“There’s always hope in love. Love and hate are viruses. Love can make a civilization bloom and hate can kill a civilization” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti is ninety-six years old today. Many happy returns of the day, Lawrence!
The quote comes from a revealing profile from San Francisco news station, KQED (including a must-see video portrait by Adam Grossberg – Ferlinghetti bemoans what’s happened to his home-town, San Francisco – and all over!)
“With Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s last breath, San Francisco will become a different city” ( San Francisco – A Map of Perceptions – Andrea Ponsi).
Previous Ferlinghetti birthday posts on the Allen Ginsberg Project, here, here, here and here
Currently up at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art – Legends of the Bay Area – Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The show will be up until April 5th
Ferlinghetti’s next book, Writing Across The Landscape – Travel Journals (1950-2013) (edited by Giada Diano and Matthew Gleeson), will be coming out this Fall (due out from Liveright in September)
and, prior to that, (in June, from City Lights) – I Greet You At The Beginning of A Great Career – The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg (1955-1997) (edited by Bill Morgan).