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A reader's guide to the new Expo Line extension

A test train runs above Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica along the new Expo Line extension on April 27, 2016.
A test train runs above Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica along the new Expo Line extension on April 27, 2016.
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You can ride the expo line under a full moon on Saturday night and it just so happens there's a little bit of literary history along the route and some really great bookstores.

Take Two contributor and founder of Libros Schmibros, David Kipen, joined the show to break down the reader's guide to the expo line extension, stop by stop, from east to west.


"Ray Bradbury, arguably the father of modern science fiction and almost a lifelong Angeleno, lived a 10-speed ride away from here, and he was from the monorail to any number editorials about the people mover--he was a great champion of local public transportation so he would've been thrilled today."

David Kipen will be at the event 'When We Reach the City: Ray Bradbury and the Future of Los Angeles' which will be hosted by the city Cultural Affairs Department on Sunday, May 22 at Clifton's cafeteria at 4:51 p.m. Kipen will speak with Ray Bradbury's biographer, Sam Weller, and others about transit and Bradbury's future for LA. For more information, click here

Westwood Rancho Park

"Children's book world, just walk a little bit north from the station and it's on Pico sort of between Rancho park and Overland.  A great children's bookstore, I think it's 30 years old this year...everybody I know who has kids who lives within a five-mile radius just cherishes it."


"Just a few blocks from Pico and Sepulveda are two bookstores very close to each other up by Santa Monica Blvd and Sawtelle. There's Alias Books which is a great old bookstore, almost a classical bookstore, though you're not tripping over books just to get around. And Sideshow books like half a block away which is wonderful and which has like a television with an old movie loop playing between books on a shelf in the film section--I mean it's just so eccentrically put together, you have to see Sideshow."


Bundy is near the site of the late lamented Buzz magazine, which saw the transit future of LA better than anybody else, and survives online not at all.

"You can see from the elevated Bundy station, Buzz Magazine, where I used to work...they ran so many prophetic pieces about LA transit. Somebody's got to resurrect that online!"


Kipen could not detail what there was to see at Bergamont station because host A Martinez is impatient and just wanted to get to the beach. However, off-air, Kipen did suggest City Garage, the best literary theater walking distance -- or as he put it 'limping' distance -- from the station.

The Beach- bringing it full circle!

"Small World Books is like this wonderful beatnik time machine on Ocean Front Walk, and I just adore it. It's a little trap door into the heyday of LA bookstores in the sixties."

What else is there to see at the end of the line? Beyond Baroque, where Ray Bradbury used to live, and where he filched both the firehouse for "Fahrenheit 451" and the canals for "The Martian Chronicles."

To hear all of David Kipen's suggestions, click the blue play button above.