James Wolcott’s memoir about being a writer in 1970s New York and his lengthy chapter on film critic Pauline Kael made me excited to read Brian Kellow’s recently released biography of her.
So I went to Book Soup, a cozy bookstore on the Sunset Strip, to meet him and get an autographed copy of his book.
I began reading A Life in the Dark at a lounge-y restaurant in the NoHo arts district section of North Hollywood. I’d never been to The Eclectic before but I loved it - seriously one of the best Los Angeles restaurants I’ve been to yet. Delicious cream cheese-stuffed french toast and this magnificent alcoholic minty chocolate milkshake-tasting thing. Plus, being in NoHo it’s surrounded by a lot of art galleries, so the walls are covered with entrancing photos and paintings. NoHo is no joke when it comes to creative food, cocktails, and decor.