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Season of the Which: What Kind of City is San Francisco Turning Into?

January 24, 2016

About the conversation

On January 24, the winter season of The Forum kicked off with David Talbot, founder of Salon, the first and greatest of the web magazines, and author of Season of the Witch, a gripping modern history of San Francisco. In addition to Season of the Witch, Talbot is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.

Drawing on the cathedral’s theme for the year, “Home,” Talbot discussed the modern identity and values of the city that Grace Cathedral and its community calls home – and whether the city is facing an existential threat or just more of its signature change.

Season of the Witch deals with how “San Francisco values” (such as tolerance and experimentation) came into being and changed the world, but also how the 1967 Summer of Love gave way to a winters of discontent. Season of the Witch was hailed as “enthralling, news-driven history” (San Francisco Chronicle), “energetic, highly entertaining storytelling” (Boston Globe), and “enthralling and harrowing” (Washington Post).

Talbot will recount the modern history of San Francisco and its values, and then fast forward to how rising rents, massive new construction, demographic shifts and more are likely to impact which kind of city— and home— San Francisco becomes.

About the Host

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the ninth dean of Grace Cathedral. Malcolm is an Episcopal priest, an author who has published books on spirituality and the environment and writes about religion for Huffington Post, and founder of the Ventana School in Los Altos, CA. Guest: David Talbot, founder of Salon

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The winter season of The Forum kicks off with David Talbot, founder of Salon, the first and greatest of the web magazines, and author of Season of the Witch, a gripping modern history of San Francisco.

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