Christopher Hawthorne Plans a Very Year of Reading About Los Angeles’ Architecture

Do you like books and what’s in them, but don’t really have the time to read them yourselves? Do you wish that your book club only had another person in it and they did all the talking and were super smart about stuff? How about Los Angeles? Do you like that? If you answered yes to all of those questions (even if you didn’t, we’re still going to continue), then you’ll appreciate and enjoy the project the LA Times‘ resident architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne, has just launched. Called “Reading L.A.”, he’ll be “reading through 25 of the most significant books on Southern California architecture and urbanism, moving chronologically and posting a series of brief essays as [he goes].” While the Los Angeles area has long been an easy punchline for catty people like us who live in well-known architecturally significant cities, that’s far from the truth. And if you read this blog with any regularity, you’ll know what huge fans of Hawthorne’s we are, as should you be as well. His current plan is to read two books per month, and up first are 1927’s The Truth About Los Angeles and 1933’s Los Angeles. We can’t wait.