The LA Times Festival of Books is moving to the USC campus this coming spring, after spending all of its previous years at UCLA.
While I love the UCLA campus (and loathe the UCLA parking structures), USC has an equally beautiful campus (and one to which I feel a strong…ahem….personal attachment).
Mostly importantly, is a terrific move from a symbolic perspective. It’s nice to have the FOB on the Westside and all, but after 15 years in Westwood, it’s a great idea to move it to place that, by its more central location, reaches out psychologically-speaking to the whole of the city.
You go, LAT FOB!
Here’s a link to the actual LA Times story on the LA Times FOB story.
Kevin Roderick at LA Observed posted the memos sent out by the LAT and USC. (In fact, I got the news from the memo sent out by USC President Max Nickias.)
PS: Franklin Avenue points out that the Times is saying that USC is closer to public transportation —which happens to be true. (Not everybody who loves books drives and parks, y’all.)
PS: I’ve seen a bunch of tweets on the issue that suggest “Westsiders aren’t going to be at all happy about this!”
Well, I am a Westsider (a Topanga Canyoner, to be exact), and I would like to respectfully suggest that we can all…get a freaking grip!