Margaret Wappler
Margaret Wappler

Margaret Wappler wrote about arts and culture for the Los Angeles Times for seven years, and has also published features and criticism in Rolling Stone, the Believer, LA Weekly, and several other publications. Her fiction has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Black Clock, Public Fiction, and was recently anthologized in Joyland Retro. In 2011 she read from her novel in progress with Ann Beattie as part of Benjamin Weissman's New American Writing series at the Hammer Museum, and also presented a multimedia talk on the economics of the music video at the EMP Pop Music Conference. She holds an MFA in Critical Studies from the California Institute of the Arts. She will now withdraw from referring to herself in the third person.


INSPIRATION: Strange natural phenomenon like hot springs, the aurora borealis, the running speed of cheetahs and that swirling island of trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (man-made but we're nature too).


ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Haruki Murakami but only if he gets chatty when he's drunk.

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Just about anything without lyrics, or people at the cafe table next to me talking about their romantic lives.

WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: I saw a coyote and a uniformed policeman on the same hiking path in Griffith Park the other day. Enough said.

Recent Articles
Astral Oriented Art Installations Expand 'Knowledges' at Mt. Wilson Observatory
Astral Oriented Art Installations Expand 'Knowledges' at Mt. Wilson Observatory
The Mt. Wilson observatory will host an experimental art show with photographs, two-dimensional art, and performances and concerts all exploring the relation between man and the universe.
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