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Beats & Rhymes: A Tale of L.A. Literature

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L.A. Letters is a weekly column that celebrates bright moments in literary Los Angeles, alternating each week between written and spoken word.

"L.A. Authors" is a poem I wrote to honor as many L.A. Authors as I could. Initially inspired by Mike Davis, Norman Klein, Lionel Rolfe and Joan Didion, the poem eventually grew to include references to films like Blade Runner, the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter era, the Doors and early '90s Hip Hop.

Top photo: The Last Bookstore by Flickr user reidab used under a Creative Commons license.

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