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

  • Gay Talese's book 'The Voyeur's Motel' got the author in hot water. But is it any good?

    Gay Talese's book 'The Voyeur's Motel' got the author in hot water. But is it any good?

    What happens to a book when the news about it — the side story — begins to overwhelm the sentences and paragraphs? That’s one of the dilemmas around Gay Talese’s “The Voyeur’s Motel,” which the author briefly disavowed recently after the Washington Post uncovered discrepancies in its chronology.  ...

  • L.A. plays it cool on a hot night in Little Tokyo

    L.A. plays it cool on a hot night in Little Tokyo

    Sunday night, I went with my kids to Little Tokyo to get sushi at a place we like. Because it’s often hard to get seated at the restaurant, we timed it carefully, aiming to arrive no later than 7. These are the accommodations one makes in a city, the edge that knowing a place can bestow. It worked,...

  • Why I hate Waze

    Why I hate Waze

    On a recent evening, caught in traffic on the way to Hollywood, my wife suggested we use Waze or Google Maps -- some app or another to help us work around the crush of cars and trucks that mired the macadam like a mud flow. This is the sort of technology I should like; I will go blocks out of my...

  • An avenue named Vin Scully

    An avenue named Vin Scully

    Far be it from me to begrudge Vin Scully, but when the City Council voted in January to rename Elysian Park Avenue in honor of the Dodgers' announcer, I was not on board. Elysian Park Avenue, after all, has been a street here for more than a hundred years; as Sallie W. Neubauer, past president...

  • Book Critic David L. Ulin's top 10 books of 2015

    Book Critic David L. Ulin's top 10 books of 2015

    We can never read enough. This is both the joy and the frustration of reading for a living: that we can never read enough. I face such a limitation each year when it comes time to make this list: alphabetically by title, the most memorable books I covered one way or another during the last 12 months...

  • Celebrating the complexity of contemporary culture: David L. Ulin's best books of 2015

    Celebrating the complexity of contemporary culture: David L. Ulin's best books of 2015

    Books are not supposed to be about the news — or so the conventional wisdom goes. They take too long to write; timeliness is impossible to predict. And yet in 2015 it was news, or fallout from the news, that kept emerging in works as diverse as Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," Maggie...

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