KCET “Departures” Features Lionel Rolfe

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February 1, 2012 · Posted in Miscellany 

KCET web columnist Mike Sonksen devotes his January 27, 2012, column to two longtime chroniclers of Los Angeles life: “Lionel Rolfe and Johnny Otis: Literary Icons of L.A.” KCET TV is the former LA PBS affiliate, now an independent broadcaster. It also maintains a lively commentary website. Sonksen tells his readers in opening:

“Lionel Rolfe is an author and journalist who’s written about L.A. writers longer than just about anyone. His best-known book, “Literary L.A.,” first published in 1981 and now in its 3rd edition, is a pioneering work that melds literary criticism, biography, and narrative journalism. Rolfe’s catalog of work foreshadowed the current explosion of studies on Los Angeles authors. Week after week in his Sunday column for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner he wrote profiles of writers like Henry Miller, Robinson Jeffers, Malcolm Lowry, Charles Fletcher Lummis, Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Oscar Zeta Acosta and many others. His essay collection Fat Man On the Left is a compendium of his best writings, often about his darkest hours living and working in California.”

The full article is available HERE.


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