Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

Cool Gray City of Love Views of San Francisco Cool Gray City of Love brings together an exuberant combination of personal insight deeply researched history in depth reporting and lyrical prose to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francis

  • Title: Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco
  • Author: Gary Kamiya
  • ISBN: 9781608199600
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cool, Gray City of Love brings together an exuberant combination of personal insight, deeply researched history, in depth reporting, and lyrical prose to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at LanCool, Gray City of Love brings together an exuberant combination of personal insight, deeply researched history, in depth reporting, and lyrical prose to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Land s End.This unique approach captures the exhilarating experience of walking through San Francisco s sublime terrain, while at the same time tying that experience to a history as rollicking and unpredictable as the city herself From her absurd beginnings as the most distant and moth eaten outpost of the world s most extensive empire, to her instantaneous fame during the Gold Rush, from her apocalyptic destruction by earthquake and fire to her perennial embrace of rebels, dreamers, hedonists and misfits of all stripes, the City by the Bay has always followed a trajectory as wildly independent as the untrammeled natural forces that created her.This ambitious, eclectic, and beautifully written book draws on everything from on the ground reporting to obscure academic papers to the author s 40 year life in San Francisco to create a rich and insightful portrait of a magical corner of the world Complete with hand drawn maps ofthe 49locations, this handsome package will sit comfortably on the short shelf of enduring books about places, alongside E B White s Here is New York, Jose Saramago s Journey to Portugal, or Alfred Kazin s A Walker in the City.

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    1. Living in a city can be done in two ways; first, you can merely co-habitate with it. Sure, the city is part of your address and you can find the nearest grocery store, but that's about it. The other way? You don't just live in a city — you live in that city's community. Which way do you live in your city?From the very first pages, Kamiya's love for the community of San Francisco sets the tone. San Francisco isn't just where he lives, it's an important part of who he is. As described in the int [...]

    2. I probably wouldn't have loved this book as much if I hadn't picked it up shortly before leaving on a trip to San Francisco. I didn't finish it before going, and only saw a fraction of the sites discussed. But the book gives such a wonderful view of the city - its neighborhoods, its history, even its geology - that I feel I now know it much better than I do.The other thing that appealed to me so much was the author's literary bent. As a reformed English Lit snob, I'm all over this book's structu [...]

    3. Five stars if you love SFThis guy is a kindred spirit! I related to a LOT of this book, esp. secret stair ways, the mania for covering every square inch of the city, the appreciations of its myriad beautiful spots and romantic infatuation w/ the city as a whole. He has the cojones to claim Land's End is the best urban walk in the world. I call it 2nd best in SF! (First is Philosopher's Way in McClaran. But agree Land's End is sublime)illustration from sf cool gray city of love, chapter 27. kamiy [...]

    4. Anybody who has talked to me about books in the last few weeks has heard me rave about "Cool Gray City of Love." This book has everything I've wanted from a San Francisco book in the last year. It's chock full of fascinating historical tidbits. It's also a veritable walking tour of the city. In fact, that's Kamiya's main conceit here. He set out to walk the whole city and write about his experience. Mission accomplished!I try to avoid marring my books, but I couldn't resist dog-earring this one [...]

    5. Wonderful. This book could only have been written by someone who has had a lifelong love of the place, enough to research in depth its geological and human pasts, and write about it so eloquently. Myself, I lived in the City for 10 years, during which time I walked many of its streets, appreciating the variations in architecture and mood provided by each neighborhood. Kamiya's chapter on the two earthquakes (1906 and 1989) was beautifully handled - everyone who was there has their own story (I w [...]

    6. I could not put this book down yet it took me “forever” to read. Sound counterintuitive? Read on to see why.First, I must disclose that I love this cool gray city so I am naturally biased about Cool Gray City of Love.As soon as I saw the title I knew it was going to be about San Francisco. Then I saw it was, appropriately, 49 stories (views) by Gary Kamiya, co-founder of Salon.That sealed the deal for me – it was a must read.Second, I really enjoy history and particular history of great ci [...]

