David Ulin On USC’s New Literary Journal

David Ulin talks USC’s new literary journal ‘Air/Light’ and its focus on Southern California

By Peter Larsen

While considering a name for the new literary journal “Air/Light,” editor David Ulin recalled a magazine piece he’d read years ago in which a climatologist described the unusual way that air transforms light in Southern California.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the light of Southern California,” says Ulin, a faculty member at the University of Southern California where the journal is based and a longtime chronicler of California literature.

“The way that at various times of day it is both really, really sharp and clear, that almost shadowless light, or it can be really, really diffused like that late afternoon, sort of hazy light.”

In that 1998 New Yorker essay, Lawrence Weschler talked to a California Institute of Technology scientist about the phenomenon and learned it’s the result of ever-shifting particles in our air, something the experts call “airlight.” Read the full story at the Los Angeles Daily News.

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