D. J. Waldie
D. J. Waldie is a cultural historian, memoirist, and translator. In books, essays, and online commentary, he has sought to frame the suburban experience as a search for a sense of place. Often using his hometown of Lakewood as a starting point, Waldie’s work ranges widely over the history of suburbanization and its cultural effects. D. J. Waldie was named one of L.A.'s most influential interpreters by Los Angeles Magazine in 2006 and his writing was called "a gorgeous distillation of architectural and social history" by the New York Times in 2007. In 2008, novelist and memoirist Patricia Hampl, writing in Commonweal, said "Waldie's range is staggering - from intimate, touchingly respectful revelations of family life and spiritual reality to a precise history of land development and public policy regarding water use (and don't imagine this is the boring part). Waldie has written nothing less than the spiritual autobiography of the midcentury American suburban dream. It proves to be a subject worthy of tragedy and of his remarkable elegy." He blogs at www.djwaldie.com. His Twitter feed is @djwaldie.Read more Read less
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