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Writing Los Angeles: a Literary Anthology (Library of America) Hardcover – September 30, 2002
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"Writing Los Angeles" is exhaustively researched and some of the expected writers are represented here: Cain, West, Ellroy, Didion but what of Simone De Beauvoir and Umberto Eco? Probably the most important thing Ulin has done is introduce us to SoCal writers we didn't know or of whom we've forgotten: D.J. Waldie or Ruben Martinez, for example.
If nothing else, Ulin has proven that Los Angeles is fertile ground for the creation of writing of the highest order. And for this, we Los Angelenos are forever in his debt.
If there is a downside to this effort, it is length. I prefer weighty tomes, but I found Writing Los Angeles somewhat of a slog through the last quarter or so of its pages. No doubt, this is partially a result of my period preference, but I also found the selections less substantial as the chronology wore on. I ate up this book for 600-some pages and then fell a little bit out of love.
My love loss aside, should one desire a representative sample of LA-area literature over a wide swath of time, Writing Los Angeles probably can't be beat. It's all in there, love it or not, and its not like you can't skip around. In this, of all things considered, I find final justification for a rating of 4+ stars. With a little selective omission, you might mold this anthology into the book that you need.
What a wonderful collection of short stories and parts of longer stories. If you know Los Angeles, you nod your head in agreement. If you don't know it, you get acquainted with it. I'll never forget those little forays into the life of LA people. I especially remember the women in the stories by Faulkner, Menchen, and Williams. Not the glamorous movie stars, but unforgettable older ladies—the salt-of-earth Nebraskan Mama Ewing, the blessed Sister Aimée, and the tough but adorable Olga Kedrova.
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I have not had the opportunity to read all of it. It was recommended by my autobiography instructor and appears to be very interesting for Los Anglophiles. Possible others. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stanley O. Epstein
There are some great excerpts in this book, the problem being is that you only get a little taste of a variety of books from which these writings were taken from. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Eddie
Excellent excerpts. All the tidbits of Los Angeles that you want from famous authors. From Faulkner to Mosley, this is a great introductory to Los Angeles literature.Published on November 22, 2013 by bleusdolphins
Great condition. I had to buy it for a class I'm taking. It contains a bunch of essays about LAPublished on October 30, 2013 by LD
I really appreciate recieveing this book on time and it was in perfect condition better then new condition. i really enjoy this book and is def needed for classPublished on September 20, 2013 by marcia martin
I purchased this book for an English course emphasizing Los Angeles HIstory and I loved reading it! The book made class discussion very interesting. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by gloomiegal