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Venice in Books A-C
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Venice in Books L-P
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Venice in Books Q-Z
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Novelists, Journalists, Actors, Screenwriters, Directors who live or lived in Venice

Quotations about Venice

Free Venice Beachhead headlines August 1977-October 1985

30 Years Ago
in the Free Venice Beachhead

Free Venice Beachhead Archives 1980-81

Beachhead Archives 1982

Beachhead Archives 1983

Beachhead Archives 1984

1914-1916 Part 1

1914-1916 Part 4

1914-1916 Part 5

John Hamilton

Lighthearted Beachhead pieces

People of Venice (from Beachhead)

Windward Avenue Articles from Beachhead

Art in the Beachhead

Venice institutions from the Beachhead

Venice in Magazines and other ephemeral sources

Birth of Venice:
old-timey magazines

Destiny's Consent by
Laura Shepard

Lions and Gondolas

Rana Ayzeren

Tales of the Blue Meanie by Allan Cole

Another Chapter from Tales of the Blue Meanie by Allan Cole

"Brick" Garrigues

The Spectre

Venice Historical Society

1969 Police Riots

Jack the Liar


Venice in Books D-K

In alphabetical order by author's last name

Mark Z. Danielewski - House of Leaves
One of Johnny Truant's female conquests, Ashley, lives in Venice in a house with a patio surrounded by rubber trees and banana plants. In Appendix D. a letter to the editor is signed by Zampano in Venice.

Sara Davidson - Real Property
I can't remember if this is a novel or a memoir. Davidson moved to Venice in '75. She describes the boardwalk and the real estate boom, the cult of idleness, the upper and lower classes. On the boardwalk, all the wheels make her nervous. Any property available for sale is outrageously expensive and in appalling condition. But she does buy, and is rewarded by making, only a year later, more money on the house than on her entire writing career to date. (Davidson also wrote a very favorable piece for Esquire about Venice, but later moved to Malibu and said in a 1981 interview that you couldn't pay her to live in Venice, which is kind of funny because someone already had.) But a real estate coup wasn't the whole story. During her residency, she was burglarized three times, once by a young man who left behind the jacket he'd wrapped around a brick before using it to break a window. She found a Mothers Day card in the pocket. It said, "I like Venice a lot. I've been sleeping on the beach...." Davidson's Loose Change, a memoir of the '60s, took four years to write and was finished in Venice in July '76.

Mike Davis - Ecology of Fear
This scholarly study of LA notes that 35 people died in a Venice residential hotel fire in 1924. Mentions Venice as one of the areas where landlords pay armed mercenaries to rid their properties of undesirables. Likewise the authorities. In 1997 three Venice mothers sued the federal government for wrongful eviction under the "one strike and you're out" regulations designed to clean up public housing.

Joan Del Monte - Plonk Goes the Weasel
is a film industry mystery; part of the action takes place in Venice

Joan Del Monte - Mud Blood
is partly set in the Venice canal district.

Thomas B. Dewey - The Love-Death Thing (1969)
In the '60s, a detective comes from Chicago to look for a 17 year old girl whose last known address was a house on one of the walk streets.

Eric Jerome Dickey - Friends and Lovers
They arrange a date at "a reggae club down by the Venice waterfront," though they actually go to Marina del Rey. A couple of other glancing references to Venice.

Mark Di Suvero - Archive of Color Photographs of Various Sculptures (1991)
Suite of 14 original color prints of several of the artist's sculptures, focusing on his installations in Nice, France, and on Venice Beach

Carol Doumani - Untitled, Nude (1995)
A novel of passion and greed in the Venice art world

Debra Dresbach - Skate Away L.A. (1980)
"There's hardly a skater who lived in Venice three years ago who hasn't seen his/her picture in an article or on the screen at least once since then."

