In The White Album, Joan Didion famously 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 in her Daytona yellow Corvette Stingray, 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, shaping our own journeys in the process. (Rare Bird Books)
Panel participants: Jori Finkel, Stacie Stukin, Sarah Tomlinson, Catherine Wagley, and Su Wu -
LA-based writer and editor Steffie Nelson has covered art, design and culture for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, W Magazine, LA Review of Books and others. She recently co-authored Judson: Innovation in Stained Glass (Angel City Press) and is currently developing Cosmic City: The History of Seekers in Los Angeles.
Jori Finkel covers contemporary art for The New York Times and The Art Newspaper from Los Angeles. Her new book It Speaks to Me (Prestel) features fifty artists on artworks that inspire them from museums around the world.
Catherine Wagley writes about art and culture in Los Angeles. Her work has recently appeared in the Los Angeles Times, ART News, and Artforum and she is a contributing editor at Momus and Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (CARLA).
Su Wu is a writer and curator living in Mexico City with her partner and their daughter. She is an art editor for n+1.
Sarah Tomlinson is the author of the father-daughter memoir, Good Girl (Gallery Books). She has ghostwritten or cowritten seventeen books, including the NYT best seller Fast Girl (Dey Street Books) with Suzy Favor Hamilton. Her essays have appeared in Marie Claire, MORE, Publisher’s Weekly, Salon.com, and others.
Stacie Stukin is a journalist and essayist who was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, W Magazine, and Architectural Digest. She is currently working on a novel.
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