NonFiction

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A Drink of History: Nonfiction by Robert Joe Stout

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Seeing them anchored in Mexico City’s touristy Centro Historico I wanted to cry. Pulquerìas de la moda. Clean, smart, yuppie. Customers in button-down collars, shiny alligator boots. Trim-waisted women in tailored slacks. Bartenders accustomed to serving politicians, German tourists. Not the way they were during my student years in then less-than-respectable Colonia Escandòn. And not…

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Writerly, Weird & Unwieldy: An Interview With Wendy C. Ortiz

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Angelenos—pay attention. We have a new muse. She comes in the form of the wise-eyed, corkscrew-curled Wendy C. Ortiz, author of last year’s hypnotizing debut memoir, “Excavation,” and most recently, the enigmatic “Hollywood Notebook” (available now). Ortiz’s writing, from her poetry to her lyric nonfiction, is intimate, like a whisper, but erupts on the page in such a…

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