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Another City: Writing from Los Angeles

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Stories, chronicles, and poems by both well-established and up-and-coming young writers about how it was to come to LA or what it was like to grow up there, about the ocean and the desert, the entertainment industry and earthquakes, riots and racism, fires and freaks.

Contributors include: Jervey Tervalon, Aimee Bender, Benjamin Weissman, Sesshu Foster, Richard Rayner, Jeffrey McDaniel, Amy Uyematsu, Russell Leong, Aleida Rodríguez, Luis ...

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Overview

Stories, chronicles, and poems by both well-established and up-and-coming young writers about how it was to come to LA or what it was like to grow up there, about the ocean and the desert, the entertainment industry and earthquakes, riots and racism, fires and freaks.

Contributors include: Jervey Tervalon, Aimee Bender, Benjamin Weissman, Sesshu Foster, Richard Rayner, Jeffrey McDaniel, Amy Uyematsu, Russell Leong, Aleida Rodríguez, Luis Alfaro, Bia Lowe, Amy Gerstler, and others.

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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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review
**Named one of the Best Books of 2001.
Brian Bouldrey
.....what is new and exciting in "Another City," is the emergence of a Los Angeles style. . . . Western writing sprawls, trying to fill up empty space. . . . the West turned its back on the East; one of the key messages written into every entry in Another City is, "If you want to see me, you're going to have to come here. I'm going to stay.
Chicago Tribune
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Ulin uses L.A.¹s narrative disconnection not only as justification for an anthology of disconnected narratives but as proof that such an anthology is the most sensible way to approach L.A., a city that is in his words "a succession of glimpses, impressions, shuffled together and resonating.
Library Journal
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 Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872863910
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 854,448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Only Heaven 1
Interesting Times 5
Train 11
Minnie Riperton Saved My Life 13
joseph speaks to gericault in the studio 19
The Exterminator 25
Maternity 31
Bed and Brimstone 47
The Fecality of It All 49
Fried Chicken 55
Magic Hour 65
Dear America 75
The Mutilated Man 77
Enter the Year of the Dragon, 2000 93
Naked Chinese People 101
before 115
Cactus 117
Atwater 135
Native to the Place 149
When Mother Nature Visits Southern California 163
Job's Jobs 165
Fascist Island 171
Los Angeles 173
The Beach at Sunset 197
Bad Girl on the Curb 199
Day Time 203
Bieler's Broth 213
Anagoge 217
A Note for Everything 219
Naked 227
Inside Miss Los Angeles 229
Ezzie, Sweating 235
Trouble Man 237
An Empty Classroom, Lincoln Heights 257
This Year in Los Angeles 259
Good Wives Don't Drive 263
Lost 265
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