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November 11, 2007 | Christopher Sorrentino, Christopher Sorrentino is the author of two novels, "Sound on Sound" and "Trance," the latter of which was a finalist for the National Book Award.
VIKAR JEROME, freshly arrived in Los Angeles, is baffled.
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December 27, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Carolyn Kellogg and Hector Tobar
'Welcome to Night Vale' Storytellers Twice monthly, an eerily calm voice reports the news from Night Vale. Like other small towns, Night Vale has PTA meetings, local construction projects and a high school football team. However, most small towns aren't haunted by a glowing cloud, their stray dogs don't have three heads and passing sandstorms don't create replicants. "Welcome to Night Vale" is a podcast created by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor that's a mash-up of H.P. Lovecraft and "A Prairie Home Companion.
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May 19, 1996 | Schuyler Ingle, Ingle is a writer-drone living in futuristic Seattle
If Steve Erickson were a rocker and not the remarkable writer he is, "Amnesiascope," his sixth novel in the last 10 years, would be something of a compilation CD, one of those greatest hits accumulations of past work. Though set in a Los Angeles of some sort of post-apocalyptic future, "Amnesiascope" revisits an awful lot of the writer's past scribblings. Characters sail in from previous work, as do ideas and settings.
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June 27, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Last week there was a hubbub over a Kickstarter campaign to fund a "seduction" guidebook that included passages that encouraged men to be assertive with women. "Don't ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances," and other amateur advice justifiably set off alarm bells. Yet the furious attention that followed backfired -- the small, self-published book got funded eight times over. Can literary projects on Kickstarter that aren't offensive do the same? One that might  is for a 25-minute film adaptation of the story "Oblivion" by David Foster Wallace (watch the video above)
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December 18, 1989 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Erickson has an apocalyptic imagination and a one-room apartment in Hollywood. But it's OK, really. At last--pushing 40 and thanks to his dark vision--he's who he wants to be: published novelist, four books to his credit, good reviews, a growing reputation. He also has a steady job and a regular income, more constant money than he's seen for a long time, he says. It could be a lot worse. For 15 of the last 20 years it was a lot worse.
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October 15, 1989 | Charles Bowden, Bowden is a free-lance writer
Steve Erickson, a surrealistic novelist based in Los Angeles, traveled 7,000 miles by train and auto in 23 states tracking the 1988 presidential election. He was in Atlanta for the Democratic convention, but mainly bagged the event by television in his hotel room. He was in New Orleans for the Republican Convention, but split before it began in order to take in the music and bars of Austin, Tex., as well as a UFO belt in the Panhandle. He was periodically hounded by Sen.
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November 5, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
It was only a day or two into the worst of the Southern California fires, and novelist Steve Erickson had just packed the car up so his family could flee their Topanga Canyon house. They ended up staying put, watching from home the flames that could have been raging from a page of one of his novels. In Erickson's L.A., an unexplained sandstorm, the sudden emergence of an enormous lake in the center of the city and other unannounced breaches of time and space occur almost casually.
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December 14, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
What made 2012 a compelling year in reading? For me, it was the return of the novel of ideas. These are novels that both portray and reflect upon the spirit of their moment, telling not just a story but using it to illustrate something about the world in which we live. It's been an endangered form since at least the early 1960s, when Philip Roth wrote that reality "is continually outdoing our talents, and the culture tosses up figures daily that are the envy of any novelist. " PHOTOS: David L. Ulin's top 10 books for 2012 This seems an especially prescient observation these days, when public and private blur together and information travels at the speed of light.
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March 23, 2012
These Dreams of You Steve Erickson Europa Editions: 309 pp., $16 paper
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June 27, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Last week there was a hubbub over a Kickstarter campaign to fund a "seduction" guidebook that included passages that encouraged men to be assertive with women. "Don't ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances," and other amateur advice justifiably set off alarm bells. Yet the furious attention that followed backfired -- the small, self-published book got funded eight times over. Can literary projects on Kickstarter that aren't offensive do the same? One that might  is for a 25-minute film adaptation of the story "Oblivion" by David Foster Wallace (watch the video above)
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December 14, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
What made 2012 a compelling year in reading? For me, it was the return of the novel of ideas. These are novels that both portray and reflect upon the spirit of their moment, telling not just a story but using it to illustrate something about the world in which we live. It's been an endangered form since at least the early 1960s, when Philip Roth wrote that reality "is continually outdoing our talents, and the culture tosses up figures daily that are the envy of any novelist. " PHOTOS: David L. Ulin's top 10 books for 2012 This seems an especially prescient observation these days, when public and private blur together and information travels at the speed of light.
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November 6, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Since the start of the year, Steve Erickson has been blogging the presidential race at the American Prospect, and if you're not election-ed out, or so stressed that you can't read another word about the voting, his closing post, “The President as Metaphor,” is a profound and subtle look at why this matters so much. Erickson, of course, is an astute political observer, the author of two books of campaign reporting, “Leap Year” and “American Nomad,” in addition to his nine novels.
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March 23, 2012
These Dreams of You Steve Erickson Europa Editions: 309 pp., $16 paper
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March 23, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Zan Nordhoc's unhappy family is certainly unhappy in its own ways in Steve Erickson's new novel "These Dreams of You. " For instance, in a third-act twist he suggests that the nanny of the protagonist's adopted daughter (and, potentially, that child's secret birth mother) was conceived in a booze-slathered Berlin orgy with David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Well, that's one way to pep up the family holiday newsletter. But if it's possible to be disappointed by a group sex cameo with '70s art-rock stars, it's because Erickson's novel is, in many other ways, a finely felt hike through the messy ways relationships and history define us. But you have to hack through some serious storytelling weeds to get there.
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November 11, 2007 | Christopher Sorrentino, Christopher Sorrentino is the author of two novels, "Sound on Sound" and "Trance," the latter of which was a finalist for the National Book Award.
VIKAR JEROME, freshly arrived in Los Angeles, is baffled.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
It was only a day or two into the worst of the Southern California fires, and novelist Steve Erickson had just packed the car up so his family could flee their Topanga Canyon house. They ended up staying put, watching from home the flames that could have been raging from a page of one of his novels. In Erickson's L.A., an unexplained sandstorm, the sudden emergence of an enormous lake in the center of the city and other unannounced breaches of time and space occur almost casually.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Carolyn Kellogg and Hector Tobar
'Welcome to Night Vale' Storytellers Twice monthly, an eerily calm voice reports the news from Night Vale. Like other small towns, Night Vale has PTA meetings, local construction projects and a high school football team. However, most small towns aren't haunted by a glowing cloud, their stray dogs don't have three heads and passing sandstorms don't create replicants. "Welcome to Night Vale" is a podcast created by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor that's a mash-up of H.P. Lovecraft and "A Prairie Home Companion.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Since the start of the year, Steve Erickson has been blogging the presidential race at the American Prospect, and if you're not election-ed out, or so stressed that you can't read another word about the voting, his closing post, “The President as Metaphor,” is a profound and subtle look at why this matters so much. Erickson, of course, is an astute political observer, the author of two books of campaign reporting, “Leap Year” and “American Nomad,” in addition to his nine novels.
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May 19, 1996 | Schuyler Ingle, Ingle is a writer-drone living in futuristic Seattle
If Steve Erickson were a rocker and not the remarkable writer he is, "Amnesiascope," his sixth novel in the last 10 years, would be something of a compilation CD, one of those greatest hits accumulations of past work. Though set in a Los Angeles of some sort of post-apocalyptic future, "Amnesiascope" revisits an awful lot of the writer's past scribblings. Characters sail in from previous work, as do ideas and settings.
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