"It's so hard to get rid of dudes when they attach themselves hostilely to you. At least they were in a car and we could run in the opposite direction if we needed to. But that's so humiliating. Running away sucks."
Michelle Tea reads a selection from Rose of No Man's Land, her whirlwind exploration of poverty and dropouts. In this excerpt Trisha and Rose are attempting to hitch a ride and are forced to improvise a surprisingly effective weapon to fend off a car full of boys. (Running Time: 9:08)
Michelle Tea reads a passage from her brand new as-yet-unpublished novel, Black Wave, about the end of the world and the end of love in '90s San Francisco. (Running Time: 23:09)
Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, including the Lambda-award winning Valencia and the illustrated Rent Girl, which is currently being developed for television. She continues to curate literary events nationally, and is host and cookie-baker for the monthly Radar Reading Series at the San Francisco Public Library. Rose of No Man's Land is her first novel.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.