Film Criticism, Short Stories, Poems.
Edited by Peter Martin (Norma Swain, Jean Raylor). Opening article by Robert Duncan. Peter D. Martin came to San Francisco from New York in the 1940's to teach sociology. Inspired by the Chaplin film, City Lights, he started this literary magazine in 1952, publishing such key Bay Area writers as Philip Lamantia, Pauline Kael, Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, as "Lawrence Ferling." In 1953 Martin and Ferlinghetti founded City Lights bookstore, which has had a pretty good run. After two years Martin sold his interest and returned to New York and opened The New Yorker Bookstore. This inaugural issue opens with Robert Duncan's "Open Letter to City Light", and an an interesting review of San Francisco's, Newsvue Theatre at Market and Mason streets, a third-run movie house that, every Saturday and Sunday, was the city's only theatre featuring the Giant Cartoon Carnival offering 20 cartoons. Also, a wonderful ad for 12 Adler Place, the 'lower bar' for Tommy's restaurant on Broadway, now known as Specs. ] Edited by Peter Martin, with Charles Polk, Norma Swain, Richard Miller, Wilder Bentley, Arthur Foff, Herbert Kaufman, Antoinette Wilson, MFM Pollack. Contributions by these and by Marjorie Farber, Hans Meyerhoff, V.S.di Suvero, Ken Kolb, George Herriman,Joseph Kostolefsky David Ri Bart Abbott, Philip Lamantia,Leslie Farber, Jack Spicer, etc.. Cover design Don Smith.