Melody Soto
Melody Soto

Melody Soto is a journalist living in the San Fernando Valley.

She loves a good story.

Q&A

LOCATION: The Valley

WHAT INSPIRES ME: Passionate people!, "the Other," clouds that resemble things, old clothing, cowboy boots, gothic cathedrals, Joan Baez, rocks and mountains, a really good film, dark chocolate and the sweet sound of music.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: Sycamore Cove, a majestic summer (or any other time of the year) getaway.

FAVORITE WRITERS: William Faulkner, Jane Austen, Albert Camus, Pablo Neruda, Jerzey Kosinski, and my wise high school philosophy teacher: Ray Linn.

ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Can I have a picnic? I'm assuming the person in question must be alive, so, it would have to be environmental artist, Christo.

MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: I don't know if I have the time for this..

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Nothing too upbeat. I have a tendency toward the meloncholy. Folk music will do the trick, something written ages ago relating to never marrying or being murdered. I like Jackson C. Frank and more contemporary folksy folk when the creative juices run low and a deadline is approaching.

WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: The diversity of Los Angeles is extraordinary. I can wander off to any given direction and instantly be transported to a remote corner so distinct from my starting point.

We have the beach and mountains in our backyard.

Why not embark on a new expedition everyday?

Recent Articles
Cardboard Crafting: Ana Serrano's Paper Worlds
Cardboard Crafting: Ana Serrano's Paper Worlds
Artist Ana Serrano constructs cardboard-made sculptures inspired by Latino pop culture, and the beauty found in the day-to-day built environment of L.A.
Year in Review: Collage and Assemblage Art
Year in Review: Collage and Assemblage Art
We've selected our most memorable articles of 2013 that covered collage and assemblage art.
Santa Barbara Weekender: Portraying Destruction, Folklorico Performances and a Public Art Lecture
Santa Barbara Weekender: Portraying Destruction, Folklorico Performances and a Public Art Lecture
This week, we take Weekender to Santa Barbara County.
San Bernardino Weekender: Art Crawls, Americana and a Group Exhibition
San Bernardino Weekender: Art Crawls, Americana and a Group Exhibition
Here's a look at San Bernardino weekend arts and culture events.
Riverside Weekender: Coachella Murals, Desert Writers' Symposium and A Day With(out) Art
Riverside Weekender: Coachella Murals, Desert Writers' Symposium and A Day With(out) Art
Want to know which art events Riverside County is hosting this weekend? Get all of the information here.
Weekender: Black Friday Art Events, Community Gatherings and Lots More
Weekender: Black Friday Art Events, Community Gatherings and Lots More
Read the compiled list of art events taking place in Los Angeles during Thanksgiving weekend.
Weekender: From San Diego Architects to Tijuana Music Fests
Weekender: From San Diego Architects to Tijuana Music Fests
Today on Weekender, Artbound gathers a list of art events taking place in San Diego and Tijuana.
Weekender: Art, Music, and Events Across Los Angeles
Weekender: Art, Music, and Events Across Los Angeles
Weekender highlights art events taking place across Southern California.
Around the Counties: Day of the Dead in Southern California
Around the Counties: Day of the Dead in Southern California
Want to be part of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Southern California? Here's a list of events compiled by artbound.
Around the Counties: Looking into Los Angeles County Arts with Robby Herbst
Around the Counties: Looking into Los Angeles County Arts with Robby Herbst
Robby Herbst contributes to Around the Counties from Washington D.C. this week. The columnist recommends three events.
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