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This morning LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne announced a year-long project called "Reading LA": "I'll be reading through 25 of the most significant books on Southern California architecture and urbanism, moving chronologically and posting a series of brief essays as I go." And he writes: "Compared with other American cities, Los Angeles has never been particularly interested in examining or talking about itself." Surely some people will disagree with that statement. [LAT]