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Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love
AuthorDavid Talbot

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Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love is a history book by best-selling author David Talbot. The book captures the dark history of San Francisco from the 1960s to the early 1980s utilizing a “kaleidoscopic narrative” [1] and tells the story of how 'the 1967 Summer of Love gave way to 20 or so winters of discontent.' [2]

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'Season of the Witch' is broken down into three sections, each one depicting a different period within the city; each section is home to a number of chapters that are cleverly titled and a hodge-podge of clever puns to the utmost bizarre.[3]


The story starts off with what San Francisco is best known for within its history: hippie kids and their drugs that lead to the birthplace of many social movements and the rise of the Counter Culture.[4]


This is part of San Francisco history that many would like to forget. Hells Angels running amok at the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont, but saving one of the few free clinics. The Zodiac and Zebra killers. And the hate-fueled political killing of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.[4]


The book concludes with the riots that followed and the AIDS epidemic that was just heating up.[4]

Appendix: The Best Songs Recorded by San Francisco Bands, 1965-1985[edit]

Since San Francisco is known for its music and music played a large part in its history, Talbot concludes the book with what he considers to be the best and most influential songs recorded during 1965-1985. Songs by San Francisco natives like The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane are included in this list.

One City One Book[edit]

The San Francisco Public Library selected 'Season of the Witch' as their One City One Book 2015 selection. An annual literacy event that, through a series of readings and discussions, aims to get the entire city reading and talking about one book with the overall goal of 'building bridges between communities and generations' and making 'reading a lifelong pursuit' in order to create a more literate society.[5]


'Season of the Witch' was published by Free Press (NYC) on May 8, 2012.[6]


'Season of the Witch' received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and was hailed as 'enthralling, news-driven history' (San Francisco Chronicle), 'energetic, highly entertaining storytelling' (Boston Globe), and 'an enthralling – and harrowing – account of how the 1967 Summer of Love gave way to 20 or so winters of discontent' (Washington Post).


  1. ^'Season of the Witch'. City Lights.
  2. ^Drabelle, Dennis (2012-06-01). ''Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love,' by David Talbot'. The Washington Post. ISSN0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  3. ^''Season of the Witch,' by David Talbot: review'. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  4. ^ abcUllman, Ellen (2012-08-03). ''Season of the Witch,' by David Talbot'. The New York Times. ISSN0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  5. ^'About One City One Book'. SFPL. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  6. ^'Season of the Witch'. Goodreads. Retrieved 2016-10-02.

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Upon seeing the subtitle appended to “Season of the Witch,” the latest book by David Talbot, this reader went into a defensive crouch. She hoped it was merely something dreamed up by an overzealous publicist.

Alas. One opens the book to find a detailed table of contents reprising the overheated words on the cover. There are three parts: “Enchantment,” “Terror,” “Deliverance.” Also a list of hackneyed, sometimes dreadful chapter titles (“Dead Men Dancing,” “Lucifer Rising,” “Prophet of Doom,” “Fire by Trial”). The one that will prove most unforgivable concerns a chapter on the racially charged, black-on-white “Zebra killings,” in which 23 victims were murdered or wounded over the course of 179 days. Its title? A pun on a children’s riddle: “Black and White and Red All Over.”

After climbing this cliff of bluster, the reader must survive an attack of skepticism brought on by the Author’s Note just two pages later. Talbot, who founded the online magazine Salon, tells us he grew up in Los Angeles but got a kid’s view of 1960s San Francisco while his father, an actor, appeared in long-running plays there. Determined to make San Francisco his home, Talbot went back in the 1970s looking for his “city of peace and love,” only to find it “beset by grisly crime and political violence,” from which it emerged to become “a beacon of enlightenment . . . for the entire world.”

It may seem unfair to pick on the book’s front matter. But in this case it reveals deeper, more fundamental flaws in the narrative’s ambitions, style and storytelling. Glibness, hyperbole, the writer’s overfondness for what he may imagine is cleverness — these undermine what might have been a serious work describing an era. Still, there are pleasures to be had in “Season of the Witch.”

Talbot leads us through a set of events that shook his adopted city from the late 1960s to the early ’80s. We are given accounts, for example, of hippie-kid runaways on acid going psychotic and getting caught in a “harrowing public health labyrinth” right out of a medieval tale. Twilight midnight sun movie free download. This is in the “Enchantment” section.

