The Remains of LA blog has a mission: to "visit all the cool old places in LA (not all at once)." I met its proprietress today, working at my local Burbank library, and I share her passion for LA's old restaurants, though I lack her devotion! As she notes, "sometimes the food is good, and there are nice people."
She's reviewed 58 restaurants across LA County so far -- given that she's a librarian, her reviews sometimes feature book accompaniment and conversational suggestions, as well as this category: "What Sort of Ghost I’d Expect to Find if I Believed in Ghosts Which I do Not." If you want to eat at a diner where every spot at the counter gets its own self-serve toaster or just Dr Hogly Wogly's Bar-B-Que, this is the guide to turn to.
One of the things I love about LA is that it is simultaneously a giant city and a collection of small towns, the kinds of place where the main streets haven't been so overrun by real-estate speculation as to drive out locally owned, beloved institutions. From my front door, I can walk to a century-old chili counter, a 50-year old deli and Italian counter-service place and a 70-year-old neon-lit steak joint (I go to all three regularly).
Remains of LA is exactly the guide I've been looking for since I moved back to California -- I'm really excited to start trying its recommendations!
When I lived in Toronto, I had a group of friends who were eating at every restaurant in the city in alphabetical order. As much as I admire their dedication to the alphabet, the Remains of LA guide seems to hold a lot more promise for a reliable meal.
REMAINS OF L.A.
I'm in the midst of couple of weeks' worth of lectures, public events and teaching, and you can catch me in Toronto (for Word on the Street, Seeding Utopias and Resisting Dystopias and 6 Degrees); Newry, ME (Maine Library Association) and Portland, ME (in conversation with James Patrick Kelly).
Octavia Butler (previously), the brilliant Afrofuturist, McArthur Genius Grant-winning science fiction writer, died far, far too soon, leaving behind a corpus of incredible, voraciously readable novels, and a community of writers who were inspired by her example.
EFF has just posted a job listing for a development director, seeking someone to "take charge of EFF's eleven-person Development Team in their efforts to raise over $13 million each year," starting late 2019 or early 2020.
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