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STEFFIE NELSON discusses her new anthology SLOUCHING TOWARDS LOS ANGELES with contributors DAN CRANE, JESSICA HUNDLEY, TRACY MCMILLAN, CAROLINE RYDER and MARGARET WAPPLER
 

Slouching Towards Los Angeles: Living and Writing by Joan Didion's Light (Rare Bird)

In The White Album, Joan Didion wrote that “a place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively…loves it so radically that he remakes it in his image.” Cruising the freeways in her Daytona yellow Corvette, taking it all in behind dark glasses, Joan Didion claimed California for all time. Slouching Towards Los Angeles is a multi-faceted portrait of the literary icon who, in turn, belongs to us. This collection of original essays covers the turf that made Didion a sensation—Hollywood and Patty Hearst; Malibu, Manson and the Mojave; the Summer of Love and the Central Park Five—while bringing together some of the finest voices of today’s Los Angeles and beyond. Slouching Towards Los Angeles is a love letter and thank you note; personal memoir and social commentary; cultural history and literary critique. Fans of Didion, lovers of California, and fellow writers alike will all find something to dig into, in this rich exploration of the inner and outer landscapes Joan Didion traveled, coloring our own journeys in the process.

This evening's event will feature contributors DAN CRANE, JESSICA HUNDLEY, TRACY MCMILLAN, CAROLINE RYDER and MARGARET WAPPLER along with editor STEFFIE NELSON reading and discussing the book and Joan Didion's life and work.

Slouching Towards Los Angeles features writing from: Ann Friedman, Jori Finkel, Margaret Wappler, Jessica Hundley, Christine Lennon, Catherine Wagley, Su Wu, Joshua Wolf Shenk, Laurden Sandler, Michelle Chihara, Sarah Tomlinson, Linda Immediato, Tracy McMillan, Dan Crane, Steph Cha, Caroline Ryder, Joe Donnelly, Monica Corcoran Harel, Alysia Abbott, Stacie Stukin, Heather John Fogarty, Marc Weingarten, Scott Benzel, and Ezhra Jean Black

Los Angeles-based writer and editor Steffie Nelson has covered art, design and culture for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, W Magazine, L.A. Review of Books, and others. She recently coauthored Judson: Innovation in Stained Glass (Angel City Press) is currently developing Cosmic City: The History of Seekers in Los Angeles. www.steffienelson.com

Dan Crane is a writer, professional air guitarist (retired), and author of To Air is Human: One Man’s Quest to Become the World’s
Greatest Air Guitarist
(Riverhead Books).

Jessica Hundley is an LA-based writer, director, and producer. She has authored books for Taschen, Chronicle, and others. In her journalism and directing work, she explores art, music, and film with a focus on counterculture, metaphysics, and psychedelia.

Tracy McMillan is a television writer, memoirist, relationship expert, and host of the reality show Family or Fiance on OWNTV. Her viral TEDx talk, “The Person You Really Need to Marry,” has more than eleven million views.

Caroline Ryder is a British screenwriter, ghostwriter, and journalist based in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

Margaret Wappler has written for Elle, Washington Post, Slate, The New York Times and many other publications. Her debut novel, Neon Green, was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and was praised as “witty and entertaining” by the Los Angeles Times.

Event date: 
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Slouching Towards Los Angeles: Living and Writing by Joan Didion's Light Cover Image
By Steffie Nelson (Editor), Jori Finkel (Contribution by), Ann Friedman (Contribution by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781644280676
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Rare Bird Books - February 11th, 2020