November 18 – David Ulin


Wednesday night at 8 pm on KPFK 90.7 FM my guest is a familiar and favorite one, a transplanted and still growing Los Angeleno whose negotiation, renegotiation with and acculturation to and, finally, celebration of Los Angeles and Southern California arrives in a story, a series of short meditative essays called Sidewalking:  Coming to Terms with Los Angeles.  David L. Ulin is the chief books reviewer for the Los Angeles Times, an author of memoir and literary history and poetry, and one of our best critics and local literary arts activist.  Listeners to this show will recognize his voice, wit and enthusiasm by way of his annual visits helping me and the station to promote the annual spring Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and from his most recent effort, arguing and thinking about the place of reading in our lives.  Just now he’s here to read from and talk about a small, intense personal book about a guy who researches his home and neighborhood from the ground up, sidewalk-perspective, through history, architecture, literature, movies and his own life.  Ulin is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, and author or editor of nine books, including the novella Labyrinth, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. This show is available as a free download at the KPFK audio archives.  Buy a book today.