The Village Voice’s Sound of the City blog has a new Q&A with Laurie Lindeen and includes this gem:
Was there anything you included that upon reflection you’d have preferred to leave out?
When I got the final edits, I got a long letter from my editor saying something like either you develop the characters of your father and Paul or leave them out—of course, those are my two most complex, confusing relationships. I’m so naïve sometimes…some people focused on the 10 out of 321 pages Paul appears and decided the book was about bagging a rock god. I thought I left plenty of red flags in there? I do regret the things that my very private mom found difficult to see in print, but I’d still leave them in.
Ted Barron the photographer who took the picture of Our Man Paul and Alex Chilton featured in the liner notes for the re-issued Pleased to Meet Me talks about the night the picture was taken.