In San Francisco last weekend I picked up a copy of the free monthly San Francisco Reader, which featured an interview with Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I was surprised to read Ferlinghetti’s comment that “there’s not a single independent bookstore in downtown Chicago.” He must have forgotten Brent Books on Washington. (Now if only there were a decent newsstand in the Loop — something on the order of the Chicago-Main Newstand in Evanston.) Because I was out west I didn’t see Ferlinghetti read here last week. Wonder how he was . . .