Former LAist Editor interviews Current LAist Editor on One Year Anniversary of his Tyrannical Reign
interview by Carolyn Kellogg
A year ago Tony Pierce took over the reigns of LAist, and I have to say he's done wonders with the place. It's bigger and shinier and got a gorgeous crowd standing out front (that's you). Will he tell us what it's like behind the LAist editor's curtain? Can we ever really know the man, the blogger, Tony Pierce?
Carolyn Kellogg: Where'd you grow up, Tony?
I was born in Washington DC, we moved to New York about two years later to ditch my newborn sister but she found us somehow, so we tried to ditch her by moving into the suburbs of Chicago a year after that, but she tracked us down again. I spent K-12 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Very happily. But I dreamed of LA. I was a huge fan of the mid-'70s Dodgers. They all seemed like the coolest, slickest, manly dudes. The polar opposite of my beloved Cubbies. Also the Lakers at the time were amazingly classy. The whole LA mystique had me. And the day after my high school graduation I was here.
Where do you live now?
East Hollywood, baby. Cheaters call it Los Feliz, but since I'm just south of Sunset, LA City Nerd would call it Little Armenia, so that's what I guess I'm at. It's a particularly safe part of LA because the Scientologists are up and about 24/7 so they're like the best Neighborhood Watch ever. No, seriously. They're sorta freaked by strangers at night, and the strangers are definitely freaked by them. That makes for a very safe block.
What was your first place in LA like?
My first apartment was on Innes Street in Venice. When you grow up in the midwest you are probably more appreciative of the beach than anyone in town. I couldn't believe that I could get an apartment just blocks away from the boardwalk for so cheap (back then it was cheap). Little did I know that in the winter once the tourists and cops left the gangs, hookers, drug dealers, and riff raff showed up. I also had serious issues with fleas, cockroaches, and a bad landlord. I soon found myself in West LA, and then later in Inglewood.