"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)