Stories, chronicles, and poems by both well-established and up-and-coming young writers about how it was to come to LA or what it was like to grow up there, about the ocean and the desert, the entertainment industry and earthquakes, riots and racism, fires and freaks.
Contributors include: Jervey Tervalon, Aimee Bender, Benjamin Weissman, Sesshu Foster, Richard Rayner, Jeffrey McDaniel, Amy Uyematsu, Russell Leong, Aleida Rodríguez, Luis Alfaro, Bia Lowe, Amy Gerstler, and others.
David Ulin has lived in Los Angeles since 1991. From 1993-6 he was the book editor of the LA Weekly. He is currently on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, and writes regularly for the LA Weekly, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and the Los Angeles Times.
Thirty-seven LA writers map the scattered, diverse, and extremely fertile literary landscape of contemporary Los Angeles.
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Ulin uses L.A.1s narrative disconnection not only as justification for an anthology of disconnected narratives but as proof that such an anthology is the most sensible way to approach L.A., a city that is in his words "a succession of glimpses, impressions, shuffled together and resonating.
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Title: Another City: Writing from Los Angeles
Author: David L. Ulin
Publisher: City Lights Books
Date Published: September 2001
Table of Contents:
|Minnie Riperton Saved My Life||13|
|joseph speaks to gericault in the studio||19|
|Bed and Brimstone||47|
|The Fecality of It All||49|
|The Mutilated Man||77|
|Enter the Year of the Dragon, 2000||93|
|Naked Chinese People||101|
|Native to the Place||149|
|When Mother Nature Visits Southern California||163|
|The Beach at Sunset||197|
|Bad Girl on the Curb||199|
|A Note for Everything||219|
|Inside Miss Los Angeles||229|
|An Empty Classroom, Lincoln Heights||257|
|This Year in Los Angeles||259|
|Good Wives Don't Drive||263|
Los Angeles Times Book Review**Named one of the Best Books of 2001.
Brian Bouldrey.....what is new and exciting in "Another City," is the emergence of a Los Angeles style. . . . Western writing sprawls, trying to fill up empty space. . . . the West turned its back on the East; one of the key messages written into every entry in Another City is, "If you want to see me, you're going to have to come here. I'm going to stay.
— Chicago Tribune
San Francisco Bay GuardianUlin uses L.A.¹s narrative disconnection not only as justification for an anthology of disconnected narratives but as proof that such an anthology is the most sensible way to approach L.A., a city that is in his words "a succession of glimpses, impressions, shuffled together and resonating.
Library JournalSome 37 poets, essayists, and short-story writers have lent their considerable talents to a collection as diverse as Los Angeles itself. L.A.'s film lots, barrios, boulevards, and beaches merge into a landscape and culture rich, unique, and often true to itself despite its alleged artificiality. For example, Erik Himmelsbach hilariously discusses the fine art of dodging a geeky fellow Jew in the halls of Sepulveda Junior High. In another piece, Lynell George illustrates how the real L.A. is not readily distilled to one or two handy stereotypes about surfer culture but rather is a "loud cacophony" of lifestyles, cultures, and "competing melodies." Ulin, a regular contributor to LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsday and the former books editor for the Los Angeles Reader, nicely adds a number of poets and fiction writers who give voice to the newcomer experience and the dynamics of staying a step ahead of relocation panic and loneliness. Highly recommended. Susan A. Zappia, Paradise Valley Community Coll., Phoenix Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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