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“Like the naive main characters in so many American novels and films—say, Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive—Baldwin’s Jacob discovers Los Angeles is much different than he expected. . . . In [his] delightful novella, disarming slackers live life on their terms, bringing to mind younger versions of The Big Lebowski.”—Minneapolis Star
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Turtle Point Press
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University of Chicago Magazine
Joshua Baldwin, AB'06

From our pages (Nov–Dec/11): "An underachieving but aspiring young writer from Brooklyn moves to Los Angeles to become a screenwriter. Joshua Baldwin's debut novella, which uses storytelling elements from epistolary exchanges to stream-of-consciousness rants about Walt Whitman and absent grandparents, explores the Hollywood dream and the narrator's psychological deterioration."
Jun 30, 2011 Tosh rated it really liked it
"The Wilshire Sun" is a great quirky fast read. I like the Brooklyn/Los Angeles/Manhattan placing of the story - and it does capture a New Yorker's take on Los Angeles and its neighborhoods. Kind of absurd, but very focused on straight ahead narrative - and its funny. I am going to keep my eye open for future Joshua Baldwin books, etc.
Jan 24, 2012 Thompson rated it did not like it
The main character wanders from New York to L.A. back to N.Y. back to L.A. The character, who ostensibly wants to be a script writer, has basically no ambition. Was the book supposed to be satire or ironic? Who cares.
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Joshua Baldwin is the author of The Wilshire Sun, a novella (Turtle Point Press, 2011), and Poems and Fake Book Reviews, a chapbook (DEpress, 2010). His poetry and book reviews have appeared in Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Publishers Weekly, and The Brooklyn Rail. Born in New York City in 1984, he received his BA from the University of Chicago in 2006 and lives in Los Angeles.
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