[Judith Regan] also said she intended to bring a different idea of culture to Southern California. “I would like to create a cultural center,” she said, a sort of salon where authors could meet informally with people in the television and film businesses, with a bookstore and cafe, space for readings or other cultural events and perhaps a studio for a radio show that she hopes to serve as host.
– Trend-Setting Publisher Plans Move to Hollywood, New York Times, April 12
Don’t get me wrong I love Judith Regan to death, but the idea of her coming to LA to perform cultural missionary work seems. . . just. . . so. . . weird.
Brian Grazer, star of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, already speaks fluently about “epistimological shift” underpinning the cultural significance of Deep Throat. Arianna Huffington will soon be launching a blog featuring Hollywood’s highest bold face brows (including Brian’s).
So bringing culture to LA might seem a bit like bringing coals to Newcastle. On the other hand, in perhaps what was a dry-run for the salon, she held a gathering for a distinguished array of her Los Angeles-based authors in LA.
President and Publisher of ReganBooks
Invites you to join a distinguished
array of her Los Angeles-based authors
Thursday, March 31, 2005
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Please R.S.V.P by March 29
But isn’t there some kind of cognitive dissonance inherent in the idea of a cultural salon. . . in the Fox Cafeteria? Unless you were to call it My Big Fat Obnoxious Salon.
– Fenton Bailey