A Casual Anthology: Clothes, Coffee, Crushes, Crimes
Edited by Susan LaTempa










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ISBN 978-1-945551-24-6
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ISBN 978-1-945551-25-3
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Paperback L.A. Book 2
Paperback ISBN 978-1-945551-37-6
ebook ISBN 978-1-945551-36-9

Paperback L.A. Book 3
Paperback ISBN 978-1-945551-49-9
ebook ISBN 978-1-945551-50-5

Dive Into Los Angeles

Paperback L.A. is a surprising and witty collection of some of the best writing about Los Angeles. More than a dozen major selections include new work and fresh discoveries: a radio broadcast, a ballad, a magazine article, excerpts from prizewinning novels and memoirs. These pieces are punctuated by perceptive photo essays, a quotable lineup of one-liners, and other quick hits.

In the company of a virtuosic band of storytellers, Paperback L.A. roams across the decades, from just after the Mission era to just after Hollywood’s golden age, from the post-hardcore punk scene to a reimagined today. With Susan Sontag, we visit Thomas Mann. With Paul Beatty, we turn a Metro ride into a PCH party. With Héctor Tobar, we search for people who lived somewhere around here. With Victoria Dailey, we look in on the boys in the backroom. Photographers share vivid moments of street sights, skaters at play, and activists on the march.

Paperback L.A.’s contributors have attitude, and they have information. Each inspired work illuminates some aspect of the city’s rich, spread-out reality. Some shine a quick klieg light on a moment or person, others gradually reveal a dawning sense of place—in settings that range from a 1920s rural dance pavilion to 1960s Dodger Stadium, with subject matter that sprawls from bookselling to bodysurfing.

Read an excerpt from Paperback L.A. on LitHub by clicking HERE!

Contributors to Paperback L.A. Book 1

Eve Babitz • Paul Beatty • Dan Bern • Arna Bontemps • Carlos Bulosan • Cecil Castelucci
Victoria Dailey • William Heath Davis • Robert Landau • Justin Andrew Marks • Steve Martin
Hugo Reid • Vin Scully • Susan Sontag • Clancy Sigel
Hector Tobar • Victor and Mary Lau Valle
Elysa Voshell/Venice Arts

Praise from the Press

Los Angeles magazine

“While the format is perhaps casual, and the book accessible, this first volume’s thematic focus is intense, vivid and thoughtful, obviously informed by research, affection, and a critical editorial process. There’s a careful curation of voices here, each elaborating on, complicating, arguing for a perhaps previously unconsidered part of the Los Angeles story. Eclectic and revisionist, brave, and, yes, incredibly fun.”
Bibliocracy, KPFK public radio Los Angeles

The Paperback L.A. Website

Check out Paperback L.A., the site, for event news, trivia quizzes, excerpts, and more.

About the Editor

Susan LaTempa is a Los Angeles editor. At LA StyleWest Coast Plays, Padua Hills Theater Festival, WestwaysThe Los Angeles Times, and Liberty Hill Foundation, she’s worked with journalists, playwrights, novelists, recipe developers, landscapers, photographers, and videographers. She’s concentrated on addressing L.A.’s vast, cosmopolitan audiences, in the process helping shape dozens of memorable articles, reviews, memoirs, parodies, essays, theater pieces, and videos that have illuminated so many aspects of L.A.