KATE BRAVERMAN: From The Tropic of L.A.: Novelist and poet

Novelist and poet KATE BRAVERMAN says Eastern editors think Western writers are chimpanzees, but she sees the world quite differently

Q. The American literary scene is populated by many regional writers like yourself, but few enjoy national audiences. Why?

A. Who was it that said, "The region is everything, the nation is a fiction" ? New York writers are really regional writers. It's just that one region purports to be the sensibility of the nation.

Q. Is geography destiny in writing?

A. Yes.

Q. How is that so in your case?

^ A. I am a native daughter of Los Angeles. I remember when it was like a tropical fishing village. There is so little tradition here that it lends itself...

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