David Kipen

Writer

Kipen is the former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kipen opened the Boyle Heights bookstore and lending library Libros Schmibros in 2010. The former book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle and contributor to multiple volumes of California cultural history, Kipen holds a degree in literature from Yale University. He teaches in the UCLA writing program.

Recent Articles

  • That feels better, L.A. – fixes for four of the city's sorest joints

    That feels better, L.A. – fixes for four of the city's sorest joints

    Los Angeles could use a good chiropractor. Imagine unfolding yourself from the driver's seat after a daylong road trip. Your joints ache. Your feet cramp. Knots and kinks turn up in the damnedest places. So it is with L.A.'s collective transit musculature — only imagine getting out of your car...

  • Norman Lear's memoir looks back at family and 'Family'

    Norman Lear's memoir looks back at family and 'Family'

    At 92, Norman Lear belongs to a world-tilting generation of writers that, these days, he has almost all to himself. Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and not many others remain from the great westward migration of talent that began after Sept. 4, 1951, when the first transcontinental coaxial cable made it...

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