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Old 05-22-2008, 01:40 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Back east everywhere you go you see people reading. L.A., not so much.
LOL...so true. Maybe it's the weather. I remember years ago going to a major bookstore here and asking the clerk if he had any poetry books by Sylvia Plath. He said, "Who's that?"

I think you'd have a lot more luck on the west side. Or maybe Claremont.
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Old 05-22-2008, 02:30 PM
 
Location: West LA
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The Mystery Bookstore in Westwood is a cool place. It's fun to chat about books with the owner. Dave's Olde Book Shop in Manhattan Beach is probably my favorite used bookstore around. Angel City Books near Main St in Santa Monica is nice too, and has a cafe/book shop next door. From my experience, LA has plenty of literary opportunities, they are just not centralized so you have to go out and find them... kind of representative of the city as a whole.
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Saw this today. Has to be interesting. May try it in a couple weeks when I'm out there;

Tour centers on Charles Bukowski's L.A. | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:18 PM
 
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Jeez.
Ray Bradbury is still living and still doing occasional visits to bookstores and other events. The man is a living legend and one of the greatest writers to come out of Los Angeles.
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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Default Most Literate Cities

Every year, there's a study published on the "most literate cities" in America.

Los Angeles is currently #53 out of 69 cities studied.

America's Most Literate Cities

For comparison: Minneapolis is #1; New York City is #28.
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:32 PM
 
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L.A. (and CA generally outside of SF) isn't known for being "intellectual/literary" like New England. People are more into snowboarding and getting collagen injections.
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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L.A. (and CA generally outside of SF) isn't known for being "intellectual/literary" like New England. People are more into snowboarding and getting collagen injections.
At least people in L.A. know what's important in life. Reading? No, looking good.
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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I've lived in NYC. They have more of an attitude that they are more literate. They think they are more literate. But I find people in LA to be about as literate as those in NYC. I find LA people to be more humble.
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Old 12-06-2008, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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What's a book?
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:40 PM
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Literacy takes many forms

Many in the financial and tech industries are reading, counting and analyzing enormous volumes of data in front of various computer screens every day....

Archaic stuff like printed books, magazines, bookstores....and fiction are about as intellectually boring to many as are any TV shows, movies, concerts or sporting events....

Agree, East Coast has lots of empty intellectual posturing and lots of allegedly well-read obese people...

I tend to look at which regions actually create valuable new companies and industries....places like Boston and rest of Eastern US, ex-Manhattan and Greenwich, are woeful economic and intellectual underachievers....must be all that reading....
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