Daina Beth Solomon is a journalist in Los Angeles specializing in cross-cultural reporting and business news. She currently covers commercial real estate at the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Daina previously chased breaking news as a stringer for Reuters, covered California’s tech business for the Los Angeles Times and has written about arts, culture and food for the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Weekly. She has also been published in the Jewish Daily Forward, Pacific Standard, Global Post and Sierra Magazine.
Daina graduated from USC’s Annenberg School in May 2015 with a Journalism Master’s Degree. As an Annenberg Graduate Fellow, Daina was Editor-in-Chief of Intersections South L.A., a community news-website dedicated to South Los Angeles, also known as South Central.
Daina grew up a stone’s throw from the beach in Santa Monica and went on to study literature, writing and Spanish at Occidental College in Eagle Rock. She lives in the endlessly fascinating Little Tokyo area of Downtown Los Angeles.
When not reporting and writing, Daina dances ballet and tries to catch every rock en español concert between L.A. and Tijuana. Also loves to read the L.A. Times front to back and drink plum wine fortified with actual plums. Heroes? Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez and the late New York Times media columnist, David Carr.
The name “Lotusland” derives from the lotus-eaters of Greek mythology and Homer’s epic, The Odyssey. These gourmands live in a state of languid contentment, dreamy forgetfulness and self-indulgence. It was a short step for “Lotusland” to become a nickname for Los Angeles. But some writers have adjusted the concept to fit today’s Angelenos. In his 2008 anthology of L.A. literature called Latinos in Lotusland, Daniel Olivas suggests that the characters in his book may have feasted on lotus but “do not live in blissful oblivion and certainly have not forgotten who they are.”
“Lotusland” also refers to the magnificent lotus plant, one of earth’s most sacred flowers and a symbol of enlightenment. In these photos, a bed of lotus blossoms floats on the Echo Park Lake just outside of Downtown.
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