A Lateral Pass from Reyner Banham!

Posted by peterlunenfeld on February 24th, 2021 filed in Uncategorized

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.”

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