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Some 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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers; First Printing edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872863913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872863910
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David L. Ulin is the author of "Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles"; "Labyrinth"; "The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time"; and "The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith," which was selected as a best book of 2004 by the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. His novel "Ear to the Ground," written with Paul Kolsby, will be published in 2016.

He is also the editor of "Another City: Writing from Los Angeles"; "Cape Cod Noir"; and the Library of America's "Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology," which won a California Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Black Clock, Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, Zyzzyva, Columbia Journalism Review, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he is the former book critic, and book editor, of the Los Angeles Times.

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Great selection of great writing. Most pieces are instant classics. Captures the breadth and depth of an area not usually associated with the literary scene (except for hard boiled private eyes.) Nice piece by editor Ulin sets the mood.
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By A Customer on September 5, 2001
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All the storie is this book are quick, fun & amusing to read. I think everyone who has visited Los Angeles or ones who were raised in "Another City" will agree it's a must read. This book also makes a perfectly fitting gift for those.
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(Almost) everything I know about Los Angeles, I learned from David Ulin's anthology, Another City: Writing from Los Angeles. Highly recommend this collection of essays, short stories and poems by familiar and not-so-familar writers.

David Ulin, book critic, and former book editor of the Los Angeles Times, and a New York transplant like myself, must have come to understand as well as come to terms with this side of the country by putting this extraordinary compilation of works together. The pieces cover every aspect of Los Angeles life from the 1800s to the present from ocean to desert, show-biz, race riots, souped up cars, The Beach Boys, earthquakes, and everyplace in between.
Highly recommend!

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.
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By A Customer on March 22, 2002
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Like the city itself, these pieces are all over the place; most of them are rather mediocre, but there are a few gems to be found.
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