Can anyone explain why, after all these years, the Los Angeles Times Book Review continues to announce its nominees not in Los Angeles but - wait for it - New York! Playing into every cliche of continental inferiority complexes. We're happy, as a service to the Los Angeles Times, to provide a list of venues that would serve at least as well as New York's National Arts Club:
* Canter's Deli
* The corner of Sunset and Vine
* The Whiskey a Go Go
* Parking Level Two at the Beverly Center
* David Ulin's house
* The Magic Castle
Or there are, you know, legitimate venues like movie theatres, the Disney concert hall, and others. Of course, at this rate, the 2008 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will probably be held in Central Park.