Sunday, September 16, 2007

From Z to A and The Real Long Goodbye

Pat Reagh, a designer and printer in Sebastopol, just sent me two letterpress editions of Victoria Dailey's From Z to A: Jake Zeitlin, Merle Armitage and Los Angeles' Early Moderns and Judith Freeman's The Real Long Goodbye: The Unconventional Marriage of Raymond and Cissy Chandler. They're both beautiful works, sponsored by the UCLA Library. I can't wait to read them.

Pat will design and print the Bonnie Cashin lecture I gave last year at UCLA, so I'm eager to see how it comes out. The lecture was called "Always in Fashion? Carey McWilliams, California Radicalism, and the Politics of Cool."

Victoria Dailey is the lead author of LA's Early Moderns, for which I wrote an Amazon review (see the link to your starboard). My SF State class finishes reading Chandler's The Big Sleep tomorrow night, so I want to have a look at the Freeman piece today. Her book on Chandler and the women in his life, The Long Embrace, has just been published by Pantheon.


At 9:47 AM , Blogger Frank P. Barajas said...


A fellow Claremont grad. student by the name of Dave Parker completed a dissertation on the Zeitlin book store titled, "Small renaissance : Jake Zeitlin, bookseller, and the cultural world of Los Angeles, 1925-1948." I don't recall if you used it for your book.



At 10:57 AM , Blogger Peter Richardson said...

No, don't think I did, though I'd love to read it.


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