From Liz Sales’ article for the ICP Library blog, Monsters & Madonnas:
LS: You have a long-time relationship with San Francisco. What drew you to the city? What keeps you there today?
JD: I grew up in a track home in a suburb of Los Angeles. Perhaps because of this rather monotonous landscape I dreamt of living in a real city like the ones I saw on European postcards. Europe was too far away and frankly the culture of San Francisco in 1970 was exactly what I wanted. I now live in Berkeley, very near the subway and the freeway off ramp so I that I can get back to the city as often as possible. This is a progressive city. Issues of cultural and economic inequality are always at the forefront of political discourse.