Why the Lard Tub at 826 Valencia Isn’t an Ironic Joke to Poor People
In an interview with local writer Frances Lefkowitz, Bookslut looks at the divide between rich and poor in the Mission:
You identify many such codes in your book. For example, you say why the lard tub at 826 Valencia in San Francisco makes you feel excluded: “It acts as a litmus test for distinguishing the people who ‘get’ the lard — or act as if they do — from the people who don’t. For the Spanish-speaking moms and kids who live in the neighborhood and walk past the keg to get to their tutoring sessions, lard is not an ironic joke; it’s food.”
Read on for the author’s answer, and for further thoughts on gentrification in the Mission.
Frances Lefkowitz’s memoir is called To Have Not, and reflects on a lifetime of feeling poor.