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Beyond Baroque

A stack of old books at the entrance that are part of the exterior façade.


Beyond Baroque is a literary organization based in Venice Beach. I am visiting to attend a reading by four feisty women authors, one of whom is my writing mentor, Gayle Brandeis.


Gayle's first novel, published in 2002, was The Book of Dead Birds, which had featured a Korean woman and her half-black daughter. The main storyline has the daughter, Ava, drive out to Salton Sea to try to save dying birds, in her mother's green Hyundai Sonata. Now I find a lovely parallel in Gayle herself, as she drives her own mother's green Hyundai Sonata, shown here parked on the street and off-focus; sadly, the parallel came about because of the untimely passing of Gayle's mother in 2009, and the Sonata had been her final automotive purchase earlier in 2009.


The Book of Dead Birds had been one of my favorite reads, and it had been a special experience for me to photograph some relevant sights during my South Korean travels, and to share them with Gayle, who herself has yet to visit Korea. (And for that matter, for those Korean photographs, I was driving around in yet another Sonata.)

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Taken on July 2, 2011