The Intersection

Those Arizona Nights


I had a good event at Changing Hands bookstore, in Tempe, Arizona, tonight. So many people came to the talk that the bookstore had to rearrange chairs quickly, in a larger space, to accommodate them all.

In the audience, among others, was fellow ScienceBlogger John Lynch, the author of Stranger Fruit and a prof here at Arizona State. And so were not one, not two, but three of my uncles who live in the area…one of whom, my uncle Tom, is pictured here along with John and I. You see, we got beers afterwards. Oh, did we.

Tomorrow I’m off to Albuquerque. I love the Southwest. I only wish I could stay longer (which is how I feel about every place I visit…)

P.S.: John Lynch has a post on our encounter as well. He puts up a slightly different pic in which I am smiling too widely and my uncle looks slightly demonic. He concurs, though, that we put back a few…


  1. #1 Tara C. Smith
    September 28, 2006

    huh. I think I like the pic at John’s better, of both of you. Although, yeah, your uncle looks a bit demonic 🙂

  2. #2 John Lynch
    September 28, 2006

    Well, jeez Tara, you could at least post a comment at my blog 🙂

  3. #3 Bob
    September 28, 2006

    Miller Lite? You were in Tempe and you passed up the chance to drink the wonderful, locally brewed Four Peaks? I spent a bit of time at he local pubs during my grad school days in Tempe but I can’t figure out which tavern you were in. I suppose they may have updated over the last 7 years.

  4. #4 RickD
    September 28, 2006

    I think I might disagree with the word ‘slightly’. 🙂

  5. #5 John Lynch
    September 29, 2006


    It’s “Mac’s” one door down from Changing Hands where the signing was. It was the easiest place to go to all considered.

    I agree … 4-Peaks is the place to go.

  6. #6 donna
    September 29, 2006

    OMG, Changing Hands is still there?! I went there 30 years ago when I went to ASU…

    And yeah, we tried out Four Peaks brewery (Scottsdale one) last time I was in town. Good beer. But not as good as the Caffrey’s I managed to get in Victoria last week!

  7. #7 John Lynch
    September 30, 2006


    Same name, different location. The Mill Ave shop shut during the late 90’s with the gentrification of Mill. The new location at McClintock & Guadalupe doesn’t have quite the same charm.

    /Loved the old location.

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