    7. I learned a lot from this book, but I definitely did not love it. Here's why:1. Gary Kamiya relies too heavily on external, unrelated references to describe atmosphere. I feel I missed much of the mood of the book because of this.2. Kamiya is good at the overarching, big-picture world view insightful conclusions we learned to do after every essay in high school. They're really beautiful individually, but as he does this at the conclusion of every one of his 49 chapters, it gets to be too much.3. [...]

    8. A lovely valentine to the City, from the natural grandeur and isolation of the Farallones to the artifice of George's Log Cabin, which straddled the County line and was thus able to serve alcohol after 2:00AM, on the Burlingame side of the establishment. Kamiya explores the City's geography, nature, climates, prehistory, history, and current social issues, all in an intensely personal voice. This book feels like what Peter Ackroyd has been doing with his series of histories of an infinitely vast [...]

    9. After 24 years of living in SF, I am still smitten with the city, so its great to read a book by someone who is equally smitten, especially by someone from the Bay Area. There is lots of history that I either didn't know, had forgotten or had heard a different angle on. Lots of us could write 49 chapters on SF - kudos to Gary Kamiya who actually did it.

    10. I didn’t know it was possible to love San Francisco more than I already did. When I read Gary Kamiya's Cool Gray City of Love I fell in love with this enchanting city even more. This is a real treat of a book. His writing teases you to engulf every last word in one sitting, yet, to do so would be to cheat yourself of its literary excellence. His prose is lyrical and playful, honest and yet mildly mysterious—you can only imagine what he will say or where he will go next. Cool Gray City of Lov [...]

    11. To paraphrase a clever criticism, As a writer, Gary would make a good cab driver.I knew in the first paragraph that I couldn't read this book. The third sentence had six modifiers, as did the fourth. The fifth had ten! Michael Krasny's jacket blurb comparing him to Herb Caen is the finest example of the art of the blurb!Following the classic creative writing directive to write what you know, Kamiya did that and the result seems mixed. I read 6 chapters. Some I found interesting. I liked The Haun [...]

    12. The first problem I had with this book was that its title/sub combination caused me to keep referring to it as "50 Shades of Gray" (). The second problem was the writing, which suffers from a bad case of unnecessary analogies: Kamiya will spend several paragraphs transporting you into the Pleistocene and then abruptly snap you out of it by comparing something to a Midwestern bowling ally on a Saturday night. It's kind of annoying. And for my taste the attempts at one neat little conclusion per c [...]

    13. I bought this book a couple days before I left San Francisco two weeks ago, but I wish I had read it beforehand. This is a marvelous introduction to the city, written by a journalist who has some good chops for telling history and discussing everything from politics to history to geology and beyond. If you're planning a trip to San Fran anytime soon, pick this up as an unusual guidebook. I know I'll be returning to SF some day with this book in tow.

    14. Not a lot of new material here for serious students of SF history, but Kamiya's personal insights and thorough exploration of the city are worthwhile. This would be a fine introduction to the span and depth of local history; his bibliography is quite good, and will be influencing my own reading list for quite a while! An excellent companion piece to his erstwhile colleague's "Season of the With."

    15. I've been reading this book off and on for a few months, mostly on BART rides. Each chapter is essentially a standalone essay about a corner of San Francisco, which makes for ideal subway reading. The topics of the chapters and the history they cover are wide-ranging, from an overview of the Pleistocene forces that shaped the landscape to an ode to a specific neighborhood Kamiya once lived in. I've learned a lot of very interesting tidbits about San Francisco (and not only - Kamiya is clearly ve [...]

    16. This book took me about 6 weeks to read, which for me, is a VERY long time but I did not drag this book out because I found it dull, it is just that it lends itself perfectly to being read along with another book, because the book is split up into 49 short chapters. The subtitle of the book is "49 views of San Francisco" and so the author has dedicated a short chapter to a small section of San Francisco. He then delves into the history of each area he is discussing, going back sometimes several [...]

