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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

On The Books: Literary Critic David Kipen on What’s Caught His Eye

These three Chandleresque mysteries honor literary sleuth Philip Marlowe, who’d be 75 this year

You Can’t Eat the Sunshine: The Origin Story of Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights

In an exclusive clip from this week's episode of "You Can't Eat the Sunshine," David Kipen recalls how his personal book collection and a complimentary platter of quesadillas begot the lending library that’s now a neighborhood institution.