My story Lena’s Trip Home is now up on Fogged Clarity. Great TC Boyle interview as well.
I’ve been wanting to write about the TAMI Show for a while. I have the story in my head of Lolo travelling to Denver to see Gerry and the Pacemakers. They probably all have pacemakers now but back in the day this film and travelling concert series almost led Lolo to flunking out of school. I think the teenage Lolo had to drive a truckito filled with furniture from Questa to Denver. Maybe he volunteered to be in Denver around the week or so of the concert date. He was in school at the time. He was always leaving school for work or to work out someehwere for the family. Pretty funny to think of the old Chicano searching for tickets to see his classicos but music has always been important to Lolo. I can see you flunking out because of the goddamm Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Jefita would yell. No, Mama, Lolo would say. James Brown.
I have been exchanging emails with Felicia Olin. She is a Springfield artist and her work is amazing. I spent time at her art show on the campus of University of Illinois Springfield with D and her work was even more amazing as I had the chance to study it up close. Amazing work and craft. I’m also lucky to have a version of her painting called Day of the Dead on my wall. I contacted her to perhaps work on illustrating covers for some of my stories for the Antique Children Liqour Store series. Here is the first image she sent to me based on her reading of “Laundromat Story.”