David Kipen

David Kipen, a former NEA director of literature, teaches at UCLA and is the proprietor of the Libros Schmibros lending library in Los Angeles. His latest book is Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018.

Thomas Pynchon Unmasked

The great California writer—if unknowingly—answers our questions about a U.S. Department of Jesus, moving back to the Golden State, and winning a Nobel Prize.

The bar at Musso & Frank Grill is the kind of place where a fast-talking, hardworking gumshoe or Anniversarist might grab a martini and get a hot tip.

Time Turns Around at Musso & Frank

Two-thirds authenticity to one part apocrypha, Musso & Frank Grill turns 100.

November 11, 1918: The end of World War I enables Los Angeles’s soldiers to return home, stimulating the local economy.

L.A.'s Annus Mirabilis

1919 was an extraordinary year for Los Angeles, the city gained a major art museum, a movie studio, a university, a symphony, and a little restaurant called Musso & Frank.