Nov 26, 2021
2 min read
A Netflix Writer's Guide to LA
Marina Mularz is a writer living in Hollywood (in the heart of Thai Town), with an enviable job in product, editorial, and writing innovationfor Netflix
. She has also published a collection of short stories,Welcome to Freedom Point
, which is funny, honest, relatable
won Marina the New American Fiction Prize in 2019. Marina loves to travel, especially in and around California – you’ll catch her on the scenic coastal train heading down to San Diego, or darting up to Silicon Valley several a month.
Read on forMarina
‘s guide to Los Angeles.
What do you love most about living in Los Angeles?
Never running out of things to try. There is always a new restaurant, a new museum exhibit, and a new hike I’ve never taken (with so many new trail dogs to pet). Los Angeles is the ultimate running list of a city.
What is your favorite part of Los Angeles?
I am a Los Feliz/East Hollywood fan for life. I love the energy, the artistry, the history and the access to serene spaces likeBarnsdall Art Park
The best coffee shop in LA?
gets my bid because they have the kindest staff, the coolest space
they make homemade Twix bars
Your favorite Los Angeles restaurant?
I’ve eaten nearly everything on the menu, tried every location and it always delivers on quality food and quality company. If I could, I’d marry the milanesa.
The best thing to do in LA?
I’m a small business super fan and shopping for stationary (The Social Type
) and unique accessories (Burro
) is my kind of way to spend a day. I’ve also fallen in love with is satin jackets andTuesday of California
is an incredible local designer.
Burro // Tuesday of California
Where would you love to work in LA?
! For real. I might be the only person in history to measure productivity between corn dogs, but I have an Annual Pass and I feel inspired every time I am there. I’ve done more writing sitting on Disneyland benches than I have at any desk.
Your go-to Los Angeles bar or nightclub?
I am a non-drinker, so I give extra points to any bar that does a great mocktail. That said,Harvard & Stone
both deliver inclusive and unique experiences.
And of course, your favorite LA bookshop?
My heart belongs toVroman’s
of Pasadena. It’s well worth the drive and they also champion a lot of local literary journals and short fiction collections (which are often hard to find on the shelves!)
OK, we’re in Los Angeles for a work trip, and want a hotel where we can get stuff done and have a fun stay – any shouts?
For the tried-and-true experience, goKimpton Everly.
My out-of-town colleagues love it, and I love it, too, because it’s the perfect flavor of contemporary comfort. For more adventurous spirits, go with the boutique experience ofHotel Covell.
It’s got great writerly energy and a bustling bar.
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