Donald Duke - Pacific Electric Railway Vol. 4 - The Western Division
includes Venice Short Line

Linda Eber - Changing Venice: Community or Commodity (1982)
photos and interviews

Claudio Edinger - Venice Beach
Pictorial - 86 duotones. Edinger took these pictures when he lived on Ocean Front Walk for a few months in 1984. Some of his subjects lived in Venice, others were typically found there. Artists, a drag queen, Sikhs, a man who keeps snakes and alligators in his apartment, bodybuilders, street performers, a skateboarding senior citizen lady, the alternative clergyman who performed my wedding, yogis, boardwalk vendors, healers who set up shop on the boardwalk, chainsaw juggler, tattoo artist, models, a youth who kid who explains why one area of Venice is called Dog Town.

Environmental Communications - Big Art: Megamurals & Supergraphics (1977)
Editors: David Greenberg, Kathryn Smith, and Stuart Teacher. Shows several Venice murals, including:
***Ocean Park Boulevard at Main - by Jane Golden - Venice in its amusement park heyday, with rollercoasters, lots of people and bright umbrellas, etc.
***18th and Speedway on the side of an apartment building - by the LA Fine Arts Squad - "Venice in the Snow". Ocean Front Walk after a snowstorm, including "several well-known local characters." There's a photo of it with a banner: "Save This Painting - Be Here Sun. 2:00", but the effort failed and another building was put up about a foot away.
***Hart and Neilson - by Wayne Holwick - "Groupie," which was whitewashed over. The same artist painted "Rimbaud" in the same location, and it too was destroyed.
***Ocean Front Walk - by Environmental Communications - on a stucco bungalow, "Pink House," which has since been destroyed.
***Brooks and Pacific - by the LA Fine Arts Squad,
***West Washington Blvd. - by Arthur Mortimer and friends - "Brandelli's Brig," 1973, shows the owners of the tavern standing in front of the place, which has a picture on the side of the owners standing in front of the place....
***1423 6th St. - by Keith Tucker - painted on the wall of Bug Builders in 1973, in return for repairs on the artist's Volkswagen.
***Venice Pavilion - by Arthur Mortimer - one of several murals painted all around the Pavilion in 1970

Delia Ephron - Hanging Up
The protagonist's sister calls to say, "Ruby Tuesday, this neat store in Venice, took thirteen sets of my bead earrings on consignment."

Amy Ehrlich - Joyride
A mother and daughter travel from Vermont to Venice, and the mother‘s secret is revealed.

Leslie Epstein - San Remo Drive (2003)
The protagonist visits a writer who lives around Speedway and 29th, in an old house in bad repair and overgrown with vegetation. There's some nice writing in here.

Leslie Epstein - Pandaemonium (1997)
Atmospheric descriptions of Ozone Ave. and the Boardwalk in the Forties.

Carl A. Faber - On Listening
On the Acknowledgements page of this book it says "Venice California Sept 1976"

Dan Fante - Chump Change
By the author's description, "the book jacket from my first novel was shot on the boardwalk...Chump Change has a long section about the Sunset Saloon and drinking on the beach, etc." The sequel is Mooch, a novel the author says is "about 30-40% Venice and features Small World Books on a page or two as well as Ocean Front Walk." The official blurb says it's about "a drunk in 7-Elevenland who gets a job as a telemarketer and becomes involved with a half-Mexican half-Iranian blue-eyed blowjob crack-whore with a sensational ass.....The pace is frantic with a sense of humor and in-your-face language....It's also a serious novel about a guy who finally pulls his head out of his ass and accepts responsibility for himself, as well as others."

Terry Fisher - Good Behavior
A woman falls in love with a sensitive, artistic ex-con. She moves into his dilapidated house in Venice near the beach. When they pull off their million-dollar job, a modern art heist, the paintings are to be ransomed by throwing money in a waterproof duffel bag from the Santa Monica Pier, and the guy is there with scuba equipment waiting to retrieve it. But he runs out of air, and a lot of other stuff goes wrong, and they get caught and do time at Terminal Island. When they get out they return to a rented apartment in Venice.

Noel Riley Fitch - The Erotic Life of Anais Nin (1993)
Nin adored Venice, often went to the beach with experimental filmmakers Kenneth Anger and Curtis Harrington, and somehow found a spot secluded enough to sunbathe nude. This seems to have been 1948 or thereabouts. Skipping ahead twenty years, during the Summer of Love (1968) many of her friends lived there including poet Lawrence Lipton and disgruntled Venice Post Office employee Charles Bukowski. One of her gang, Harold Norse, worked out at Gold's Gym with Arnold Schwarzenegger who had yet to be discovered.

