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The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in L.A.

La. A urban that's synonymous with big name and mass-market tradition, is usually, in response to David James, synonymous with social alienation and dispersal. within the groups of la, artists, cultural associations and actions exist in ways in which are frequently hid from sight, obscured by way of the robust presence of Hollywood and its machinations. during this major selection of unique essays, The little kids of Los reconstructs town of l. a. with new cultural connections. Explored listed below are the groups that supply possible choices to the image of L..A. as a conglomeration of studios and mass media. each one essay examines a specific piece of, or position in, l. a. cultural existence: from the past Baroque Poetry starting place, the Woman's development, to Highways, and LACE, in addition to the achievements of those grassroots projects. additionally incorporated is necessary observation on vital artists, together with Harry Gamboa, Jr., and others whose paintings have performed a lot to form pop culture in L.A. The cumulative impression of interpreting this e-book is to work out a truly assorted urban take form, one whose cultural panorama is way extra leading edge and reflective of the variety of the city's humans than mainstream notions of it recommend. The little children of Los bargains a great and complex photograph of how tradition performs itself it out at the smallest scale—in one of many biggest metropolises on earth—contributing to a richer, extra textured knowing of the vibrancy of city lifestyles and paintings.

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1971). This anthology also included work by Luis Campos. 4· Interview with Harry Northup, 8 June 1999. 5. D. 6. George Plimpton and Peter Ardery, The American Literary Anthology / 2: The Second Annual Collection of the Best from the Literary Magazines (New York: Random House, 1969), 13 2 -35. 7· Beyond Baroque NewLetters, vol. , no. /73, 3. The necessity of printing directions to Beyond Baroque with an explicit warning ("It is advised that you follow these directions exactly unless you already know where we are") illustrates the relative unfamiliarity of Venice to most people in Los Angeles at that time.

When Souza closed The Bridge, Hansen and Harris searched for another place to continue the workshop. Harris heard about Beyond Baroque from a newspaper announcement, and together they went to Beyond Baroque on a Thursday evening. 2o Although the Thursday evening event soon ceased its informal presentation, its titular energy certainly continued to influence how individuals found their way to Beyond Baroque. Like many of the young poets who would arrive at Beyond Baroque during its first ten years, Jim Krusoe was the first in his family to attend college and also had a disaffection with the society that provided that education.

35. Although many literary organizations develop a reputation for concentrating on their own constituency, the startling thing about the six writers chosen for these volumes in a free, open competition was that none of them was closely associated with Beyond Baroque. These poets included Eloise Klein Healy, Maxine Chernoff, and Watts Writers Workshop member K. Curtis Lyle. 36. Jack Grapes, interviewed by Bill Mohr, 23 February 1999· 37. Robert Kirsch, book review of The Streets Inside: Ten Los Angeles Poets, edited by Bill Mohr (Santa Monica: Momentum Press, 1978), in Los Angeles Times, 27 April 1979.

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