Perhaps I should explain why this page suddenly has a San Francisco theme, even though I actually live in Seattle, Washington.

Partly, it's because I am a longtime fan of what newspaper columnist Herb Caen called "Baghdad by the Bay." But it is also because I've just embarked on the writing of a photo history of San Francisco. This will be my second book about that crazy, wonderful town; the first was San Francisco, You're History!, a collection of historical essays about the city that was published by Sasquatch Books in 1995.

It's more than likely that my work on this new non-fiction book (which is supposed to be completed by February of next year) will reduce the amount of time I have to spend blogging at The Rap Sheet and laboring over my first novel. But at least it's not a year-long commitment, and it gives me more excuses to delve into San Francisco's captivating, bawdy past. Not a bad thing, from my point of view.

This Crimespace page's theme, then, reflects where my mind--if not my body--must spend much of its time in the near future.

I'll let you know more about the photo book as it progresses.


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Comment by Josephine Damian on May 10, 2008 at 1:06am
If I did nothing more with the rest of my life than ride the cable car, I'd be happy. Love all things SF. Looking forward to reading your book.

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