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I'm a reporter/writer based in Los Angeles, telling the city's story one sentence at a time.  My latest book, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame (published by Angel City Press), is a collection of essays and photographs exploring Los Angeles' ever-shifting terrain.

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Book Review:  Sarah M. Broom's The Yellow House

via Los Angeles Times 

There are a handful of world-stage cities that outsiders assume they not only know but deeply understand — even if they’ve never once set foot there. Subsumed in myth, these boldfaced locations include Paris, New York, London and most certainly Los Angeles.

New Orleans occupies its own specific place in that constellation, says writer Sarah M. Broom. “When you come from a mythologized place as I do, who are you in that story?”

Broom was born and raised in New Orleans East. That is east of the Industrial Canal and across the Danziger Bridge from the glamorous notion of New Orleans — of French Quarter gaslights, street musicians and laissez les bon temps rouler seduction — that feeds the world’s imagination. In her tough yet tenderly wrought book “The Yellow House,” she explores that dissonance, the long-term effects of erasure and the price of staking a claim on unpredictable territory.

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