Welcome to the City Lights Blog!

Whew, yes, we’re here, we finally made it!!

It’s true, we’re arriving kind of late to the big, fab blog party. Well, maybe we spent a little too much time gazing at the invite, but it was so much fun just to think about all the folks who’d be there…. And then it took a while to figure out what to bring for the potluck, since we heard about what some other folks were bringing and we knew we couldn’t just show up with a bag of chips or something…. And then, of course there was the usual conundrum of what to wear, you know that always takes a while…. So yeah, we’re late to the party. But now that we’re here, we’re thinking maybe that’s just fine, after all?

I mean, maybe it’s good to show up after things have already settled into a groove, when everyone’s already hugged their old friends and gotten introduced to some new faces, folks have already had a couple of drinks and a bunch of over-stimulated party conversation, and now the room is packed and buzzing, and someone has turned the music up for dancing while a few people are trying to squeeze their way back for round two at the food table as latecomers continue to arrive with yummy new offerings, and really, now that we’re finally here, we’re thinking that maybe after all this is just right indeed, since what could be better than slipping into the warm, easy welcome of a party in progress?

Well, I’m really so glad we made it at last! Really glad you’re here, too, and I hope you’re planning to stick around for a while? As for what’s new, what’s been happening, what plans for the future, well, that’s a whole lot to get started talking about so quickly, I mean, we just got here, and we’d have to find a quiet place to sit down a while. Maybe we can just dive right in with some bits and pieces, anecdotes and sketches and that sort of thing? I mean, you’ll get the idea, won’t you? C’mon, let’s make our way across the room, I could use a glass of something, and if you’re still with me by the time we get there, I promise I’ll make better sentences later on if you still want to hear ’em. But hey, let’s dance while the music is playing. It’s so nice to be here with all of our friends! Though of course I don’t know everyone here, but they’re all friends of friends, and that’s always a good place to start, don’t you think, and anyway it’s like Lawrence Ferlinghetti says, “Fuck Art, Let’s Dance!” So let’s go!


Elaine Katzenberger is the Director and Publisher of City Lights Books

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  1. Larry Bensky says:

    It would be great to have Susan Daitch contribute to your compilation of words. I picked up, at random, her “Paper Conspiracies,” which you published, during one of my all too infrequent visits to City Lights Books on New Year’s Day (one celebrates as one can). I started reading it during one of my all too infrequent visits to Vesuvio’s across the alley, and stuck with it, in deep appreciation and admiration, until it, unfortunately, ended.

  2. I’m so excited about this new blog! Can’t wait to see what’s in store….

  3. CZHA says:

    “Fuck Art, Let’s Dance!” and Philip Huang’s crabbed prose. What a great start!

  4. Pete Verral says:

    Kudos on launching the blog! Look forward to timely info on all things literary along with a rich mix of robust and spirited dialog.

  5. Daniel DiPierro says:

    good thinking is good…a great place to share thinking and learning

  6. Barbara McNeill says:

    Love the City Lights Blog -Abandon All Despair. Yes!

  7. anders says:

    Great Elaine, let’s dance!
    But fuck crabs. That was an uninteresting take off.
    Long light for city lights.

  8. Katherine C. James says:

    Welcome, fabulous City Lights bookstore, to the blogosphere. The cool folks always show up late and make an entrance. I’m looking forward to scintillating words on books, authors, events, and politics.

  9. Ryan Obdens says:

    Good stuff on the blog! This is coming from Centralville, Lowell, MA. The lovely hometown of Jack and I. Love Love Love!

  10. Jean says:

    Well now, you’re the party I’ve been waiting for.
    And someone with crabs – awesome!

  11. alessandra r says:

    I think it’s a great start 🙂
    I wish you good life!
    Thanks for all.


  12. Tom Oaks says:

    Greatest Blog Ever! Well worth the wait while you got your party wardrobe sorted. You look fabulous.