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LOS ANGELES ATLAS

LOS ANGELES ATLAS PROJECT TIMELINE
November 2012- LOI guidelines posted
December 31, 2012- LOI deadline 5 p.m. Both digital and paper applications must be received by the project director by this date.
February 1, 2013- Announce first round of proposal invitees March 1, 2013- Full proposal deadline
April 1, 2013- Announce final writers. The final selection of writers will have six months to complete their essays, due October 2013.

COMPLETE LETTER OF INTENT PACKAGE:
____ Applicant contact information form (see below)
–––– Work sample of relevant recent work that demonstrates your capacity as a researcher and writer
____ Resume or CV

LOS ANGELES ATLAS APPLICATION PROCESS
This is a two-part process. First, you need to submit a Letter of Intent that will be reviewed and evaluated by an advisory committee of leading Los Angeles writers, scholars, and thinkers. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal to the committee, which will allow you to more fully develop your idea for consideration. Please direct your LOI and any questions or inquiries to losangelesatlas@gmail.com.

Please attach a letter of no more than two pages that addresses the following questions:
• What are the core themes or questions are you seeking to answer and address through your essay? What special skills or perspective do you bring to the investigation?
• What makes this a quintessentially Los Angeles story, something that couldn’t be replicated in any other place?
What kind of research will be required to tell this story? • How do you envision mapping your essay topic(s)?

Old-Typewriter

Dear Patricia,

This letter addresses the following questions.

Question #1: What are the core themes or questions are you seeking to answer and address through your essay? What special skills or perspective do you bring to the investigation?

Answer: Core themes and questions addressed through the essay are as follows:
+ What are the mysteries of East L.A.?
+ How do the mysteries of East L.A. rate? Are the mysteries of East L.A. (such as, how do the people survive? Mentally, spiritually, partially?) of importance in a World of Mystery?
+ Which are the first rate Mysteries of East L.A. and how were they discovered?
+ High Low Radiance Corridor
+ Geysers of El Sereno
+ Walls of Mystery: The Wall That Broke Open, The Erased Virgins, Paul Botello Murals That Appear and Disappear, Floating Murals
+ Lost records and evidence of The East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines
+ Unknown Famous Strangers of East L.A. History, the Virgin Defacer, Juan Fish, and other strange individuals
+ The Indian Mass Grave of Cal State University at Los Angeles
+ The Vex: Now You See It, Now It Exists in Your Ears—and other Musical Mysteries
+ Botanicas of Mystery
+ Stairs to Nowhere
+ 17 Lane Freeway Interchanges and Heart Infarction Vortexes

Special Question #1b: What special skills or perspective do you bring to the investigation?

We have conducted numerous walking surveys of varied night terrains and Eastside neighborhoods saying we were writing a book about this stuff for many years and we even wrote parts of it already. As if we were special agents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints without skinny ties or even bicycles going here and there through the streets and alleys or standing on doorways. We have conducted countless interviews of dozens or hundreds of secret hipsters of East L.A. such as Ruben Guevara of Ruben and the Jets, Oscar Zeta Acosta and Juan Fish, and we have collated this information with locations of birria joints and taco trucks. (Our work sample is available for view 24/7 on-line at http://www.elaguide.org, be sure to visit, for example, the People’s History Tour and download the PDF maps and click on musical and auditory links for the full effect.)

Special Question #2: What makes this a quintessentially Los Angeles story, something that couldn’t be replicated in any other place?

That’s a hard question, but I can answer it. We actually tried replicating parts of this study and some of this research in Amish villages and Mexican meat packing plant towns of Central Iowa, Rock Springs, Wyoming, the Nez Perce Reservation, Lapwai, Idaho, Canyon de Chelly (Navajo Reservation), Hopi Third Mesa, AZ, Managua, Nicaragua and barrios of Mexico City, but only met with limited success. Therefore, we can safely say that the answers to questions related to East L.A. and Northeast L.A. can only be answered by the strange famous unknown individuals involved, some of whom have been erased or mostly forgotten in official histories (when we contacted him in 2009 for this study, Antonio Villaraigosa, Future First Chicano President of USA, refused to publicly state exactly where in City Terrace he used to live and the Roybal family likewise wishes to keep their unknown famous family home in Boyle Heights an official secret), but we know for a fact that generations have survived here in these locales, but who knows how they did it?

Other Question #3: What kind of research will be required to tell this story?

We must continue our interviews with characters involved, including the reluctant (Oscar Zeta Acosta), or disappeared (The Body Doubles of Antonio Villaraigoza and Gloria Molina), or relatively unknown (Papier Mache Harry Gamboa). We muzst collate information from vast lost files of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines with site specific knowledge that proves the existence of anything we say, like photographs of stuff and holes. We cannot forget California Brittlebrush and Wild Rye and what do they have to tell us, it has to be asked.

Special Question #3b: How do you envision mapping your essay topic(s)?

We will map it out graphically on maps with related web page where people can go for more information, including downloadable PDFs of informative indoctrination and pamphlets or propaganda to get their heads oriented right. Cuz sometimes when we want people to view the materials we want it to change their lame-ass ideas, as one of our sources puts it. (We will change what they say to make it sound better or like more polite.)

Sincerely,

Sesshu Foster and Arturo Romo-Santillano
revumbio@yahoo.com

(Our work sample is available for view 24/7 on-line at http://www.elaguide.org, be sure to visit, for example, the People’s History Tour and download the PDF maps and click on musical and auditory links for the full effect.)

 

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