lease of an SDS 940 (retail cost: $300,000) from the Transamerica Corporation. This mighty machine—which was twenty-four feet long and required a fleet of air conditioners to stay cool—already had a storied history.
Frommer's Los Angeles 2010 by Matthew Richard Poole
call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, Charles Lindbergh, clean water, Donald Trump, El Camino Real, Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Bilbao, Haight Ashbury, Joan Didion, Maui Hawaii, Saturday Night Live, sustainable-tourism, upwardly mobile
Hence the whimsical name. You pay a little extra for the pristine condition of hard-to-find garments like unusual embroidered sweaters from the 1940s and 1950s, Joan Crawford–style suits from the 1940s, and vintage lingerie, but it ’s worth every penny. 136 S. La Br ea Ave., Los Angeles. & 323/931-1339. Hollywood Wasteland An enormous steel-sculpted facade fr onts this L.A. branch of the B erkeley/Haight-Ashbury hipster hangout, which sells vintage and contemporar y clothes for men and women. You’ll find leathers and denim as well as some classic vintage but mostly funky 1970s garb . This trendy store is packed with color ful polyester halters and bellbottoms from the decade I’d rather forget. 7248 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. & 323/653-3028. www.thewasteland.com. 9 S H O P P I N G A TO Z Los Angeles Fashion District Reminiscent of the New York garment district, but not quite as frenetic, L.A.’s 90-block Fashion District, bordered by 7th, Spring, and San Pedro streets and the S anta Monica Freeway, has doz ens of small shops selling designer and name-brand apparel at heavily discounted prices.
Pauline Frommer's London: Spend Less, See More by Jason Cochran
Bonfire of the Vanities, Boris Johnson, British Empire, congestion charging, David Attenborough, Etonian, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, Isaac Newton, John Snow's cholera map, Kickstarter, low cost airline, Nelson Mandela, Skype, urban planning
Why more tourists don’t flood Islington is a mystery—and a blessing. Camden Best for: Alternative music, massive street markets and food markets, punks, pubs What you won’t find: Refined company, hotels, upscale restaurants Name a British tune that got under your skin, and chances are it received its first airing in the beer-soaked concert halls of Camden Town. London’s analogue to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury District, it was big in the countercultured ’60s and ’70s, but is now powered mostly by its old reputation. The area’s marginpushing markets, which hawk touristy hokum in the former warehouses and stables serving Regent’s Canal, are so thronged with weekend sightseers that the inadequate Tube station only serves one-way traffic on Sunday afternoons. Watch for pickpockets, mate. Greenwich Best for: Museums, antiques and food markets, river views, strolls, pubs What you won’t find: Hotels, bustle More than any other place near central London, Greenwich, on the south bank across from the Canary Wharf development, retains the vibe of an untouched village; if you can’t get into the countryside to sample England’s little towns, a day trip here (sun is good, for the markets) will more than satisfy.
Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism by Bhu Srinivasan
activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, American ideology, Apple II, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, bank run, barriers to entry, Berlin Wall, blue-collar work, Bob Noyce, Bonfire of the Vanities, British Empire, business cycle, buy and hold, California gold rush, Charles Lindbergh, collective bargaining, commoditize, corporate raider, cuban missile crisis, Deng Xiaoping, diversification, diversified portfolio, Douglas Engelbart, financial innovation, fixed income, Ford paid five dollars a day, global supply chain, Gordon Gekko, Haight Ashbury, hypertext link, income inequality, invisible hand, James Watt: steam engine, Jane Jacobs, Jeff Bezos, John Markoff, joint-stock company, joint-stock limited liability company, Kickstarter, laissez-faire capitalism, Louis Pasteur, Marc Andreessen, Menlo Park, mortgage debt, mutually assured destruction, Norman Mailer, oil rush, peer-to-peer, pets.com, popular electronics, profit motive, race to the bottom, refrigerator car, risk/return, Ronald Reagan, Sand Hill Road, self-driving car, shareholder value, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, strikebreaker, Ted Nelson, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the new new thing, The Predators' Ball, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, trade route, transcontinental railway, traveling salesman, Upton Sinclair, Vannevar Bush, Works Progress Administration, zero-sum game
Perot emerged at the end of the offering with a net worth close to $200 million on paper. Fortune declared him “the fastest richest Texan ever.” Within two years, his paper net worth would top $1.5 billion, making him technology’s first billionaire. The financial enthusiasm of 1968 Wall Street was felt far from Texas and lower Manhattan. Just fifty miles south of both the flower children of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury and the hippies of Berkeley, a valley was being transformed. Here too the people would adopt the language of revolution and disruption, of overthrowing the establishment, but for quite different purposes. The evolution from punch cards to mainframe computers had seen the replacement of mechanical processes with electrons moving through vacuum tubes. The tubes had rapidly given way to the modern marvel of the transistor and the semiconductor.
