Literary L.A. - Lionel Rolfe

There are few roles more unrequited than that of a Los Angeles intellectual--
ignored, on the one hand, by The New York Review of (Each Other's) Books
and shunned, on the other, by the high-priced screenwriters of Malibu. Such
was the plight of the late Lionel Rolfe. An early columnist for The Los Angeles Free Press, he was fascinated by the hold his city had on writers, and in Literary L.A. wrote about many of them from Aldous Huxley and his  apocalyptic visions in the Mojave Desert to Charles Bukowski and his
paradise of red vinyl booths and barroom pool tables. Rolfe also tracked 
down and interviewed those who knew Bertolt Brecht and other political
exiles who lived in relative comfort during World War II, thanks to studio
work. Now re-issued by American Legends, Rolfe's book deserves
permanent recognition as a lively and informative look at writers--
including Henry Miller, Dorothy Parker, Nathanael West--who 
made their home--sometimes temporarily--in the City of Angels.
American Legends Publishing, 223 pg. Illustrations, $1.00