RARA-AVIS: San Francisco

From: Rob Preston ( rpreston@juniper.net)
Date: 02 Oct 2001

Having lived in the Bay Area for 10 years (in the suburbs, Fremont), San Francisco is basically just known as "The City". If you say that, everyone knows what you are talking about, there is no other City, and no possibility of their being another one to bay area inhabitants. If you say "San Fran" and you sound like a dork. "South City" is term I heard a lot in the past as South San Francisco is basically a totally different place. I've been to a lot of cities but I have never encountered a place like S.F. It is really a very small place geographically with a very diverse culture.Hammety's and the Maltese Falcon atmosphere just add to my image of this place.


> Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 00:40:22 -0500
> From: "M Blumenthal" < blumenidiot@21stcentury.net>
> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Theme of the month - San Francisco
> We are moving a little north this month. I was thinking about books
> about the two cities. Except for books with the LAPD being an important
> element, books about LA rarely seem to be about an urban area. Chandler
> Ross MacDonald wrote about southern California but mainly their favorite
> suburb. Most books set in San Francisco seems to have the gritty feel of
> the city. I am always struck by Bogart in John Houston's version of The
> Maltese Falcon when he is mailing the package holding the falcon Captain
> Jacoby gave his life to deliver. All Bogart writes is his address and
> There is no possibility of there being any other city.
> I have to confess the only time I ever was in San Francisco was when I was
> picked up at the airport, driven
> driven through it to Berkely and then driven back a few days later. My
> of the city has been formed by movies like Bullitt and the Dirty Harry
> series. I have also read Hamett, but that's a view of a city two
> past. Greenleaf's Tanner and Prozini's Nameless have written many books
> in the city, but they are marginally hb. Joe Gores' DKA series which are
> almost PI procedurals have their foundation in his having worked for
> years as a private investigator/skip tracer. . He has written a lot of
> alones as well. They are often set in San Francisco such as HAMMETT and
> INTERFACE. I guess we can discuss Hammett's San Francisco of the late
> and the 30's or these modern writers.
> Anyone who lives in the city or knows its relevance to hb fiction is
> to contribute.
> Mark

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