A Lateral Pass from Reyner Banham!

Posted by peterlunenfeld on February 24th, 2021 filed in Uncategorized
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William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, wrote a really thoughtful piece in the LA Review of Books. I love the final image: Lunenfeld has his own lineup of imagined teammates for playing his breed of Los Angeles catch: “Eve Babitz takes the ball and passes it off to Jean Stein. Carey McWilliams tosses to Mike Davis. Charles and Ray Eames flip the ball back and forth to one another. Scotty Bowers laterals a pass through the window of Reyner Banham’s car. Now a quarterback, Banham parks his automobile, darts over to the Sunset shoulder and, improbably, lofts a long pass to Peter Lunenfeld, running west in the city on the edge of forever, looking for, finding, and telling eclectic L.A. stories.”


Colloidal Suspension

Posted by peterlunenfeld on January 21st, 2021 filed in Uncategorized
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 “Colloidal Suspension: Immersion and the Pedagogies of Making” is a mix of media theory, design practice, and digital humanities published by Sensate: A Journal for Experiments in Critical Media Practice. The piece combines an essay on immersive, virtual, and augmented realities, a curated selection of UCLA undergraduate work from my Desma 104: Design Futures class, and a boundary-pushing format based on Google Sheets by renowned designer Denise Gonzales Crisp.  Sensate is a peer-reviewed, open-access, media-based journal for the creation, presentation, and critique of innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences published by Harvard University’s Critical Media Practices program.


On the Frontier

Posted by peterlunenfeld on December 24th, 2020 filed in Uncategorized
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The Winter Huntington Frontiers issue has a cover story on Octavia Butler and the new bio written by Lynell George. There’s a nice write-up on City at the Edge of Forever as well: “How did Los Angeles start the 20th century as a dusty frontier town and end up a century later as one of the globe’s supercities—with unparalleled cultural, economic, and technological reach? … Lunenfeld, the 2015–16 Dana and David Dornsife Fellow at The Huntington weaves together the city’s art, architecture, and design; juxtaposes its entertainment and literary histories; and explores its restaurant kitchens, recording studios, and ultra-secret research and development labs. In the process, he reimagines Los Angeles as simultaneously an exemplar and cautionary tale for the 21st century.”


LA TACO!

Posted by peterlunenfeld on December 24th, 2020 filed in Uncategorized
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The 2020 L.A. Taco Book Guide: 32 L.A.-Centered Books to Read, Gift, and Get Inspired On” featured City at the Edge of Forever: “Lunenfeld’s essays reimagine Los Angeles, ‘creating a series of internal connections between the disparate, but also around common themes.’ Art, architecture, and design are at the center but literary, and entertainment histories overlap as a wide array of extratextual references pepper the narrative from Cabrillo’s 1542 arrival in California to the Kogi Truck to former LAPD Police Chief Daryl Gates to Dia de Los Muertos. Some of the obscure esoteric stories shared within these pages make the book fascinating, from Sandstone’s erotic utopia to the aerospace industry’s secret history. Lunenfeld knows where many of the bodies are buried, and a few of them are mapped in these pages.”


A Conversation with Jeff Schechtman

Posted by peterlunenfeld on November 17th, 2020 filed in Uncategorized
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A great talk about the future of Los Angeles hosted by Jeff Schechtman


Home Town Hero

Posted by peterlunenfeld on November 16th, 2020 filed in Uncategorized
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Made the bestseller list at my local, Book Soup, “Bookseller to the Great and Infamous.” 


POSTHOC’s Susan McTavish Best

Posted by peterlunenfeld on November 16th, 2020 filed in Uncategorized
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Had another amazing conversation about City at the Edge of Forever, this time with the extraordinary salonnière (that’s super smart and connected host) Susan McTavish Best, the founder of POSTHOC salons, posted our talk on YouTube.


Talking with Ren Weschler

Posted by peterlunenfeld on November 16th, 2020 filed in Uncategorized
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Getting to talk with the great Lawrence Weschler about City at the Edge of Forever was one of the highlights of the fall. Chevalier’s put the discussion up on YouTube.


Chevalier Zoom 6:00 PM, 9/17

Posted by peterlunenfeld on September 14th, 2020 filed in Uncategorized
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Founded 1940

I’ll be talking with the inestimable Lawrence Weschler about City at the Edge of Forever via Zoom sponsored by the Larchmont Village-based Chevalier’s Books, LA’s oldest independent bookstore. It’s 6:00 PM PST / 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, September 17. Click here for the Zoom link


Drive-In at the Edge of Forever

Posted by peterlunenfeld on September 10th, 2020 filed in Uncategorized
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I can now truthfully say that I’ve played the Strip

On August 22nd, I did a socially-distanced, drive-in reading on Sunset Strip over pirate radio. Taking place in the parking lot of the former Tower Records, just across the street from Book Soup, it was the first of its kind in Southern California. We sold out, people loved the deli-inspired onigiri rice treats from Jeff’s Table, everybody got a copy of the book, and overall, it came close to being a night out in the big city in the Before Times. KCBS news did a great report on it.