Denise Chavez

San Francisco Dispatch (with stops in El Paso, Las Cruces, and Mean Old Chi-Town)

Dear Constant Reader: I can't help thinking about Kerouac when I get to San Fran. The old pensive 11 hills, the rust and kites, the smell of coffee and the crazy jangle of noises all night on the street like some John Cage symphony of hookers and cabs and winos and laugher. I took an old copy of On the Road and re-read all that jaunty adventurousness hoping to revive my spirit and recalibrate my eye. That whole book is a big melancholy "Yahoo!" and that's how I felt.

Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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