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In “Terror”: The Hells Angels on a rampage at the Rolling Stones’ concert at Altamont. The kidnapping of the newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. The resurfacing of the Zodiac serial killer. The Zebra killings, in which a group of Black Muslims killed and dismembered whites across the city. The murders of George Moscone, San Francisco’s mayor, and Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man on the Board of Supervisors.

Incomprehensibly lumped together in “Deliverance”: The riots that followed when Moscone and Milk’s murderer got off on manslaughter. The 49ers winning the Super Bowl. The AIDS epidemic.

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My advice: Try to throw off the smothering “parts” framework. Endure the speed-bump chapter titles. Overlook phrases like “the idea of free medical service was blowing in the wind.” Enjoy such descriptions as Allen Ginsberg’s being “a cross between holy man and Jewish mother.” And over all you may be startled by the sheer density of events that took place in a city as compact as San Francisco, and within just 15 years.

Talbot’s strength is his ability to get political movers of the era to tell him what powerful insiders were up to. His “sources” section is heavy with the marquee names who ruled San Francisco for decades: Willie Brown, Art Agnos, Dianne Feinstein, and members of the Hearst, Hallinan and Alioto clans. The book is essentially a top-down look at the city. The story the sources tell is not always pretty.

Talbot’s connections add a terrifying dimension to the story of Jim Jones, the charismatic preacher who founded the Peoples Temple and led his mostly black parishioners to Guyana, where he induced over 900 of them, children included, to kill themselves. The horror of Guyana has been portrayed elsewhere. But Talbot sees the events from inside San Francisco’s deeply corrupt justice system: Jones planted his legal adviser in the D.A.’s office. Nearly the entire political power structure — governor, mayor, supervisors, assemblymen — was in Jones’s pocket. It seems that Moscone, who was elected mayor by a mere 4,443 votes, may have had the election stolen for him by Jones, who drove his flock from precinct to precinct to help them cast multiple ballots.

Clearly, Talbot has a knack for penetrating subcultures. The leaders of the gay male community talk freely with him about their personal experiences. What stands out, then, are the political forces he chose to omit. For instance, the civil rights efforts of La Raza activists in the Mission District. And (baffling to this reader, who lived in the women’s community during the 1970s) the actions of the women’s movement and, in particular, the lesbian subculture.

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Talbot gets a perfect opening from Rose Pak, a force in Chinatown politics. He describes her as a poetry lover. She sees an ad for a reading in a private house in the Mission District. What she finds is a roomful of women in flannel shirts. And no men. She tells Talbot: “Lesbianism? I mean how would you do it? I had no clue.” Irresistible to add: evidently neither does Talbot.

It’s been 30 years since this reader was annoyed at men, qua men, so she worked hard to give Talbot good excuses for his cultural blindness. Perhaps it’s his “parts” framework keeping out the story. The women’s community was roiling over race and class issues, but I guess it didn’t roil enough to qualify for the “Terror” section. Then again, imagine if Talbot had applied his storytelling skills to describe the 1978 “Take Back the Night” march against rape and violent pornography. We hear a good deal from Margo St. James, a former prostitute working to legalize her profession. How about some nice narrative contrast showing a bunch of really angry women marching through St. James’s Tenderloin turf?

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Another possibility: Maybe he thinks gay women weren’t “beacons” for the nation. Alas, this excuse also fails. Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, longtime lovers who inspired thousands of young lesbians during the 1970s, became the first same-sex couple in America to get a marriage license and wed. Perhaps this story belongs in the part called “Deliverance”?

And so we come to Part 3, where Talbot’s imposed structure becomes truly bizarre. As noted earlier, events offering deliverance include riots, football and AIDS. Here we learn more about Dianne Feinstein, who became mayor after Moscone’s death. Talbot portrays her, rightly, as a steadying hand. But then he somehow feels the need to describe the many ways she was humiliated for being too prim, recalling especially that Moscone had called her a “stiff bitch.”

Talbot ends with the AIDS crisis, which he says “brought out the best in San Francisco,” making it “a model for the nation,” the city evidently returning to its former status as some sort of beacon. But wait: this light unto the nation was not to shine for over 10 years of fear, anger and turmoil. Millions are still dying of AIDS. To use the wrenching battles that took place during the AIDS epidemic as evidence of a city’s “deliverance” — well, this might be a good place to stop reading the book.

Which will be fine. There are only two pages left, and Talbot ends his story by saying his heroes from the era “had tilted with God, and sometimes they had won.” If he says so.


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Illustrated. 452 pp. Free Press. $28.