Susan Morgan is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor of Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader (East of Borneo Books). She is currently at work on the first McCoy biography, A Modern Life. Her writing about art, design, and cultural biography has been featured in exhibition catalogues, artist monographs, and publications ranging from the New York Times to World of Interiors. With Thomas Lawson, she co-founded and co-edited REAL LIFE magazine, an alternative art publication produced throughout the 1980s. A former contributing editor for Interview, Mirabella, Elle, and Metropolitan Home, she currently serves as a contributing editor at Aperture and East of Borneo. With Kimberli Meyer, she co-curated the 2011 exhibition Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design (MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House).
Writing Home by Susan Morgan
Writer Esther McCoy (1904–89) arrived in Los Angeles in 1932 and reckoned it was the wrong place to be. She stayed, however, and for over fifty years her sharp-eyed writing explored the radical politics, modern architecture, and sidelined literary ambitions of the endlessly compelling city.
Don Bachardy: Regarding Portraits by Susan Morgan
Artist Don Bachardy, who was born in Los Angeles in 1934, has remarked that LA was the best place to live because it’s where movies are made. “I’m convinced,” he wrote in 2000, “that my interest in looking at people came directly from gazing, when I was very young and impressionable, at close-ups of movie actors several hundred times larger than life.”