GARY KAMIYA / Cool Gray City of Love -- Launch Party!
Most of us have periods of romance with the cities where we live. For Gary Kamiya, life-long San Francisco Bay Area resident -- and co-founder of Salon -- the romance has never died. As a tribute to that romance he’s penned a kaleidoscopic love letter to the city in Cool Grey City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, which combines the deep knowledge of an old-timer with the wide-eyed curiosity of a newcomer.
Cool Gray City of Love brings together personal insight, deeply researched history, colorful reporting, and vivid description to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco. Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Land’s End to vacant lots and obscure corners.
This unique approach captures the exhilarating experience of walking through San Francisco’s sublime terrain, while at the same time tying that experience to a history, a mythology, and a physical terrain as rollicking and eccentric as the city herself. From her absurd beginnings as the most distant and moth-eaten outpost of the world’s most extensive empire, to her instantaneous origins in the global epidemic of greed known as the Gold Rush, from her destruction by earthquake and fire to her perennial embrace of rebels, dreamers, hedonists and misfits of all stripes, San Francisco has always followed a trajectory as wildly independent as the untrammeled natural forces that created her.
Cool Gray City of Love draws on everything from on-the-ground reporting to obscure academic papers to Kamiya’s experience of San Francisco to create an extraordinarily rich and lyrical portrait of a magical corner of the world. There’s no question that it will make you fall more madly for San Francisco. But it will also infects you with a new appreciation for every place you’ve ever loved.
Before co-founding Salon.com, Gary Kamiya was at the San Francisco Examiner for five years, where he worked with David Talbot as senior editor at the paper's Sunday magazine, Image. He also served as the paper's book editor and critic at large, writing critical essays and reviews of books, movies, music, theater and art. Before that he helped found Frisko magazine, where he was senior writer. Kamiya's writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, ArtForum, and Sports Illustrated, among many other publications