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Category Archives: Los Angeles Review of Books

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Jonathan Lethem

I have an in-depth talk with author Jonathan Lethem, author of novels like Gun, with Occasional Music, Motherless Brooklyn, and The Fortress of Solitude, along with non-fiction collections, monographs on works such as John Carpenter’s film They Live, and several short story collections. Lethem’s latest project is the forthcoming short story collection, Lucky Alan and Other Stories.     You can stream the conversation just […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Sean Wilsey

I talk with Sean Wilsey, author of the memoir Oh the Glory of It All, and co-editor of the collections The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup and State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. In his new volume of essays, More Curious, Wilsey investigates the artistic and social realms of Marfa, Texas, compulsively buys precision-engineered German appliances on […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Edan Lepucki

I talk with Edan Lepucki, staff writer at The Millions, founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles, and author of California, a mid-21st century domestic relationship novel set somewhere outside Los Angeles after the whole country suffers a long, gradual apocalypse. You can listen to the conversation on the LARB’s site, or download it on iTunes.

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Krys Lee

I talk in Seoul, Korea with Krys Lee, author of the acclaimed short story collection Drifting House. We discuss her obsessions with violence and religion, “Koreanness” as an accidental unifier of her stories, her life between Korea, America, and England, and her next novel, which deals with the lives of North Korean refugees. You can listen to the […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Lisa See

I talk with Lisa See, author of novels at the intersection of Chinese history, American history, and women’s history. Her novels include Peony in Love, Snow Flower and Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy. Her latest is China Dolls, a story of the Chinese nightclubs of wartime America that takes place in the Chinatowns of both San Francisco […]

Los Angeles Review of Books: Dana Goodyear

I talk to to journalist and poet Dana Goodyear who, as a staff writer for the New Yorker, has profiled such subjects as Japanese cellphone novels, filmmaker James Cameron, Los Angeles restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, and “Two-Buck Chuck”, the budget wine at Trader Joe’s. Her latest book is Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Michelle Huneven

I talk with Michelle Huneven, author of Round Rock, Jamesland, and Blame. In her latest novel Off Course, set in the early 1980s, a 28-year-old economics graduate student from Pasadena sequesters herself in dissertation-writing exile up in the Sierras — with no small amount of romantic intrigue. You can listen to the conversation on the LARB’s site, or download it on iTunes.

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: David Grand

I talk with David Grand, author of Louse, The Disappearing Body, and now Mount Terminus, a novel eleven years in the making whose mythic prose tells a story at the intersection of two births: the birth of cinema, and the birth of modern Los Angeles. You can listen to the conversation on the LARB’s site, or download it on iTunes.

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Leslie Jamison

I talk with Leslie Jamison, author of the novel The Gin Closet and the new essay collection The Empathy Exams, which features pieces on her experiences acting out disease symptoms for medical students to diagnose, watching the Paradise Lost documentaries, assembling a “grand unified theory of female pain,” and getting mugged in Nicaragua. You can listen to the conversation on the LARB’s site, or download it on iTunes.

The Consummate Writer of Place: Christopher Rand in Los Angeles, China, and Beyond, 1943-1968

“LOS ANGELES may be the ultimate city of our age.” So begins the 20th century’s most unjustly forgotten book on Los Angeles, written by one of its most unjustly forgotten writers of place. Christopher Rand’s Los Angeles: The Ultimate City appeared in 1967, published by Oxford University Press and built upon a trilogy of articles TheNew Yorker ran in […]