A Desert of Pure Feeling Judith Freeman, Freeman is author of three novels, including "Set for Life," winner of a Western Heritage best novel prize. "Los Angeles is a very rich place," says Freeman from her MacArthur Park apartment. "It's a source of great stories." She calls "A Desert of Pure Feeling," recently released by Pantheon, "an emotional novel for me. Lucy draws on a bank of memories that are mine."
Outer Space David Wong Louie, Louie is an assistant professor in UCLA's English Department and Asian-American Studies Center. His story collection "Pangs of Love" won The Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for first fiction in 1991. This story is taken from his novel-in-progress, "The Barbarians Are Coming," due in 1997 from Alfred A. Knopf. "A lot of people who find themselves in relationships wake up one day--two kids deep in it--and realize they're not where they belong," Louie says
Cadillac Jukebox James Lee Burke, Burke writes about Louisiana homicide detective/bait-shop owner Dave Robicheaux from his Montana home. "Cadillac Jukebox," to be released by Hyperion this month, is the ninth title in the series, inspired by "one Greek tragedy--the story of Orpheus--and modern times--the events in Mississippi involving a civil rights leader's assassination."
The High Price of L.A.'s Addiction to Business Fees Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Pepperdine Institute of Public Policy and at the Pacific Research Institute. He is also business-trends analyst for Fox TV
Los Angeles' Version of Guns Versus Butter Xandra Kayden, Xandra Kayden, a political scientist at UCLA's School of Public Policy and Social Research, is writing a book on the political structure of Los Angeles. She is the author of "Surviving Power" (Free Press.)
Transformation, Not Turf Wars RUDY TORRES and CHARLES TAYLOR KERCHNER, Rudy Torres is professor of public policy and Chicano studies at Cal State, Long Beach. Charles Taylor Kerchner is professor of education at the Claremont Graduate School. Their e-mail addresses are: and