Literature
Southern California is the mythmaking capital of the world and writers fuel this mythos machine. In Los Angeles’ dilapidated motels and seedy bars, Charles Bukowski found beauty; Joan Didion uncovered emotional vacuity in empty Los Feliz mansions , and Phillip K. Dick delivered futuristic dystopias from Orange County. The hardboiled noir novels of Walter Mosley and James Ellroy reveal the darkness of the soul. Twenty six letters. Ten punctuation marks. Infinite possibilities.
Woody Guthrie and Skid Row in Los Angeles
Woody Guthrie and Skid Row in Los Angeles
Woody Guthrie's songs and writings express an honest understanding of the Skid Row population. During his years in Los Angeles from 1937 to 1941 he spent a lot of time in the L.A. community.
Best of 2015: Literature
Best of 2015: Literature
Throught 2015, Artbound examined California's literary past, present and future. Today, join us in looking back at the year's most popular articles on the discipline.
The Hybridized Writings of Tisa Bryant
The Hybridized Writings of Tisa Bryant
Author Tisa Bryant's work and pedagogy center around the fluidity of time, space and the meaning of race. Noted for her book, "Unexplained Presence," Bryant can be counted amongst the thriving community of Afrofuturists in Southern California.
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Poetry, Progress and his California Roots
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Poetry, Progress and his California Roots
Juan Felipe Herrera officially takes over his duties as the nation's first Mexican-American poet laureate this month. He recently shared his thoughts with Artbound about his upbringing, his creative process and his new position as U.S. poet laureate.
Book Project Connects Deported Mexican Parents With Their Children
Book Project Connects Deported Mexican Parents With Their Children
Community project "Cuentos Para Dormir" ("Bedtime Stories") by Sophia Sobko is connecting children and their deported parents through literature.
Citizen: An American Lyric
Citizen: An American Lyric
Award-winning writer Claudia Rankine ruminates on tennis phenom Serena Williams, YouTube artist Hennessy Youngman, and African American identity in this excerpt from her book "Citizen: An American Lyric."
Writer Claudia Rankine On White Blindness, The Black Body, and the Freedom to Live
Writer Claudia Rankine On White Blindness, The Black Body, and the Freedom to Live
Award-winning writer Claudia Rankine's newest book "Citizen: An American Lyric" is a collection of poetry, prose and imagery that addresses race, racism and privilege though several voices. The work has been adapted into a play at the Fountain Theatre running through October 11.
Unpacking Maggie Nelson's 'The Argonauts'
Unpacking Maggie Nelson's 'The Argonauts'
Blending memoir and lyrical essay, Maggie Nelson makes an exploration of family, and the processes taken with her partner, transgender artist and performer Harry Dodge, to build one in new book "The Argonauts."
All Night Menu Serves Up L.A. Stories
All Night Menu Serves Up L.A. Stories
San Sweet's book series "All Night Menu" tells the stories of people, places, and histories that lay beneath Los Angeles street numbers and names.
The View from the Air: Mapping L.A. Radio
The View from the Air: Mapping L.A. Radio
What would L.A. "look like" if you could navigate it, translate and understand it, by way of its radio air?
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