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The Library Foundation of Los Angeles cordially invites you to join us for the sixth episode of “The Writer’s Cut.” This series celebrates the written word and how it comes to life on television thanks to the modern storytellers of our time: the writers who craft our favorite shows.

This installment features Damon Lindelof, creator, executive producer, and showrunner for HBO’s The Leftovers, and creator/showrunner of Lost. Lindelof has made a reputation for creating intense, character-based dramas that are heavily influenced by literature. He has worked in both television and film. He will be in conversation with writer/journalist Joel Stein discussing his influences, his writing process, the writer’s room, and more.


Library Foundation Members-Only Reception to Follow.

Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof, New Jersey born and bred, earned a film degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before heading west to pursue a screenwriting career.  In 2004 he began working with writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams to create a television series about the survivors of a mysterious plane crash in the South Pacific. Lost brought together a number of creative talents that would reteam for Star Trek, which represented Lindelof’s first feature credit as a producer.  Since then, he has worked as a writer and producer on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness and Tomorrowland. He is currently showrunning the third and final season of HBO’s critically-acclaimed The Leftovers, which he fiercely defends as “not as depressing as everyone says.” He also wrote this bio.


Joel Stein

Joel Stein grew up in Edison, NJ, went to Stanford, and in 1997, became a staff writer for TIME. In 1998, he began writing his sophomoric humor column that now appears in the magazine every week. He’s also written fourteen cover stories for TIME, and has contributed to The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Details, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Businessweek, Wired, Real Simple, Sunset, Playboy, Elle, Los Angeles Times, and many more magazines, most of which have gone out of business. He has appeared as a talking head on any TV show that asks him, taught a class in humor writing at Princeton, and wrote a weekly column for the back page of Entertainment Weekly and the opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. This is the most he’s ever written in third person.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the reservation policy for The Writers Cut?

    Reservations will be taken until the program is full, at which point a waiting list will be maintained.  If you or anyone in your party can no longer attend, please inform us ahead of time, so that we can maintain an accurate reservation count as well as accomodate other guests who wish to attend.  If you are on the waiting list and a reserved guest cancels, a representative of the Library Foundation will contact you regarding availability.

  • Where is the Mark Taper Auditorium?

    The Mark Taper Auditorium and Flora Thornton Courtyard are located on the first floor of the Central Library at 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

  • Where should I park?

    Parking is available in the lot underneath the Central Library at 524 South Flower Street. Standard rates apply.


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