Born and raised in the Philippines, Lilledeshan Bose moved to the US in 2003 and settled in Orange County. Her creative writing has been published in the US, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Finland and China, but she’s also worked as an editor at the Press-Enterprise, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and OC Weekly. Bose has dabbled in film, music and performance poetry, but these days, she’s obsessed with her 1-year-old son, Jah.
WHAT INSPIRES ME: Coffee at 2 a.m., enormous museums, airports
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: Long Beach: Retro Row, Fullerton: Downtown, Riverside: the Mission Inn
FAVORITE WRITERS: Tim O'Brien, Banana Yoshimoto, Ninotchka Rosca, Jessica Hagedorn, Haruki Murakami, Stephen Dobyns, Gustavo Arellano
ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Jack White, Stephanie Syjuco
MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Banksy, Shepard Fairey
LOCATION: Long Beach/Fullerton/Riverside (So I live in Long Beach right now, but we're moving to Fullerton as soon as we get word from the house we applied to, and as you know I'll be working in Riverside...so....)
PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Pre-LSD Beatles
WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: People talk about Orange County being sterile, but that’s a terribly inaccurate. To love Orange County, you have to be a sleuth. You have to WANT to find things. You need that inquisitive spirit, since there’s so much to discover. From the best Vietnamese food in Westminster, to garage bands practicing in industrial warehouses in Santa Ana to live artists at Fullerton hip-hop shows, you’ll see that each city has its own unique character. The best part? You (almost never) have to pay for parking.
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