For now, today's news is this: LIT CRAWL! It's the day I've been waiting for, with absurd, over-the-top anticipation.
If you’ve never been to Lit Crawl before, let me set the stage: It’s the final night of Litquake, the 10-day festival of literary events throughout the Bay Area. That means that everyone who’s been getting their word junkie fill throughout the week comes out for a last hurrah, and everyone who’s been dragging their feet and missing it all shows up, so later they can say they didn’t miss a thing.
Because there’s so much to see here. The night crawls to life as the sun is setting in the Mission District of San Francisco. Over three phases in three hours, three hundred authors gather to share their words. And people come to hear them, filling up bars and bookstores and cafes and laundromats, and anywhere else they can fit to hear the poetry, the fiction, the memoirs, the spiritual tales and more. They come from up the street and across the Bay and across the country and from all over the world for a taste of what they’re serving in the Mission tonight. The energy shifts as the night goes on, as people get high from words and maybe a little drunk from beer, and the crowds get louder so the readers do too, and just when you think you might go dizzy if you dare to drink one more well-brewed poem, the night ends and you’re left to let it all sit in your belly until this time next year.
Okay. So I’m a little excited. I was excited this time last year too, but this is my first time reading so that adds a whole new element. I’m trying to play it cool, though, so don’t tell anyone how giddy I am. See you out there…
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