Sunday, July 27, 2008
San Fran, in general
As I said, San Francisco is great. I mean, the Yelp headquarters is there, they're representing hardcore with a serious Little Italy district (where I had an awesome eggplant parmigiana sandwich), and it's just full of art, books and positive energy. This trip I visited the Mission district, which has a lot of interesting people, stores, vibrant murals and great Mexican food.
At 826 Valencia in the Mission, Dave Eggers, the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,has a Pirate Store. It's a brother of The Super Hero Supply Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to selling pirate supplies like mirrors with mustaches glued on, so you can see yourself as a pirate, boxes for severed ears, lard, and a collection of other pirate paraphernalia, the store runs writing workshops for kids. Eggers himself teaches one on Tuesday nights and all the students' work is available to purchase in the store. I also bought an awesome literary map of San Francisco. I'll take a whole other post to elaborate on that. For now, here are some general pictures of the city, the Mission and the pirate store. Arrr (like with a pirate voice).