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins
agricultural Revolution, Alfred Russel Wallace, complexity theory, delayed gratification, double helix, Drosophila, Haight Ashbury, invention of writing, lateral thinking, Louis Pasteur, mass immigration, nuclear winter, out of africa, Peter Singer: altruism, phenotype, Richard Feynman, Ronald Reagan, Spread Networks laid a new fibre optics cable between New York and Chicago, Steven Pinker, the High Line, urban sprawl
He speculates that this is in preparation for sexually mediated food-sharing. Female bonobos pair off to practise so-called GG (genital-genital) rubbing. One female facing another clings with arms and legs to a partner that, standing on both hands and feet, lifts her off the ground. The two females then rub their genital swellings laterally together, emitting grins and squeals that probably reflect orgasmic experiences. The 'Haight-Ashbury' image of free-loving bonobos has led to a piece of wishful thinking among nice people, who perhaps came of age in the 1960s -- or maybe they are of the 'medieval bestiary' school of thought, in which animals exist only to point moral lessons to us. The wishful thinking is that we are more closely related to bonobos than to common chimpanzees. The Margaret Mead in us feels closer to this gentle role-model than to the patriarchal, monkey-butchering chimpanzee.
Coastal California Travel Guide by Lonely Planet
1960s counterculture, Airbnb, airport security, Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Apple II, Asilomar, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, buy and hold, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, flex fuel, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, income inequality, intermodal, Joan Didion, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, low cost airline, Lyft, Mason jar, New Journalism, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South of Market, San Francisco, starchitect, stealth mode startup, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, trade route, transcontinental railway, uber lyft, Upton Sinclair, upwardly mobile, urban sprawl, Wall-E, white picket fence, Whole Earth Catalog, women in the workforce, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional, Zipcar
San Francisco General Hopsital (Zuckerberg San Franciso General Hospital and Trauma Center; GOOGLE MAP ; %emergency 415-206-8111, main hospital 415-206-8000; www.sfdph.org; 1001 Potrero Ave; h24hr; g9, 10, 33, 48) Best for serious trauma. Provides care to uninsured patients, including psychiatric care; no documentation required beyond ID. University of California San Francisco Medical Center ( GOOGLE MAP ; %415-476-1000; www.ucsfhealth.org; 505 Parnassus Ave; h24hr; g6, 7, 43, mN) ER at leading university hospital. Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic (HealthRIGHT 360; GOOGLE MAP ; %415-746-1950; www.healthright360.org; 558 Clayton St; hby appointment 8:45am-noon & 1-5pm; g6, 7, 33, 37, 43, mN) Provides substance abuse and mental health services by appointment. San Francisco City Clinic ( GOOGLE MAP ; %415-487-5500; www.sfcityclinic.org; 356 7th St; h8am-4pm Mon, Wed & Fri, 1-6pm Tue, 1-4pm Thu) Low-cost treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including emergency contraception and post-exposure prevention (PEP) for HIV.
