The cover of Los Angeles magazine this month is 25 Great Weekends. Cover lines to stories mention R.J. Smith's piece on how L.A. car culture bad boy Von Dutch became a pop culture brand ten years after his death, Richard Rushfield's guide to local Rat Pack haunts and Daniel Duane checking out a lion tracker in the Eastern Sierra. Inside, Margot Dougherty writes on designer Pamela Barish, Ariel Swartley remembers the 1940s noir novels of Dorothy B. Hughes, Steve Erickson parses the culture's fascination with "The Sopranos" and Patric Kuh reviews the menu and struggles of Blair's in Silver Lake. Also inside, I have a politics piece on city controller Laura Chick's new higher profile. None of it is up yet at the magazine's website.
May issue of 'Los Angeles'
More by Kevin Roderick:John Severson, 83, founder of Surfer magazine
LA Observed Notes: 60 Minutes, selling the Coliseum and more
Gil Cedillo, Nick Melvoin win LA runoffs*
LA Observed Notes: Baca goes down, LAX shuffle, media moves
LA Observed Notes: Big TV news, media moves, obits and more
Recent Magazines stories on LA Observed:Mary Melton exits as Los Angeles Magazine sold
Media notes: Nikki Finke going to Harvard, local Ellies and more
Janice Min leaving THR, Matthew Belloni upped
Read the LA Times response to Los Angeles Magazine's piece
LA Magazine says editor Davan Maharaj is what's wrong with the LA Times*
Brian Lowry to CNN and more media notes
How TMZ and Harvey Levin get the dirt
LA's breast fixation and more greatest hits from Los Angeles Mag