Sir Francis Drake  

Union Square, San Francisco, California

Before he penned Howl, Ginsberg reportedly had a vision of this hotel during a peyote experience. The vision became his inspiration for a being called "Moloch" in the poem. In Levantine lore, Moloch is a god to whom children are sacrificed. However, in Ginsberg's work, Moloch can be interpreted as a destructive system of control.

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