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David Kipen

David Kipen, a former NEA director of literature, teaches at UCLA and is the proprietor of the Libros Schmibros lending library in Los Angeles. His latest book is Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018.

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Where We’re From

Put your Golden State knowledge to the test with this California-shaped crossword puzzle.

Jul 1, 2020
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Thomas Pynchon Unmasked

The great California writer—if unknowingly—answers our questions about a U.S. Department of Jesus, moving back to the Golden State, and winning a Nobel Prize.

Feb 24, 2020
The bar at Musso & Frank Grill is the kind of place where a fast-talking, hardworking gumshoe or Anniversarist might grab a martini and get a hot tip.

Time Turns Around at Musso & Frank

Two-thirds authenticity to one part apocrypha, Musso & Frank Grill turns 100.

Aug 19, 2019
november 11, 1918 the end of world war i enables los angeles’s soldiers to return home, stimulating the local economy

L.A.’s Annus Mirabilis

1919 was an extraordinary year for Los Angeles, the city gained a major art museum, a movie studio, a university, a symphony, and a little restaurant called Musso & Frank.

May 6, 2019
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