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LAist Interview: 1947 Project

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It's surprising to realize that Kim Cooper and Nathan Marsak started the 1947 Project blog just last March because we can't imagine our daily routine without it.

Kim publishes "Scram, the journal of unpopular culture" and co-edited "Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth" and the new "Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed." Nathan, author of "Los Angeles Neon," is working on a book about America's historic mortuaries.

Their own blog best explains its mission:

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Los Angeles in 1947 was a social powderkeg. War-damaged returning soldiers were threatened by a new kind of independant female, who in turn found her freedoms disappearing as male workers returned to the factories. These conflicts worked themselves out in dark ways. The Black Dahlia is the most famous victim of 1947's sex wars, but hardly the only one. The 1947project seeks to document this pivotal year in L.A., through period reporting and visits to the scenes as they are today.

LAist is running this interview in two parts. Today we are publishing a joint interview with the the two editors. Tomorrow, we plan to publish another interview that Kim and Nathan have agreed to answer in the guise of an LA resident in 1947.

Photo credit: Mark Edward Harris.

Age and Occupation:

Kim: 38, Editrix

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Nathan: 38. Writer.

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?:

Kim: Born in the blue Scientology building opposite Kaiser Hollywood (it was Cedars of Lebanon at the time). Live in the flats of Lincoln Heights (not in the Brewery).

Nathan: Santa Barbara native, so at least I grew up with LA television. Been here since 1993. I'm in Highland Park.

Why do you live in Los Angeles?

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Kim: It was good enough for my great-grandparents, and it’s good enough for me.

Nathan: I watched the riots on TV in '92, and from the snowy-white comfort of Wisconsin, said "now that's a town." I moved out in time to be greeted by the Northridge quake. Been a hoot ever since! The real question is, though, why do I stay? There's a balance: I catch wind that we may lose Monty's steak house, and I think, that's it, I'm gone. But then I hear the Broadway Hollywood neon is being relit and I figure this place is redeeming itself.