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Waiting for Lipchitz at Chateau Marmont

Aris Janigian

Eighteen weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list

Set in two iconic locales--Hollywood's legendary Chateau Marmont and Fresno's amazing Forestiere's Underground Garden--Waiting for Lipchitz at Chateau Marmont is a bold and colorful critique of the California Dream through the perspective of screenwriter who has gone from riches to rags. A kind of Hollywood version of Waiting for Godot, Janigian's Lipchitz is a stunningly original take on the absent protagonist and what is illuminated in the void.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book
  • Publish Date: Feb 23rd, 2016
  • Pages: 176
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.70in - 0.70in - 0.75lb
  • EAN: 9781942600190
  • Categories: Literary

About the Author

Aris Janigian is author of three previous novels, Bloodvine, Riverbig, and This Angelic Land. He is also co-author, along with April Greiman, of Something from Nothing, a book on the philosophy of graphic design. A Ph.D. in psychology, from 1993 to 2005 he was senior professor of Humanities at Southern California Institute of Architecture. He has published in genres as diverse as poetry, social psychology, and design criticism. He was a contributing writer to West, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, a finalist for the William Saroyan Fiction Prize, and the recipient of the Anahid Literary Award from Columbia University.
Praise for this book
Eighteen weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list

"Lipchitz is a lament about the devaluation of serious literature and the way Hollywood's entertainment culture is destructive, not only to Los Angeles city life but to world culture itself."
--Los Angeles Review of Books

" A scathing dispatch of Hollywood and American culture."
--The Huffington Post

"What ultimately emerges is the beauty of Janigian's prose, his joy at having found the right word, the right phrase, or the right rhythm for a sentence...Janigian's images do, in fact, suggest the spiritual calm of a sanctuary."
--The Armenian Weekly

"Here, in the flat heat, hidden gardens, and agricultural bounty of the Central Valley, Janigian finds a voice closer to Saroyan and Steinbeck, and a California that can still sate more substantial human hungers . . . Janigian serves up a brilliantly bipolar mix of memory and observation, fury and speculation."
--Joe Day, author of Corrections and Collections: Architectures for Art and Crime