This was a rare appearance by Ferlinghetti. Booksmith Bookstore on Haight was very crowded. He read poetry and answered questions. He was funny and very wise.
In reference to the question about people's complacency he said that "people do not want to be disturbed".
He does not consider himself a beatnik but a bohemian which came before Beatnik's. Herbe Caen is responsible for the word "beatnik" coming into existence.
He sees no difference today between Republicans and Democrat's.
When he is interviewed by anyone now he always tells them he is not a Beatnik - he just published Beatnik books. But the next day the article always starts with "The Beat Goes On!".
Lawrence Ferlinghetti is 88 years old and lives on Potrero Hill and shows his art work at George Krewsky Gallery at 77 Geary, San Francisco. georgekrewskygallery.com.
He is the founder with Peter D. Martin of City Lights Book Store in 1953. City Lights Book Store is the first all paperback bookstore in the United States. 261 Columbus, San Francisco, Ca. citylights.com. He also has a art studio out in Hunter's Point. He was San Francisco's Poet Laureate in 1998.