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DJ WALDIE


Nobody “sees” Los Angeles with more eloquence.

     - Susan Brenneman, Opinion Editor, Los Angeles Times

Waldie … is one of the writers responsible for developing a Southern California aesthetic in which what’s most vivid about the place is everything we might take for granted somewhere else.

     – David Ulin, Book Critic, Los Angeles Times

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DJ WALDIE


Nobody “sees” Los Angeles with more eloquence.

     - Susan Brenneman, Opinion Editor, Los Angeles Times

Waldie … is one of the writers responsible for developing a Southern California aesthetic in which what’s most vivid about the place is everything we might take for granted somewhere else.

     – David Ulin, Book Critic, Los Angeles Times

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D. J. Waldie has published five books of non-fiction, each dealing with different aspects of ordinary lives. Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir explored the intersection of personality and place. Real City: Downtown Los Angeles Inside/Out observed the gentrifying city at the start of the 21st century. Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles collected a decade of Waldie’s essays about cultural history and urban politics. Close to Home: An American Album is a meditation on the American snapshot. No Circus, in collaboration with photographer Randi Malkin Steinberger, explores the phenomenology of houses tented for termite fumigation.

His most recent publication is an investigation of the place of Los Angeles in the art of Ed Ruscha, included as an essay in the exhibition catalog Ed Ruscha and the Great American West.

In collaboration with Diane Keaton, he provided the text for two photographic explorations of domestic life. California Romantica  traces this history of the Spanish Colonial Revival style in Southern California. House examinis post-modern interpretations of home.

He also is the author of Poem: A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance, an American translation of Stéphane Mallarmé’s Poème: Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard.

D. J. Waldie is a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times. He writes a twice-monthly column for KCET that explore the cultural and political histories of Los Angeles.

in 2017, he was awarded the William R. and June Dale Prize by the faculty of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona. In books, essays, presentations, and commentary on urban issues, Waldie has sought to frame the suburban experience as a search for a sense of place for millions of ordinary Californians. Often using his hometown of Lakewood as a starting point, Waldie’s work ranges widely over the history of suburbanization and its cultural effects.