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Posts published by “Herb Caen”

The Season of the Witch

No, I don't know what it means. “The season of the witch” — neatly printed in white chalk on the wall opposite Fifth at Market.…

A Bus Named Further (1976)

I was lounging at the corner of Fifth and Mish', minding anybody's business, when along came Ken Kesey, the successful author ('One Flew Over the…

Comic Opera: The Splendid Anachronism

“If you don't like opera, why do you go?” People have been asking me this over the years because of this tendency I have to…

This Is San Francisco (1951)

A thousand miles of trolley wires, five thousand miles of telephone cables, ten thousand miles of neon tubing, four hundred thousand telephones, eight hundred thousand…

Small Thoughts At Large (June 27, 1967)

A distinguished magazine asked me to write about San Francisco's irresistible attraction for hippies and beatniks. I declined the offer for two middling good reasons.…

Three Cheers For Us

Fourth of July. The very words sizzle like a hot dog on a griddle, and as long as you’re up, I’ll have one, easy on…

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