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The LAist Interview: Heather Havrilesky

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Critics rarely make proclamations in mainstream print publications such as "we're all sucking on the same pop cultural crack pipe," or emphatically proclaim unbridled anticipation of indulging in a "foul, foul show." That's why LAist is grateful that Heather Havrilesky, the Salon.com television critic, is here to tell us what stinks and what's good, and she does it with prodigious and hilarious frankness.

This tell-it-like-it-is approach has attracted a loyal readership who gladly fork over the annual $35 Salon.com subscription fee in order to get regular access to Heather's "I Like to Watch" column and other articles. She also writes the Rabbit Blog.

1. Age and Occupation:

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2. How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and what neighborhood do you live in?

I've lived in LA for seven years, most of that time in Los Feliz. Right now I live on the border of Eagle Rock and Highland Park.

3. Where are you from?

Durham, North Carolina. Spent the first 21 years of my life there, then moved to San Francisco for five years, then to LA.

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4. Is writing for an online magazine best suited to your style?

Salon is definitely a great place for me. I've considered jobs at other places, but at Salon I have so much freedom. They really trust their writers and have a lot of enthusiasm for eclectic voices. In fact, there are times when I write something mildly obscene or just stupid silly, and I think, "I can't believe my editor didn't cut that." I mean, maybe someone should reel me in a little more.

5. Since your job requires watching endless hours of television, what do you do to relax after a typical workday?

I watch TV.