Tag Archives: City Lights Books

Interview with Charles Plymell by Julien Poirier

Charles Plymell’s “Apocalypse Rose” is one of the great poems of the 1960s, and his novel-memoir Last of the Moccasins is a masterpiece. First published by City Lights in 1971, Moccasins charts the poet’s rural Kansas childhood, his early hipster … Continue reading

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Joanne Kyger (1934-2017)

Yesterday we were shocked and saddened to receive news of the death of City Lights author and legendary Beat Generation/San Francisco Renaissance poet Joanne Kyger. Joanne’s death leaves a massive void in American poetry generally and in the Bay Area … Continue reading

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Tim Wise’s Under the Affluence and Fighting the Culture of Cruelty

“As much as we might hope such vitriol would find little fertile ground in which to take root, the evidence suggests hostility to the poor is easily internalized in a culture where such contempt is so common.” Tim Wise is … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Ry Cooder’s Los Angeles Stories

Ry Cooder might be most known for his work as a musician, and a rather prolific one at that. He was a session guitarist on two legendary Rolling Stones albums Let it Bleed and Sticky Fingers. The slide guitar on “Sister Morphine”? – … Continue reading

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5 Questions with Gerald Nicosia

Welcome back to 5 Questions, our quasi-weekly querying of authors who visit City Lights Bookstore, whether it be a reading, discussion, or performance. This Tuesday, October 28th, Gerald Nicosia will be here to read from his new book of poems, … Continue reading

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Michael McClure’s Ghost Tantras

On Monday, October 20th Beat poet Michael McClure celebrated his 82nd birthday. Happy Birthday and thank you for a truly expansive body of work! In the first edition of Ghost Tantras, published in 1964, Michael McClure introduces the collection with … Continue reading

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The Scale of Maps by Belén Gopegui

Madrid based author Belén Gopegui‘s first novel The Scale of Maps was released in translation by City Lights in 2011 and has since been compared to the likes of Cervantes, Nabokov, and Borges. Recently a new wonderful review written by John … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Freedom by Angela Davis

Born in Birmingham, Alabama (referred to as the Johannesburg of the South) in 1944, Angela Davis experienced life on the front lines of the American Civil Rights Movement. A one-time member of the Communist Party and associated with the Black … Continue reading

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Allen Ginsberg on Henri Michaux

In September of 1967 the first and only issue of Interim Pad was released by City Lights and sold for just a dollar. The journal was a collection of essays and poems edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and printed on yellow … Continue reading

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