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Local author Mark Sarvas's literary blog, The Elegant Variation, reminds us that Los Angeles City Beat takes a short and shallow look at the L.A. Literary scene in two pieces: one on local readings and another on the two new LA-based literary journals (does 2 journals make a “scene”?) that focus (for the most part) on voices from Southern California. Apparently, we owe this bounty to McSweeney’s success.

L.A.'s long-neglected literary scene is due some media attention, but we’re disappointed that Los Angeles City Beat forgot to mention the big literary guns enticed to speak at the consistently excellent ALOUD and ZACALO programs presented by Los Angeles Public Library.

Writers can’t exist without the support of libraries. And vice versa.