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  •  I met Ferlinghetti (8+ / 0-)

    I paid a visit to City Lights the last time I was in SF. As I was touring the place, I saw an elderly gentleman coming down from a ladder. As luck would have it, I had seen the film "The Last Waltz" a few days earlier, and there's a scene in this film where Ferlinghetti was reading a poem. So, I was able to recognize him.

    So, there were a couple of books by Kerouac on the shelf that I hadn't read already, and I asked him to recommend one of them. He recommended Good Blonde and Others, and I bought it. (Also bought a City Lights sweat shirt and a biography of Woody Guthrie.) Told him I was from Vancouver, and we chatted about that and some other subjects.

    A few years later, I saw the  Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman film Howl, and there's something cool about seeing a real person you've met being portrayed by an actor in a drama.

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