    17. In the closing paragraph Kamiya writes "I have spent much of my life exploring San Francisco. But perhaps it is better not to see everything." It sums up what he set out to achieve in this book, it is a highly personal and intimate portrait of his city from his perspective. He covers every inch of the city and its neighborhoods, but the stories he tells are selective, they are his personal reflections and memories and what he regards as important. It is a wonderful book, an allegory of memory an [...]

    18. Bay Area native and former cab driver Gary Kamiya speaks early on about 'doing the knowledge,' or the driver's requirement of knowing a city inside and out. He's taken a lifetime of living and curiosity and turned it into a book whose prose is as big and sparkling as the city itself. But this isn't the San Francisco most people (including the locals) know; it's a micro and macro analysis, highly affectionate and jawdroppingly examined in terms of history (including prehistory), geology and socio [...]

    19. For a native San Franciscan such as myself, pure delight. Gary Kamiya wanders through the City starting about 12,000 years ago when mastodons and sabre tooths were scrimmaging on the sand dunes, on through the native Americans and the Spanish Presidio, the Californio ranchos and the Sidney Ducks, blue collar WWII San Francisco, Beatnik San Francisco, Hippie San Francisco, the Castro during the AIDS epidemic, the earthquakes ('08 and '89) -- just a delight of a read in all its immensity.

    20. Definitely picked up some interesting tidbits about SF. I guess that I just wasn't i the mood for such decidedly male perspective on the city.

    21. A love letter to San Francisco with some history, geology, and factoids mixed in. Fun to learn more about the places I go to regularly and also made me curious to explore more.

    22. I could have given this a five-star review just because of the fun and adventure it gave me, but the writing isn't perfect in this. Basically this book inspired my SF neighborhood project a few years back and I finally got around to reading this book by Gary Kamiya. Basically it's 49 places in SF with some kind of history behind them, whether it's in Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, in the Financial District, the Mission, Noe Valley, Outside Lands, the inner Sunset or even the Farallon Islands. So w [...]

    23. I picked this up at Green Apple and flipped through it, expecting a fair amount of San Francisco schlock but saw a few things I didn't know so I bought it. Having just finished it, I am inclined to agree with the reviewers on the sleeve who claim Gary knows more about San Francisco than just about anybody. This is a very expansive bookwhile remaining within the city limits, that is. I particularly enjoyed the sections on the less well-known corners of the city, and his got the street cred to wri [...]

    24. Gary Kamiya *gets* San Francisco. He has the kind of background you'd want in a writer writing about the city: he was a teen in the psychedelic era a founder of Salon in the dot-com days; he drove cab and set himself the years'-long task of methodically walking most of the city's streets. There's personal, historical, and regional history, and also detailed descriptions of specific walks, a psychogeographical approach that reminded me of Iain Sinclair's 'American Smoke'. I'd wondered how the ver [...]

    25. I've been reading this portrait of San Francisco in 49 essays off and on for a year or so. Kamiya is a nostalgic and gushy sentimentalist, but his genuine love for SF shines through the hyperbole. A former SF cab-driver and co-founder of salon, Kamiya decided to do a London-style "Knowledge" of SF, hiking virtually every street and corridor in the 7x7. Plus, he seems to have read almost every local history he could get his hands on. He definitely knows his stuff. The result is a charming combina [...]

    26. I picked-up this book excited to read about the hidden stories from the city I live in, and do love quite a bit.After the first chapter, I found the cloying prose to be excessive, but maybe something to be forgiven for someone who shares my love for these hills. Then I got to the chapter on the Tenderloin, "a protected urban wildlife zone," damn, this book really turned sharply. Did not expect this racist garbage. Normally after a book, I'll pass it along to a little library. This book, I'm drop [...]

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