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hi again from melbourne, australia

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Posted by ben zipper on February 21, 1999 at 17:53:51:

Peter H. Rosen,

Hi, Ben here. I tried to send you an email but kept getting messages saying something about a permanent fatal error.
So I thought I'd contact you this way.

Anyway, great to hear from you. Why is it that people in San Francisco are consistently
kind, friendly and willing to help out? I found this to be so when I was first (and
last) in SF in early 96. So obviously I can't wait to get back

It was only when I got back to Melbourne -- almost a year later after travelling to
dozens of other cities in the world -- that I decided to start working on a novel.
While the story has changed several times, the one thing that has always been a
certainty is the location in SF. I was largely fascinated with the notion that the
city rebuilt itself after the earthquake, and notions of people coming to the city
to reinvent themselves (e.g. the Chinese during the gold rush, many gay and lesbian
people in the 1960s and 70s). So this is the thematic basis of the novel. Anyway,
I'm rambling on here, so I'll stop.

I'll be arriving in your city on April 25. At present, I don't have any
accommodation, and would be really excited about seeing if we can strike amicable
deal about subletting. I'm planning on staying between about 3 to 5 weeks. Does
this seem likely to fit into your schedule. I'm very flexible about sleeping
arrangements -- i.e. I won't have much luggage (just what I can carry on my back)
so I won't need or care for a large room.

I feel this could be really good. I'm very interested in meeting other creative
people (I know how glib that sounds, but I can't think of a better term) in the
city and exchanging ideas and just hearing what other people around the world are

Speak to you soon.


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