New Media Entity Focuses On Diversity; Carrie Brownstein Riffs On Underground Roots @LATimes Festival of Books
Nobody seemed to mind the cloudy weather, as thousands of patrons gathered on the sprawling USC campus this past weekend for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The 21st annual event hosted a wide variety of readings, performances and “ideas exchanges” with authors and cultural figures of the moment (see the full list here). Notable new media entity #EmergingUS is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas’ crowdfunded media startup, whose stated goal is “to power a new media that reflects America’s diversity.” On the Brovard Auditorium main stage, Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia) riffed with LA Times writer Lorraine Ali on the 90’s punk scene, how she once idolized Madonna, and the current importance of media curators and taste-makers to help surface music and film outside of the mainstream.
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