The Tangier Diaries

October 30, 2020
The Tangier Diaries

Tangier in the 1960s and '70s was a fabled place. This edgecity, the 'Interzone', became muse and escapist's dream forartists, writers, millionaires and socialites, who wrote, painted,partied and experienced life with an intensity and freedom thatthey never could back home. Into this louche and cosmopolitan worldcame John Hopkins, a young writer who became a part of the bohemianTangier crowd with its core of Beats that included WilliamBurroughs, Paul and Jane Bowles and Brion Gysin, as well asTennessee Williams, Jean Genet, Yves Saint Laurent, Barbara Huttonand Malcolm Forbes. Those intoxicating decades - Tangier's 'GoldenYears' - are long gone. Grand old houses that once sparkled withlife are shuttered and dark and most of the eccentrics who oncelived and loved in the city have died. But here, in the pages ofJohn Hopkins' cult classic, all the decadence and flamboyance ofthose days is brought to life once more.