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Even Amid the Red Scare, 1950s L.A. Was a Wonderland Without Fences for Young People

Author and screenwriter Erik Tarloff recalls childhood on Detroit Street—and crashing the gates of Samuel Goldwyn Studios

Not All of L.A.’s Architectural Marvels Are Vintage

Peek inside a new book that celebrates more recent additions to the city's beautiful built environment
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L.A. Is Losing Another Iconic Bookstore

Samuel French's Hollywood store—the company's last surviving physical outlet in the U.S.—is closing at the end of the month
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Roxane Gay Would Prefer Not to Have to Be Exceptional

The author says, “I want to get to a place where it is no longer newsworthy when a diverse creator has made interesting art”

The Best Books About L.A. of 2018

It was a good year for L.A.-centric non-fiction. Here are some of our faves.
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Historical Figures Tell the Story of L.A., One Letter and Diary Entry at a Time

An excerpt from Los Angeles contributor David Kipen's new book Dear Los Angeles
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How Two Local Women Are Empowering a Generation of Rebel Girls

Timbuktu Labs' feminist journal for girls is building on a moment
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A Peek Inside This Is Los Angeles, Estevan’s Oriol’s Latest Photo Chronicle of L.A.

Latino counterculture to mainstream celeb culture, all through Oriol's lens
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A Local Bookstore Is Bouncing Back by Paying It Forward

How Book Show in Highland Park is building community in uncertain times
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Some People Find Jesus on Death Row. Damien Echols Found Magick

Free from prison, Echols of the West Memphis Three details the spiritual lessons he learned on the inside