S5 Ep. 29: ‘A War I Saw Unfolding Firsthand’: Héctor Tobar Reflects on the 30th Anniversary of the L.A. Riots


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Novelist and journalist Héctor Tobar joins Fiction/Non/Fiction hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell to talk about the articles he wrote on the L.A. riots both as they took place in 1992 and this year on the 30th anniversary. Tobar also reads from his 2020 novel The Last Great Road Bum, and discusses how his fiction writing and journalism have informed each other.

This podcast is produced by Anne Kniggendorf.

Selected Readings:

Héctor Tobar

The Last Great Road Bum

Deep Down Dark

The Tattooed Soldier

Translation Nation

The Barbarian Nurseries

“The L.A. Riots Were 30 Years Ago. I’m Still Trying to Understand Them,” by Héctor Tobar

● “COLUMN ONE : South L.A. Burns and Grieves : Life has been hard in the neglected area for years. But now, as self-inflicted wounds mount, residents fear for the future,” by Hector Tobar and Jonathan Peterson

“Tape of L.A. Police Beating Suspect Stirs Public Furor,” by Hector Tobar and Leslie Berger


James Alan McPherson

Ralph Ellison

David Foster Wallace

Roger Ebert

Don Quixote, Cervantes

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