WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 AT 7PM
SLOUCHING TOWARDS LOS ANGELES
hosted by STEFFIE NELSON
with JOE DONNELLY, ANN FRIEDMAN, HEATHER JOHN FOGARTY, MONICA CORCORAN HAREL, CHRISTINE LENNON
In The White Album, Joan Didion famously wrote that “a place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively…loves it so radically that he remakes it in his image.” Cruising in her Daytona yellow Corvette Stingray, taking it all in behind dark glasses, Joan Didion claimed California for all time. Slouching Towards Los Angeles is a multi-faceted portrait of the literary icon who, in turn, belongs to us.
This collection of original essays covers the turf that made Didion a sensation―Hollywood and Patty Hearst; Malibu, Manson and the Mojave; the Summer of Love and the Central Park Five―while bringing together some of the finest voices of today’s Los Angeles and beyond. Slouching Towards Los Angeles is a love letter and thank you note; personal memoir and social commentary; cultural history and literary critique. Fans of Didion, lovers of California, and fellow writers alike will all find something to dig into, in this rich exploration of the inner and outer landscapes Joan Didion traveled, shaping our own journeys in the process.
L.A.-based writer and editor Steffie Nelson has covered art, design and culture for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, W Magazine, LA Review of Books and others. She recently co-authored Judson: Innovations in Stained Glass (Angel City Press) and is currently developing Cosmic City: The History of Seekers in Los Angeles.
Joe Donnelly is an award winning journalist, editor, and writer. His short story, "Bonus Baby," was selected for the prestigious O. Henry Prize Stories 2016 collection. In his past life he was the deputy editor of the LA Weekly and the co-founder/editor of Slake. His book, L.A. Man: Profiles from a Big City and a Small World was published in April, 2018. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Journalism at Whitter College.
Ann Friedman, is a journalist, essayist, and media entrepreneur who loves talking to strangers and finding new ways to explain the world. She co-hosts the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, and a short-run series called Going Through It. Right now she is writing a book with Aminatou Sow. It's called Big Friendship and will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2020.
Heather John Fogarty writes for publications such as Australian Vogue, Marie Claire, Los Angeles Magazine, the LA Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, C California Style, The Hollywood Reporter, and Bon Appétit, where she was wine and spirits editor from 2004 to 2011. Prior to joining Bon Appétit, she was senior style editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine. She currently teaches journalism at USC Annenberg.
Monica Corcoran Harel is a NYT best-selling author, journalist and screenwriter, who covers culture for The New York Times, ELLE, and Marie Claire. Her sweet spots are beauty, fashion, relationships and feminist issues. She has created award-winning content for companies like Estee Lauder, Morgan Stanley and Lionsgate Entertainment. Right now, she’s writing a feature film for Netflix.
Christine Lennon is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor. Before she moved to the West Coast to start her freelance career, she was an editor at W, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. Since then, she has written for publications including T Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, W, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, C California Style, Marie Claire, Self, Porter, and The Edit online magazine—among others. Her first novel, The Drifter, was published February 2017.
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