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LA at Intermission: A City Mingling Towards Identity [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Mailander

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Book Description

LA lacks informed dissent. Using tactics he cultivated for 12 years as a Councilman, Eric Garcetti, the town’s top political hybrid, has stepped into this political void, not to fill it, but to maintain its vacuousness, choosing loyalty ahead of brilliance. The result is that city now thinks small, not as though it were participating in a great cycle of drama, but merely loitering in the lobby at intermission. In this series of essays spanning three years, LA is found to be "a city that belongs to hipsters and dreamers and futurists and chatterers; it is a city that lacks gravitas, that yaks it up, snapping selfies, dreaming much and doing little, mostly satisfied enough with itself to be willingly distracted from the grand cycle, which was already far from riveting."

Product Details

  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Nellcôte Press (March 27, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JAVUX84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Joseph F. Mailander grew up in the South Bay of Los Angeles County and graduated from Hawthorne High School in 1975. He attended Columbia University and UCLA.

Writing fiction, cultural criticism, and poetry from 1981 forward, Mailander also worked in the 1980's and 1990's in many professional capacities, including as vice president of a commercial bank. He also spent much time traveling between California and New England/Quebec in these decades, especially by rail.

Mailander's latest book, "LA at Intermission: A City Mingling Towards Identity" (March 2014) is his second on LA's cultural and political life. It follows his first non-fiction book, "Days Change at Night: LA's Decade of Decline, 2003-2013," a street-savvy as well as a political insider's view into Los Angeles, alternating between "rhetorically precise political bromides and meandering Zen rambles and shambles."

Mailander's most recent novel is "The Fugitive Trail Angel," tracking three friends across twenty-five years of life that commence with a weekend trip to Maine in August 1986. His earliest novel, "The Plasma of Terror," as well as his three-story suite "New World Triptych" draw especially from his time spent on defense industry projects 1980s and early 1990s.

Another novel, "The Strong God Glittering" is especially formed by the works of Proust, Lawrence Durrell, and the academic work of Judith Butler. The narrative also draws from a longstanding dialog with Jeanne Thornton, formerly of Seven Stories Press.

Mailander was born in California in 1957, the only child of Joseph and Mary Mailander. His father left school at the outbreak of World War II to become an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on mine sweepers in the North Atlantic and the English Channel. His mother was a nurse who spoke Russian and English. Mailander's parents were married in Montreal in 1943 and moved from Canada to Los Angeles in 1955; their only child was born in Los Angeles on February 4, 1957.

Mailander's fiction, cultural criticism and poetry have appeared in many print and online publications.


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