Ingrid Rojas Contreras lives in San Francisco with her books. She is working on a non-fiction book about her grandfather, a medicine man who could move clouds. Find more at www.ingridrojascontreras.com.
Carsick, John Waters latest book, recounts his adventures, both real and imagined, on a hitchhiking trip from Baltimore to San Francisco at age 66. I read the book the way I watch most of Waters' films -- gleeful and in awe of his attraction to chaos, then repulsed and dying to avert my eyes.
You can probably imagine everything about Don Carpenter and his writing if I told you that he kept a gun in the drawer of his desk -- just an inch below where he writes -- and that he did this not for dramatic but for practical reasons.