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The genius loci of San Francisco’s Little Italy: food at the heart of it

San Francisco’s genius loci might be called “tolerance, innovation, and testing the limits”, the product of a unique combination of conditions from the early days of the city’s lightning fast growth in connection with the Gold Rush. These include San Francisco’s remoteness from the rest of the world at the time of its initial development, the […]

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Posted in: Cultural, Historic | Tagged with: culture, Italian-American, san francisco.

Irrational Exuberance and the Joys of the City

On a recent perfectly sunny, crisp fall afternoon in San Francisco, I joined an expedition of 15 fellow travelers at City Lights Books for a most unusual walking tour.  The event was one of many others in the Carnivale Pataphysique, a “divergent inquiry exploring the anomalous antinomial syzygy of the clinamen of Pataphysics.” Or,  less […]

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Posted in: Cultural, News | Tagged with: City Lights, Dada.

The “Be Here Now” of Travel

When I was 16 years old, I read “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass, a book that was then all the rage in certain circles.   An impressionable adolescent, its message touched me deeply.  For all the additional study and sophisticated scholarship I have pursued since that time, the core message of “Be Here Now” framed […]

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Posted in: News | Tagged with: guide, travel, yoga.
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