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We have a major intellectual crush on Dana Goodyear. We?ve loved the New Yorker staff writer?s local dispatches for years, with her dry wit holding forth on everything from Ed Ruscha?s backyard to Trader Joe?s ?Two Buck Chuck.? So we?re looking forward to meeting this creative-cool lady next week when she reads from her new book, The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard.

Goodyear has always been a poet on the side. The Venice resident and mother of two, whose recent journalism has tackled Los Angeles?s zesty foodie culture (including local underground dining club Wolvesmouth and the recent foie gras hullabaloo), says her poems are a way of grappling with life in Los Angeles. 

Her new collection is rich with finely observed images ranging from the workaday (casual walks, a spider) to the transgressive (pornographers, wildfires). On Tuesday, February 5, she?ll be reading from and signing copies of Oracle at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. 

Hers is also a book we can favorably judge by its cover: an image of flames by local artist Francesca Gabbiani. Alluring and a little scary, it?s a lot like Goodyear?s poems.

Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave.; 323-660-1175 or

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