July 25, 1993
In his review (Book Review, June 13) of Janet Kauffman's novel, "The Body in Four Parts," Jim Krusoe contrasts Kauffman's style with "the clean, well-lit, clutterless prose of that malest of writers, Hemingway." One might well ask why "clean, well-lit, clutterless" prose is so evidently "masculine" and if one should thus infer that "feminine" prose is "dirty, dark and cluttered"? Of course Krusoe uses the less pejorative terms, "rich, luxurious and heaped-on" to describe Kauffman's language but it seems to me that women authors are restricted more than liberated by labeling this particular style as "feminine."
April 12, 1992 |
Up to six of Los Angeles' midsize arts groups will be selected next month for the Arts Organization Stabilization Initiative, a new grants program operated by the city's Cultural Affairs Department and the county's Music and Performing Arts Commission. The pilot program, in the planning stages for nearly a year, will offer a one-time, five-year grant to groups with budgets of $100,000-$800,000 who present multicultural, avant-garde or culturally specific work (from underserved communities).
January 28, 1992 |
Art--visual, literary or otherwise--is nowadays seldom produced to please. Instead, artists working at the forefront often attempt to unsettle, offend and sometimes even outrage their audience. Hard work, when you stop to think that they must compete for those responses against powerful images from so-called real life.
June 16, 1991 |
At the first Santa Monica College Writers' Conference in 1987, Jim Krusoe, one of the co-founders of the fiction workshop, watched uncomfortably as author Ann Beattie reduced a young student to tears by harshly criticizing her manuscript. "Ann was real cruel, I think, about this woman's writing," said Krusoe, a creative-writing instructor at the college for more than 11 years.
April 24, 2011
Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY Writing Seminar Series for Adults : 826LA presents a panel discussion featuring Dan Harmon, David Eick, Aaron Ginsburg and Wade McIntyre covering different aspects of writing for television and film. Meltdown Comics, 7522 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. $12. (213) 413-3388. http://www.826la.org. MONDAY David R. Fett : The co-author of "White Sleeper" will read and sign his new novel. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free.
April 25, 1999 |
Editor's Note: Is there a Los Angeles literature? And, if so, what are the factors (sense of place, climate, speech, character) that define it? Or, to put it another way, we perhaps know what we mean when we speak of Nathanael West, Raymond Chandler and Joan Didion, but does the Los Angeles they so well described (and which is now so well established in the popular imagination), any longer exist?