Joy Nicholson


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  • 12 years ago | Books

    “Forget how famous you’re going to be as a writer — are your verbs flabby?” In a world where even unknown artists talk like businesspeople and PR apparatus, speaking to novelist Janet Fitch is a bit like getting a bracing, ...

  • 12 years ago | Longform

    Santa Monica blogger Mark Sarvas takes pleasure in “confronting the canard that no one reads in L.A.” His blog, The Elegant Variation ( — or TEV, as it’s known to its many readers —...

  • 12 years ago | Longform

    ON ANY GIVEN WORKDAY, John Philbin might encounter tsunami waves, dolphins, sea lions or beautiful Hollywood actresses. His office attire consists of “4/3 wetsuit, booties, hood and gloves, sometimes goggles and a hat in the summer.” T...

  • 14 years ago | Art

    Photo by Ted Soqui If you happen to turn too quickly while on your way to get a lap dance at Jumbo’s Clown Room, or if you’re on your way to see the Thai Elvis impersonator at the Palms restaurant, you may come across an enigma wrapped i...

  • 14 years ago | Books

    Photo by Ron Athey In The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, under the section titled “How To Escape From a Mountain Lion,” there is the plaintive advice: “Try to make yourself appear bigger by opening your coat wide!” Whic...


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