SOME of you may know me as the author of a reasonably gloomy book on the arts, the recession, digital technology, and our fraught cultural future. When I was approached recently by the Los Angeles Times to take a look at how cultural institutions, large and small, and individual artists had experienced the 2008 crash, the belated recovery, the ensuing housing crisis, and the rest, I could not really turn it down, party because I was genuinely curious to look with more depth than I had in several years.
What I found is HERE. In numerous ways, Los Angeles has weathered this better than a lot of other US cities. But as you’ll see, the picture is certainly complex. I worked harder on just about anything I’ve done over the last two years — not just on the reporting and research, but getting the balance and proportion right in the writing.
The trick here is that even if we’re all Angelenos, everyone’s story is somehow different.