Friday, November 18, 2011

To My City By the Bay...

By: kconnors

I haven't been there since 4th grade, but today I head for San Francisco for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.  Any suggestions of things a mythopoet shouldn't miss?  Any idea where to find the phylactery known as the Heart of Bennett?


  1. I don't know if it's strictly mythopoet territory, but there's an elaborate (and wonderfully kitschy) tiki bar/restaurant called the Tonga Room that's definitely worth a visit.

    Other than that, the usual: Chinatown, Alcatraz.

  2. Thanks, Trey, I'll take a look. Probably won't have lots of time for touristy stuff: I did that way back when anyway. It would be nice to have at least one outing besides meals. I might try to hit Grace Cathedral or the Asian Arts Museum.

  3. I really dug City Lights bookstore. It's a great bookstore in it's own right, but also was the center of the Beat Scene.

    Last time I was there for a conference, I rented a car and drove to Muir Woods, which was incredible.

    Have fun!

  4. If you like garlic, I'd say that the Stinking Rose restaurant is a can't-miss experience. Loved it when last we made the journey west.

  5. Hope it's not too late... but I've got two SF Meccas of the weird bookstore variety:

    (1) Fields Bookstore has enough obscure, occultish, and academic estoterica to keep a mythopoet busy for years. If you walk there, be prepared for a steep climb.

    (2) If you feel like taking the BART over to Berkeley, wander up and down Telegraph Avenue (not inhaling too deeply in any one spot) until you get to Moe's Books. Huge selection of used books you won't find anywhere else.

  6. Thanks for the suggestions, all. I ended up having almost no discretionary time, and attempts to play hookey failed. But I am definitely in talks with my beloved/accountant about a future SF trip and will file these away for it.