Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City

Fuck Yeah!  I had the opportunity to chat with San Francisco author Benjamin Wachs for an hour last week about his new book A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City.

Although the book is a work of fiction, Wachs' 26 stories were inspired by his personal experiences traveling the world as a freelance journalist, including writing for Playboy.

"If we tape enough heartfelt wishes on streetlights and leave enough dreams on the curb, anything can happen," Wachs says in his preface. "Millions of souls in crowded neighborhoods praying beneath the surface of their daily lives lead to manifestations of the miraculous and infernal just around the corner. A block of Paris where fire dancers spin outside Notre Dame connects to a sliver of Chicago where angels dance in a speakeasy, that attaches to miraculous Thai food in London, and to a faith healing in San Francisco, to an architectural marvel in Moscow and a tantric revelation in New Orleans, to a lost opera in Vienna and a resurrection in Pittsburgh, and the perfect couch appearing on Craigslist in Toronto. Never stopping. This is the Sacred City."