What makes LA wonderful and terrible simultaneously

Los Angeles is sprawling, yet constantly congested. Glamorous and gritty. Deeply diverse. And yet it can’t shake the stereotype that it’s a superficial, vapid, La La Land.

In a new book, editor David Kipen compiles what’s been written about LA, including the good and the bad from locals, transplants, visitors, historic figures and celebrities. The book is “Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018.”

Author David Kipen. Photo credit: Rick Loomis



  • David Kipen - former director of literature at the National Endowment for the Arts; founder of Libros Schmibros Lending Library; writing lecturer at UCLA - @LibrosSchmibros