Living and writing in L.A. includes reading too. Can’t call yourself a writer if you don’t read. My next Book Club reading includes two good works: L. A. Noir and Southland. I’m deep into both of them and highly recommend them for a look at L.A.’s dark side. It’s not, never has been, all sunshine and tans here. If you’ve read any L.A.-based writers that should have been made crystal clear. All time favorite of mine on that score is Raymond Chandler’s body of work (especially The Big Sleep). Nobody does noir like Chandler.