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Hear about the post-pandemic hangouts of LA writers


Left to right: Dan Marshall, Charles Finch, Meredith Maran, Matthew Specktor, Jason Grote, Lorraine Martindale and Joy Hui Lin at Louise’s Trattoria for a Writers Luncheon.

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By Boris Katchka

Matthew Specktor grew up in Los Angeles, but like many writers gathered for lunch at Louise’s Trattoria on North Larchmont on a recent Tuesday, he spent formative years in New York eating meals of a different tenor.

“I remember one night in the 90s when I went out with two very, very, very famous writers,” he said. “And I’m sitting there, and there’s a lot of cocaine, and there’s arguments about Martin Amis, and I’m just thinking, ‘I just gotta go home, man. It’s nothing; this are just two people with bad opinions!”

Specktor, most recently the author of the memoir “Always Crashing in the Same Car,” quickly returned to Los Angeles, a scene brimming with transplants from colder climes — and bolstered by writers who fight traffic and inertia to find themselves. to regain.

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