Scenes from the life of a writer trying to write scenes

My October 5, 2021 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

I met my friend Erin for lunch on Clement Street recently. As neither of us was ready yet, COVID-wise, to go inside to eat, we picked up sandwiches at Cafe Bunn Mi and sat down on a bench in front of the Richmond branch of the San Francisco Public Library. ¶ I have a long and happy history with that library. I lived a block away for 25 years, and my son grew up in the children’s section.

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