Sid Fleischman - Disappearing Act
In this book for 3rd and 4th graders, two children whose mother has disappeared, and who know they are also in danger, run to Venice to hide out and assume new identities.

Ruth Francisco - Good Morning, Darkness
Some of the action takes place in Oakwood.

J. F. Freedman - Fallen Idols
Tom goes to a club in an industrial area of South Venice and tries to pick up a woman called Renee but gets in a fight with one of her other admirers instead.

Helen K. Garber - Venice Beach, California Carnivale
the full surreal experience of spending a day at Venice Beach. The official commerative book of the Venice Centennial 1905 - 2005

George Garrigues - He Usually Lived with a Female: the Life of a California Newspaperman
the story of C.H. (Brick) Garrigues, editor of the Venice Vanguard

Libby Gelman-Waxner - If You Ask Me
Says that in the remake of Robin Hood, Kevin Costner "looked scraggly and smelly, like a Venice Beach drug dealer after a night in police custody."

William Gibson - Virtual Light
Some of the action takes place in the Venice of 2005. One character is a film buff who mentions Forbidden Zone, the quintessential Venice movie.

Roland Gilbert and Robert Lia - 72 Market St. Dishes It Out!: A Collection of Recipes and Portraits from a Classic Venice Restaurant (1998)

Joseph Giovannini - Real Estate as Art: New Architecture in Venice California (1984)
photos by Daniel Martinez, produced by Tom Sewell. The stories of unique buildings and their makers. Doing a thorough job, the author interviewed the building inspector who had to deal with these unorthodox designs. Lots of pictures of innovative architecture and its creators.

Herbert Gold - Bohemia: Where Art, Angst, Love, and Strong Coffee Meet
Visits Bohemian meccas of the past and present, all over the world, including of course Venice. Warning: one critic says it manages to make bohemianism dull.

Gerald Jay Goldberg - Heart Payments
In this novel, collagist Dan Asher lives in Venice, so much of the action takes place there. There is also a stolen Rembrandt and a humanistic detective.

Albert Goldman - The Lives of John Lennon
Gives details of the famous sanitary napkin incident. Briefly, that day Lennon came over to where Jesse Ed Davis lived at Venice Beach. He was in a very bad mood from hassling with his wife Cynthia and wanted any kind of dope that was around. Davis gave him a bunch of speed and Lennon went to the liquor store and bought a bottle of vodka and they went to dinner at some restaurant called Lost on Larrabee - a trajectory that culminated later at the Troubadour when a waitress refused to serve the party. According to witnesses, Lennon demanded, "Do you know who I am?" and the waitress said, "You're some asshole with a Kotex on your head."

Jan Goldstein - All That Matters
Brought low by her mother’s death, deserted by father and lover, a woman comes to Venice Beach with suicide on her mind.

Alan Gorg - The Sixties: Biographies of the Love Generation
At least one person from Venice is interviewed.

Sue Grafton - Q is for Quarry
There's a character names Frankie Miracle who used to live in the canal district with his girlfriend Iona. He was a handyman's helper - this was in the days when the canals were a watery slum - so anyway on a meth binge Frankie killed a neighbor named Cathy Lee, and years later a vehicle connected to that case turns up in another case.

Kimberly Gray - Love's Bounty
Police officer working Venice Beach is threatened by a man from her past.

Matt Groening- Life in Hell
This 1990 comic strip titled "The Law of the Briny Deep" commemorates a true incident where an avenging grownup saw two bullies picking on a younger kid, and threw their bicycles in the canal from a footbridge. There's a 1984 one called "Storefront of Doom" where a premises is successively Cafe Bongo, slot car racing palace, Psychedelic Hut, 8-track tape emporium, Z.E.S.T. (Zeal Enrichment Selfhood Training), House of Smileys, Punky's Punk Shop, a tanning salon, and a breakdance lesson shop.

