Jenny Burman Jenny Burman
A Los Angeles blog
from Echo Park

Bio | archive
RSS feed

Sunday diary

Sunday afternoon, the air in Echo Park smelled like kerosene and cooking meat. The sounds of scattered house parties filled the big bowl in Elysian Heights from Kite Hill to the ridgeline on Lemoyne and beyond, to the other arroyos and canyons, I am sure. Whle the Superbowl parties were happening, some of us attended a different kind of party -- an Echo Park Historical Society author's presentation by Daniel Hurewitz, who wrote "Bohemian Los Angeles." Planned many weeks ago, the event was not intended as a test for those who are not sure whether they care more about EP history or big-spectacle sports. It was an accident. Nonetheless, the free event was sold-out, the house where it took place packed to the doorways as Hurewitz discussed the book, which centers on Echo Park and Silver Lake from the 1910s to the early 1950s.

Disclosure: I reviewed "Bohemian Los Angeles" for the LA Times books section.

It may have been a tough crowd. Probably four-fifths of the people in attendance live in either Silver Lake or Echo Park and are already fairly well-versed in local history.

More by Jenny Burman:
Up close at Caine's Arcade
LAAS New Hope connection on block
More breaking news
Bear in tree
Polly want a better cage
Recent stories on LA Observed:
WeHo News goes away for awhile, comes back
Glendale ex-official stole from Montrose farmers market, DA says
Another media job open in LA: associate editor for Ms.
LA Times posts books editor opening with a new twist
Disney beats earnings estimates - even with 'John Carter' disaster
Previous story on Chicken Corner: Homeless in EP/Sheba

Next story on Chickn Corner: Billboards and blogs

New at LA Observed
Follow us on Twitter

On the Media Page
Go to Media
On the Politics Page
Go to Politics

LA Biz Observed
Arts and culture

Sign up for daily email from LA Observed

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Show Jenny some love