3 Books about Los Angeles That Southern California Readers Will Love

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3 Books about Los Angeles That Southern California Readers Will Love


Hill, Allison K., Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


The late Christopher Hitchens once wrote of Los Angeles, “It’s mostly full of nonsense and delusion and egomania.”

There may be a little bit of truth there, but beneath the shimmery surface of SoCal sunshine, sand and superficiality there are also breathtaking moments of depth and humanity here in the land of eternal sun.

These three new books with SoCal roots are good reminders of just that.

Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast by Marc Maron and Brendan McDonald

I drive to work with comedian Marc Maron on a regular basis. We’re actually neighbors, though he doesn’t know that – or me, for that matter. My husband introduced me to Maron’s podcast a couple of years ago, and Maron’s been my constant companion on “the 2″ freeway every morning since.

Even if you don’t know Maron by name, you’ve probably seen his work. Over the course of his career he’s been a writer, actor, stand-up comedian, radio show host, late night talk show guest, an IFC star, and, most recently, a lead in the new Netflix comedy-drama GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling).

But since 2009, Maron’s steady gig has been the twice-weekly podcast WTF (produced by Brendan McDonald) in which he interviews comedians, politicians, and celebrities (President Barack Obama, Louis C.K., Robin Williams, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Sofia Coppola, to name a few) out of his garage in Highland Park.

Maron is smart, self deprecating, cynical, and funny, but most notably he’s a truly gifted interviewer. On the surface he may be a neurotic guy cracking jokes, but underneath he’s a brutally honest man who in his quest for connection with others inspires people to go deep, moving beyond small talk and publicist-approved questions, talking to them about their real lives and their deepest selves. Maron’s new book, “Waiting for the Punch,” is a collection of excerpts from the podcast, arranged by category — relationships, identity, mortality, and addiction, to name a few — and it reads like a much-needed manual for the human experience.

The Museum of Broken Relationships

In 2003, two artists ended their relationship and started collecting personal artifacts from other failed relationships. …

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