Matt Groening - Big Book of Hell
cartoon of a grafitti wall, one slogan is VENICE SLEAZEBALLS RULE

Katherine Haake - title unknown
Fiction piece in June 1983's LA Reader. A girl is stuck with a no-good stepfather who brings her to Venice to live in an apartment on the boardwalk where he paints all the interior walls black.

Delores Hanney - Venice, California: A Centennial Commemorative in Postcards, 1905-2005

Pat Hartman - Call Someplace Paradise and Ghost Town: A Venice California Life

Charlie Hauck - Artistic Differences
In this novel, the main character's ex-wife has a lover named Emory who is minister of a hip Episcopalian church in Venice, that has a gay and lesbian choir and a female Christ on the cross. He wears Hawaiian shirts to conduct services.

Steve Hodel - Black Dahlia Avenger
This non-fiction book includes information about Amilda Kiyoko Tachibana McIntyre - actress, dancer, musician, astrologer who lived in Venice. She was the mistress first of Hodel then on his father, who allegedly killed her as well as several other women.

Cecelia Holland - Home Ground
"At the end of the trip she crashed off the speed on a stranger's couch in a living room in Venice, reading Kazantzakis and drinking orange juice."

Jerry Hopkins and Daniel Sugarman - No One Here Gets Out Alive (1985)
Plenty of material about Jim Morrison's eventful residency in Venice.

Norman Howard - Kiss in the Hotel Joseph Conrad
Collection of stories, one set in Venice

Angela Hynes - California Natural
Main character is Brighton Doyle, a private investigator with on office on the Boardwalk

Karla Jay & Allen Young - Tales of the Lavender Menace : A Memoir of Liberation (1999)
"Early 1970s feminist and sexual radicalism, from communal living to group sex to life in Venice Beach until the infamous Lesbian raid and the Venice 8."

Ava Kahn - California Jews (2003)
Includes the Jewish community of Venice

Anna Kashfi - Brando for Breakfast
The author quotes Louella Parsons, who was annoyed by Brando's conceit, gall and bad manners - "As far as I'm concerned, he can just ride his little motorcycle right off the Venice pier."

Faye Kellerman - Grievous Sin
Police detectives are looking for a man who disappeared from Berkeley, changed his name and moved to LA. "What's the closest place ideologically to Berkeley in LA?" they ask themselves. Venice, of course. At 6:30 in the morning, they are able to park on the street at Rose and Speedway. Decker finds something rejuvenating about the boardwalk, and notes that nobody bothers to ask for handouts in the morning when only the locals are around.

Jonathan Kellerman - The Murder Book
The protagonist receives a book full of pictures of dead bodies. One is that of a woman artist attacked by the neighbor's dog after three years of arguments, on Ozone Ave. One of the characters is busted for selling dope in Venice, and there is mention of a drive-by shooting on Brooks.

Kenney - Mapping Gay LA: The Intersection of Place and Politics

Marian Keyes- Angels
Lara the lesbian actress lives close enough to the ocean to hear the waves.

Abbot Kinney - Tasks at Twilight
The webslave got all excited about this web excerpt, which claims that Kinney was "known in real life for practicing a particularly free form of Free Love, keeping two different families on separate Venice canals, and penning a book on his sexual theories and practices entitled Tasks At Twilight in order to give vent to his amorous inclinations… " As it turns out, this was written by Theresa Duncan, so it’s probably made up. She was famous for that.

Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter C.P.A. - Rich Dad's Success Stories
One of the case studies they examine is that of Ed and Terry Colman of Venice, described as "1960s free thinkers morphing into twenty-first-century rent collectors"

Alan M. Klein - Little Big Men
Set in a Venice gym in the early 1980s, speaks unkindly of the bodybuilding culture and its people.

Judith Krantz - Dazzle
The novel’s title is the name of a photography studio in Venice owned by Jazz Kilkullen, who is beautiful and of course headstrong.

Maryjane Kwan - A Seashore Memoir
The author is "a person who has dedicated her life to Venice" and the book is illustrated with her drawings.

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