Another City: Writing from Los Angeles

Another City: Writing from Los Angeles

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Author/Contributor(s): Ulin, David L
Publisher: City Lights Books
Date: 09/01/2001
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

Thirty-seven LA writers map the scattered and diverse literary landscape of contemporary Los Angeles.

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 Rodriguez, Luis Alfaro, Bia Lowe, Amy Gerstler, and others.

The result of Ulin's labors is ... an engaging and satisfying collection of fiction, poetry, and essays about L.A.; the book features mostly unpublished work by both established writers like Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight), Aimee Bender (The Girl in the Flammable Skirt) and Richard Rayner (Los Angeles Without a Map), and by less well-known ones like Russell Leong, Aleida Rodriguez and Samantha Dunn.--New York Newsday

David L. Ulin has assembled the literary equivalent of the Watts Towers: a dazzling dreamscape made from the most ordinary, terrifying, and euphoric debris of L.A. life.--Mike Davis

This regional anthology is, in the best sense, all over the map. Broad in scope and varied in style, Another City offers some of the most exciting, unpredictable writing a reader could hope for.--Bernard Cooper

Los Angeles has been called America's first postmodern city, and David L. Ulin's brilliantly chosen cast of extraordinary writers brings that hypothesis exquisitely to life.--Carolyn See

Another City bids a long goodbye to the exile tradition of writing about Southern California that prevailed in the last century. Its contributors are Angelenos 'native or born-again' who embrace L.A. as hometown and body of fate. Their collective dispatches are confessional, nostalgic, tender, harrowing, often very funny, occasionally exhibitionistic, unfailingly vivid and evocative.--David Reid, editor of Sex, Death and God in L.A.

David Ulin has lived in Los Angeles since 1991. From 1993-96 he was the book editor of the LA Weekly. He is a former Los Angeles Times critic and is an Assistant English Professor at the University of Southern California.