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Literature often describes places we are curious about, regardless of whether we know them or not. This blog maps the journeys laid out in selected books and offers reflections corresponding to the various stops. Happy traveling!

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I was born in Eureka, California and adopted when I was 2.  I grew up in Fort Bragg, California, and graduated high school in 1982.  I finished a BA in English at Santa Clara University, and then did two years of volunteer service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in inner-city Milwaukee.  I lived in Milwaukee from 1986-1995.  I got married in 1995 to Megan Kamerick and moved to San Antonio, Texas where I worked for a non-profit organization while I picked up an MA in International Relations at St. Mary's University.  In 2000, I started a Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of New Orleans and we lived there until 2004.  Megan accepted a job in Albuquerque 2004, and we have lived there up to the present.  I completed my Ph.D. in 2008 and am currently working at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Friday, May 04, 2007

On the Road: Central Avenue, Los Angeles, California

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On the Road: Central Avenue, Los Angeles, California

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Anonymous dewey said...

Hi, I found you through digg. I just went to see the OTR manuscript in SF, as I'm sure you've done, too, since you're nearby. Just wrote about it in my blog, if you want to stop by.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

I am from Milwaukee and also am paired with a woman named Megan...
I thought of mapping Sal's travels myself online, but decided to google it first, and it seems you've done a far better job than I imagined I would. I'd love to see some info on Denver and the night-trip to the opera/party in Central City, CO. The trip south would also be cool...

11:09 PM  
Blogger Michael L. Hess said...

Jonathan, if you go to some of my previous posts, you'll find an entry on the opera/night in Colorado and posts on Denver.

Unfortunately I'm on a forced hiatus right now, trying to finish the dissertation, but hopefully I'll finish Sal's first trip with some time.

1:46 PM  
Blogger circuitmouse said...

Well done! At the time OTR takes place, Central Avenue was indeed in the nexus of the jazz scene in LA (they just held the annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival back in August, in fact, along the stretch of the Avenue in front of the Dunbar Hotel). There is a new mini-park across the street to commemorate the area's role in music history, but sad to say, other than the Dunbar and the Florence Mills Theatre (now a Spanish language church), there is virtually nothing else in the area that remains. Even the Dunbar, which has been preserved as housing for seniors, takes a stretch of the imagination to see Billie Holliday or Duke Ellington hanging around in the lobby.

3:33 PM  
Blogger GKahn said...

A very nice piece - thanks for tying OTR to Central Avenue - i read the book long ago and didn't see the connection at that time.
I have just posted a piece about the meaning of WEST COAST JAZZ on my blog - you may want to check it out
http://jazzghetto.blogspot.com/

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HUNG OUT IN AN UPSTAIRS FRIED CHICKEN PLACE A FEW DOORS SOUTH OF CENTRAL ON VERNON AVE. IF MY MEMORY IS CORRECT. EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT AROUND 2 AM SOME JAZZ GREATS WOULD COME THERE AFTER THEIR GIG AND ART TATUM ON AN UPRIGHT WAS A REGULAR.

ANYBODY WITH MORE INFO - PLEASE GIVE ME A SHOUT AND PUT CENTRAL AVE JAZZ IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

MANY THANKS

MISCHA (BRIMISCHA@HOTMAIL.COM)

12:24 PM  

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