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The Misread City: New Literary Los Angeles written by Scott Timberg

 

The Misread City: New Literary Los Angeles written by Scott Timberg

Overview:

Recently reviewed in the L.A. Times, The Misread City gives readers a look at the literary Los Angeles they never knew existed. Underneath the shadow of the Kodak Theatre, the Getty, Disney Hall, and the shiny happy film people, growls and grinds a literary heartbeat. Some are good writers, some fakes, some opening their shirts to passersby in West Hollywood in a cinematic cry for attention, but in its own blurred and indecent way, under the sun and beneath the palms, Los Angeles writing has thrived. This collection draws the reader into the rooms of poets and writers who write in Southern California washed in the smog filled air. Editors Dana Gioia (current chairman of the Nea) and Scott Timberg (New Times L.A., L.A. Times) present a wide array of contributors, including Brendan Bernhard, Laurel Ann Bogen, Wanda Coleman, Jenny Factor, David Fine, Kate Gale, Peter George, Peter Gilstrap, Dana Gioia, Laurence Goldstein, Pico Iyer, Ken Kelley, David Kipen, Ron Kortge

Synopsis:

Recently reviewed in the L.A. Times, The Misread City gives readers a look at the literary Los Angeles they never knew existed. Underneath the shadow of the Kodak Theatre, the Getty, Disney Hall, and the shiny happy film people, growls and grinds a literary heartbeat. Some are good writers, some fakes, some opening their shirts to passersby in West Hollywood in a cinematic cry for attention, but in its own blurred and indecent way, under the sun and beneath the palms, Los Angeles writing has thrived. This collection draws the reader into the rooms of poets and writers who write in Southern California washed in the smog filled air. Editors Dana Gioia (current chairman of the Nea) and Scott Timberg (New Times L.A., L.A. Times) present a wide array of contributors, including Brendan Bernhard, Laurel Ann Bogen, Wanda Coleman, Jenny Factor, David Fine, Kate Gale, Peter George, Peter Gilstrap, Dana Gioia, Laurence Goldstein, Pico Iyer, Ken Kelley, David Kipen, Ron Kortge

The Los Angeles Times

Most of the 34 selections in The Misread City were first published over the last several years in various magazines and newspapers, including L.A. Weekly, New Times and the Los Angeles Times. Some are longer book excerpts, including a magisterial chapter on the apocalyptic tradition in Los Angeles fiction from David Fine's admirable study, Imagining Los Angeles: A City in Fiction. A few of the best pieces appear to have been written especially for publication in The Misread City, including Laurence Goldstein's City of Poems: The Lyric Voice in Los Angeles Since 1990. — Jonathan Kirsch

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