Helena Maria Viramontes: Their Dogs Came With Them (2006)

Today I have the pleasure of acknowledging a brilliant piece of fiction written by Los Angeles, from and for Los Angeles in Helena Maria Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came With Them. ‘L.A.’ in 2018 is a city of over 10 million people by the last estimate, and in several other ways significantly bigger than what it […]

LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas (2015)

Los Angeles! I hope these letters find you well. I just got in after some smooth rickety-rolling through the 210 freeway, and the night is ours. I’m with the InsideOUT Writers program at a juvenile camp in San Dimas through October, and while the ride up is a solid hour’s drive past mid-day heat and glaring metal, the ride back is […]

Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz (1997)

I’m a child of the nineties, so maybe that explains why I seem to be so fascinated with so much of the literature from the period. Or maybe it’s just that what so many writers published during the nineties comes off the pages as being directly related to general discussions about law and order today. To be sure, Mona Ruiz’s Two […]