who we are

Kim Cooper edits Scram, a journal of unpopular culture, and compiled anthologies on bubblegum music and the greatest records you never heard. She leads offbeat bus tours around LA for Esotouric. Her latest book is “Neutral Milk Hotel’s ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.’”

Larry Harnisch is that rarity among Black Dahlia researchers, a stringent devotee of truth and primary source material. Explore his theories at lmharnisch.com.

Nathan Marsak is the author of Los Angeles Neon and an active member of the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee. He is working on a book on America’s historic mortuaries.

Mary McCoy is a librarian who studies culinary history and hard-boiled fiction when off the reference desk.  She reads about 150 books a year (including the comics), and blogs about them here.

Lynn Peril is obsessed with used books (particularly old sex and dating manuals, etiquette and self-help books and health, beauty and fashion guides) and other detritus of popular culture, especially that concerning gender-related behavioral prescriptions. Her most recent book is College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens and Coeds, Then and Now (W.W. Norton).

Joan Renner serves a docent for the Los Angeles Conservancy; her specialty is giving tours of Union Station.  She is a member of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and gave an invited lecture at the 2nd Annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival.  Her talk explored the art of commercial face powder boxes and beauty ephemera from the art deco era.

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