David L. Ulin

Columnist

David L. Ulin is the former book critic of the Los Angeles Times. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author or editor of nine books, including "Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles," the novella "Labyrinth," “The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time” and the Library of America’s “Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology,” which won a California Book Award. He left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • Annie Ernaux caps a remarkable stretch of unorthodox memoirs with 'The Years'

    Annie Ernaux caps a remarkable stretch of unorthodox memoirs with 'The Years'

    Annie Ernaux is ruthless. I mean that as a compliment. Perhaps no other memoirist — if, in fact, memoir-writing is what Ernaux is up to, which both is and isn’t the case — is so willing to interrogate not only the details of her life but also the slippery question of identity. Beginning with her...

  • How the new-old Formosa makes L.A. history

    How the new-old Formosa makes L.A. history

    I like a bar with history. In Los Angeles, that means Musso & Frank, where Fitzgerald and Faulkner drank, along with Raymond Chandler, Carey McWilliams, and James M. Cain. Or the now-defunct Coronet, once connected to the theater on La Cienega where Bertolt Brecht and Charles Laughton premiered...

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