I had a miserable $10 / hr job as a grocery store mystery shopper here in LA. Saw Carol Muske-Dukes (another review called TROUBLE IN MIND the reverse of A SPARROW) and Lucie Brock-Broido in the grocery store a few days ago. There's the quotidian for you. And an escape from it -- I think they were buying wine, at the Larchmont high-end grocery store --
Of course, Brock-Broido was in town for the LA Times Festival of Books -- the poetry tent there is always such an oddity since the LA Times being close to USC and USC having the Anneberg school, the LA Times (and its festival) it always dominated by the networked-with-USC crowd, while the festival actually takes place on the UCLA campus.