USA Travel Guide by Lonely, Planet
1960s counterculture, active transport: walking or cycling, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Albert Einstein, Asilomar, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, big-box store, bike sharing scheme, Bretton Woods, British Empire, Burning Man, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, centre right, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, cuban missile crisis, desegregation, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, edge city, El Camino Real, Fall of the Berlin Wall, feminist movement, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, global village, Golden Gate Park, Guggenheim Bilbao, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, Hernando de Soto, Howard Zinn, illegal immigration, immigration reform, information trail, interchangeable parts, intermodal, jitney, Kickstarter, license plate recognition, Mars Rover, Mason jar, mass immigration, Maui Hawaii, McMansion, Menlo Park, Monroe Doctrine, new economy, New Urbanism, obamacare, off grid, Ralph Nader, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RFID, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, starchitect, stealth mode startup, stem cell, supervolcano, the built environment, The Chicago School, the High Line, the payments system, trade route, transcontinental railway, union organizing, Upton Sinclair, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, walkable city, white flight, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional, Zipcar
Lexington Club LESBIAN Offline map Google map ( 415-863-2052; 3464 19th St; 3pm-2am) The baddest lesbian bar in the West, with pool, pinball and grrrrls galore. Cafe Flore CAFE Offline map Google map ( 415-621-8579; http://cafeflore.com; 2298 Market St; mains $8-11; 7am-2am; ) Coffee, wi-fi and hot beefy dishes – and the burgers aren’t bad either. THE HAIGHT Better known as the hazy hot spot of the Summer of Love, the Haight has hung onto its tie-dyes, ideals and certain habits – hence the Bound Together Anarchist Book Collective, the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic and high density of medical marijuana dispensaries (sorry, dude: prescription required). Fanciful ‘Painted Lady’ Victorian houses surround Alamo Square Park Offline map Google map (Hayes & Scott Sts) and the corner of Haight and Ashbury Sts, where Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead crashed during the Haight’s hippie heyday. JAPANTOWN & PACIFIC HEIGHTS Atop every Japantown sushi counter perches a maneki neko, the porcelain cat with one paw raised in permanent welcome: this is your cue to unwind with shiatsu massages at Kabuki Hot Springs, eco-entertainment and non-GMO popcorn at Sundance Kabuki Cinema, world-class jazz at Yoshi’s or mind-blowing rock at the Fillmore.
Green Apple BOOKS ( 415-387-2272; www.greenapplebooks.com; 506 Clement St; 10am-10:30pm Sun-Thu, to 11:30pm Fri & Sat) Three stories of new releases, remaindered titles and used nonfiction; mags, music and used novels two doors down. Information Emergency & Medical Services American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine ( 415-282-9603; www.actcm.edu; 450 Connecticut St; 8:30am-9pm Mon-Thu, 9am-5:30pm Fri & Sat) Acupuncture and herbal remedies. Haight Ashbury Free Clinic ( 415-746-1950; www.hafci.org; 558 Clayton St) Free doctor visits by appointment; substance abuse and mental health services. Pharmaca ( 415-661-1216; www.pharmaca.com; 925 Cole St; 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, from 9am Sat & Sun) Pharmacy and naturopathic remedies. Police, fire & ambulance ( 911) San Francisco General Hospital ( emergency room 415-206-8111, main 415-206-8000; www.sfdph.org; 1001 Potrero Ave) Open 24 hours.
1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die, Updated Ed. by Patricia Schultz
Albert Einstein, Alfred Russel Wallace, American Society of Civil Engineers: Report Card, Bretton Woods, Burning Man, California gold rush, car-free, Charles Lindbergh, Columbine, Donald Trump, East Village, El Camino Real, estate planning, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Guggenheim Bilbao, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, indoor plumbing, interchangeable parts, Mars Rover, Mason jar, Maui Hawaii, Mikhail Gorbachev, Murano, Venice glass, Nelson Mandela, new economy, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, out of africa, Pepto Bismol, place-making, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Saturday Night Live, sexual politics, South of Market, San Francisco, The Chicago School, transcontinental railway, traveling salesman, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, wage slave, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration, Yogi Berra, éminence grise
The marble-floored lobby and other public areas mix clean modern lines and classic parlor style. The spacious guest rooms and suites follow the same aesthetic, with a quiet, restrained elegance. Some rooms offer views of the city skyline, with its 1,815-foot Canadian National (CN) Tower, the world’s tallest freestanding structure. The Four Seasons is in the Yorkville neighborhood, northwest of the city’s modern business district. Once an independent village and later the Haight-Ashbury of the North, Yorkville is now the gentrified home of all things Toronto-chic. The Four Seasons’ main restaurant, Studio Cafe, is a dining institution. Overseen by chef Claudio Rossi, the menu focuses on Italian and Mediterranean dishes made from top-shelf ingredients. The hotel’s La Serre Lounge is Toronto’s number one power bar, where high-end business schmoozing goes well with the Cuban cigars and single-malt scotch.