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MacArthur Park – Alta Review

My Brilliant Friend By Heather Scott Partington, Alta Small towns can lend themselves to oversimplification. You stay, you stagnate; you leave, you flourish. But Judith Freeman—who has made a career excavating the nuances of her small-town-Utah upbringing—has bigger ideas about what it can mean to be from a family-values state or to discover yourself anew

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MacArthur Park: Idaho Mountain Express interview 10/9/21

Judith Freeman discusses new novel at the Community Library By JOEY THYNE Express Staff Writer – October 9, 2021 ‘MacArthur Park’ navigates the rocky road of friendship In the 70s, Judith Freeman, an aspiring writer at the time, moved with her young son Todd to Ketchum.   “I wanted to bring him to a place where

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The Afterlife of Detritus: MacArthur Park

The Afterlife of Detritus: MacArthur Park By Judith Freeman, Anthony Hernandez  Air Light Magazine / Neighborhoods Project / July 25, 2021 1. The first time I went to see him in his apartment in MacArthur Park, it was an April night in 1985. I didn’t really know the neighborhood; I was living on the other

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The Port of Missing Women

The Port of Missing Women What is it about Philip Marlowe and female foils? A biographer reimagines his legacy.   BY JUDITH FREEMAN   September 29, 2020 For some time, I’ve imagined writing a novel titled The Port of Missing Women, a term I came across while doing research for my biography of Raymond Chandler, The Long Embrace. It refers

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Photographing a Life – Tina Barney

Photographing a life Tina Barney to discuss photography career at Community Library with Judith Freeman Andy Kerstetter  Dec 27, 2017 Photographer Tina Barney is known for her large-scale, color portraits of her family and close friends, many of whom are well-to-do inhabitants of New York and New England. “Once I started, my curiosity has never

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The Strange Promise of a Genuine Squirrel Coat

The Strange Promise of a Genuine Squirrel Coat By Judith Freeman / Published March 25, 2017 – Los Angeles Review of Books I ONCE OWNED a dress I loved so much that every time I wore it, I felt like an actress in a French New Wave film. The dress was red, a perfect Titian red,

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Utah Public Radio – Interview – Podcast

Utah Public Radio – Interview – Podcast At twenty-two, Judith Freeman was working in the LDS Church-owned department store in the Utah town where she’d grown up. In the process of divorcing the man she had married at seventeen, she was living in her parents’ house with her four-year old son, who had already endured

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Barnes & Noble – “TOP OF THE LONG LIST”

Barnes & Noble – “TOP OF THE LONG LIST” Barnes & Noble picks The Latter Days for “Top of the Long List” in their “Our Week in Review” For June 24, 2016. Overview: At twenty-two, Judith Freeman—born and raised in a Mormon community—had abandoned her faith, but found herself working in the church-owned department store

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Salt Lake City Weekly: Essential Picks for Tuesday June 28

Salt Lake City Weekly: Essential Picks for Tuesday June 28 TUESDAY 6.28Judith Freeman: The Latter DaysMemoir may be a common literary form, and around these parts, it may seem that there’s a new memoir every day or so about growing up in—and often alienation from—the LDS Church. But there’s a uniquely contemplative quality to Judith

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L.A.’s Rampart District Gave Me the Life I Wanted to Lead

Lafayette Park Anthony Hernandez and Judith Freeman -1986 Novelist Judith Freeman Reflects on Her Three-Decades-Long Relationship With Her Neighborhood By Judith Freeman | September 21, 2015 When I first moved into the Rampart neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986, the gunfire down the alley outside our bedroom often kept me awake at night—not just the pop-pop

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