Loving Los Angeles Overcoming My Anti-L.A. Bias

This picture is clearly an “After”—as in, after I learned to love Los Angeles. It was taken as part of a photoshoot for our book "Lick" by Ty Foster. A subsequent post will explore my “Before,” both my Bay Area bias as well as the unidimensional Los Angeles of my actual childhood experience (here’s a teaser: malls, Disneyland, freeways, Sam’s Club, trailer parks).

When I moved to Los Angeles from Manhattan in 1998, exactly twenty years ago, my interest in the city had only recently been piqued. Growing up in the Bay Area as I did, hatred of Los Angeles was our birthright—though we characterized it as a rivalry (little did we know, it was totally one-sided). But New York certainly looked down on L.A. too, and I found I had to do lots of explaining about my decision to move here.

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Q&A with Artist and Gummy Bear Savant Dan Golden

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Meet Dan Golden—artist, award-winning eater, and lover of gummy bears.
(FYI he illustrated those pillows.)

In terms of wit, humor, and creativity, Knock Knock has met its match in Dan Golden—artist, designer, and wearer of awesomely-knitted fisherman beanies.* Dan’s vast repertoire of work strikes a welcomed balance between contemporary, polished sophistication and quirky commentary. Read more about The Gummy Bear Book and Sorry I Farted and 24 Other Apology Postcards author, Dan Golden, in this Q&A!

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Meet Jason Shapiro! @LosFelizDaycare Mastermind and The Memory Hoarder's Journal Author

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Los Feliz Daycare runs coconut water through its faucets, encourages kids to recycle their parents’ medical marijuana jars into lunch pails, and is lucky enough to have Thom Yorke as an acting guest professor. It's a wondrous child-care gem for hipsters in the heart of Los Angeles—and it's completely fake. Who is behind the digital curtain of Los Feliz Daycare’s spot-on parody and loveable, boho-mocking Twitter account? Meet Jason Shapiro—a comedy writer who is neither a parent nor a resident of Los Feliz.

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Meet Robert Mahar! The Crafty and Creative Maker You Need to Know

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Have you seen this “Baniwi” video floating around your Facebook feed? The video, featuring a soft-spoken man in a crisp button-up, shares how to combine a kiwi with a banana, and consequently blew the minds of people around the world—mostly gullible ones. Although this video may be completely impossible and untrue, it embodies all our fondness for Robert Mahar's creative mind. Knock Knock recently collaborated with Robert to create our new Paint-by-Number Postcard Kits and Personal Awards Ribbons. These six vintage-inspired gifts, including the paint by number for adults kits, perfectly illustrate Robert’s talent for reinventing old-school crafts with a decidedly modern twist. Read more about Robert in this special Q&A.

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Meet Comedian Dana Eagle! "How to Be Depressed: A Guide" Author

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Dana Eagle’s not your run-of-the-mill comedian. For instance, we assume very few comedians have had the opportunity to be on the receiving end of the legendary Roseanne Barr saying she wants to “hear more about you, growing up and becoming the odd person that you are,” in front of millions of viewers across the world. Dana already has that under her comedic belt.

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