LA Book Review Review

Posted on April 20, 2012 by

Reading the LA Times Book Review in the 1990s made me proud to be a Southern Californian.

Under former editor Steve Wasserman (now an author’s agent), the Sunday section was gaining stature among the literary elite and was even being favorably compared to the legendary New York Times Book Review.

I’m not going to waste time here moaning about the current condition of our home town paper but instead welcome a very ambitious on-line project – at least a year in the making – called the Los Angeles Review of Books, with an extraordinary cast of editors, contributors and donors.

Proclaiming itself a “uniquely interactive online literary experience”, LARB will “revive and reinvent the literary and cultural review as we know it,” according to publisher / editor Tom Lutz who, among other things, teaches creative writing at UC Riverside.

If – like me – you resist and resent the anti-LA bias by east-coast intellectuals (who characterize our writers as Hollywood hacks earning a million dollars for writing Spider Man sequels), it’s good to see a major book review enterprise preceded by the words Los Angeles.

Comments (2)

 

  1. John Connolly says:

    Western Union Telegram
    (JAN01’31:01:23AMPST)
    Frm: Herman Mankiewicz, Hollywood CA
    To: Benj Hecht, NYC NY

    NIGHT LETTER RATE; DLR BY HAND ASAP

    HURRY! PILES OF MONEY TO BE MADE OUT HERE -STOP-
    AND YOUR ONLY COMPETITION IS IDIOTS -(DON’T. STOP.) MANK.

  2. Gavin Koon says:

    Could play heretic here and say burn baby burn, we do not want to advertise paradise….

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