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OMG They Have Books Here, Becky

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?a living, historically rooted literary scene that, though it has surely heard the news of its own demise, isn’t buying it. The New York Times visits San Francisco, and like a visitor from another time/space continuum is amazed at the anachronistic wonder of printed words here in the birthplace of the Internet. They stumble upon a strange ritual called Litquake by the locals, and invokes The Beats. Also that our literary scene is appears to be less shark-infested than New York's but has more pirate stores. Includes a guide to some of the secret specialist bookstores around, although the author inexplicably omits William Stout Architectural Books. [NYTimes]