Author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore sat in Ferlinghetti’s office at City Lights to answer the question: What is the legacy of City Lights? Watch above and g’head and respond in the comments section.
Described as “a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda” by the Austin Chronicle and one of “50 Visionaries Changing Your World” by Utne Reader, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly and Pulling Taffy, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies, most recently Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, winner of an ALA Stonewall Book Award. Her newest book The End of San Francisco was published in April 2013 by City Lights. Sycamore is also the editor of Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. She writes regularly for a variety of publications, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bitch, Bookslut, Alternet, and Time Out New York, and is the reviews editor at the feminist magazine Make/shift. She lives in Seattle, WA.