Top of the world, ma


Aleta Hayes said I’m a “flaneur”.

Happy holidays to Aleta (the dancer and actor and leader, of Stanford).

Today I happen to be in San Francisco for a minute, at the Potrero Hills library, built in 2010.  I returned three items, from the North Beach branch: a book on the Beats; a Deerhoof cd; a comic book drawing POTUS in the style of various comic book characters.

I had to cross the 20th street overpass to get here, from where my car is parked on 3rd. I admit I prayed for lack of earthquake while traverssing said bridge.

An oddity, from a few scenes ago: how does 16th street intersect 4th street? Is that “new math”?

From the large windows of this library, I see at least 38 buildings of the skyline, plus one bridge, or parts of a bridge. I still think it odd — as odd as 16/4 streets — that “the dick building” displaces The Pyramid. I see The Marriot, 505 Mongomery — unless that’s California Street i.e. Gianini Building — the tip of Transamerica Pyramid which is Columbus and Mongomery or so; a couple other newby giants; St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church — here on Potrero Hill, foreground; maybe the famous leaning tower of condos; 280; who knows what else. I should insert the actual distance to Salesforce building here. TK.

The non-fiction shelf here had George Packer “The Unwinding” next to Hunter S. Thompson “The Great Shark Hunt”.

“Top of the world, Ma” –my headline — comes from a Jimmy Cagney movie I saw recently at Stanford Theatre.

b/w earlier today I returned very late “Das Boot” about Germany’s leading cobbler.  In the FOTL section there was for only $2 a copy of “Herbie: The Love Bug” with a The Donnas song, a cover of BTO “Roll on Down the Road” which was BTO’s second biggest hit next to its #1 smash “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”. Peak: 1, Us Billboard 100; 98 year end chart). TKOB was #12/63 in 1973; Let It Ride: 23; RODTH: 14/133;

and: i’m kind of a literary flaneur: Flânerie is the act of strolling, with all of its accompanying associations. A near-synonym is boulevardier. I yanked a Joel Selvin collection of rock journalism and opened it to an article I read in real time about Sugar Pie Desanto losing her home to a fire; I was just at Down Home Music in El Cerrito and thought for a minute to look for a Sugar Pie DeSanto set.

How many days until my memoir class  (with Lynn Stegner)?


It’s from White Heat:




About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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