Writing in today's CityBeat, Catherine Seipp gives the recent best-selling novel by famously ex-LAT writer Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez a read and likes it. She also revisits the much-chronicled flameout of Valdes-Rodriguez' career at the Times and sounds some sympathetic notes, acknowledging what is often overlooked: the woman is talented.
I also realized that there may have been something else besides the lurid nuttiness of Valdes-Rodriguezs career implosion that fascinated media rubberneckers: She has a supreme gift for narrative drive. Long, angry rants about the office normally become tedious very quickly, but that notorious 3,400-word screed was riveting all the way through. Equally riveting was a second, lesser known letter 3,200 words this time that an unemployed Valdes-Rodriguez sent a year later to Jim Romeneskos virtual media bulletin board, apologizing for the first one and begging to be taken back into journalism.
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