Jonathan Gold Wins Pulitzer for Criticism
- PlonkMan Apr 16, 2007 12:30 PM
What I like about his work is that it has a sense of place and time. It's not frivolous food writing in vacuo. I've learned much from him over the years, not just about food, but about LA's continual evolution as a city and as a nexus of cultures and peoples. I always walk away knowing a little more about the place I live in, and with a greater curiosity for it.
I don't always agree with his assessments, but the way he captures LA's identity and personality, along with its history and possibilities, is always spot on.
Congratulations, Jonathan and LA Weekly!
Jonathan is not only a hell of a food critic, but I thought he was a terrific music reviewer for the L.A. Times back in the 80's and early-to-mid 90's. He was one of the very few critics I trusted. His tastes were off the beaten path. In an article for Los Angeles Magazine, I remember him talking about listening solely to classical music at first. Contrast that to his top 10 albums of the 80's: I remember Metallica's "Master of Puppets" being number one, and he also had albums by Public Enemy, Slayer, and Motorhead. He would also champion hardcore rap acts like NWA and grindcore bands (think thrash metal done as fast as humanly possible). In my younger rebellious years, he was a beacon of light as far as music recommendations.
Before I move to Idaho in June, I want to e-mail the Weekly and tell him how much I've appreciated his criticism and insight. If I'm not able to, and he's reading this: Thanks for all of your work over the years, Jonathan!