Back in the forties, writer Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife, Marta, hosted a salon of influential European writers like Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and Aldous Huxley. Villa Aurora, their Spanish Colonial house in the Pacific Palisades, now functions as a writer’s residence and vibrant cultural institution, with readings, films, live music, and such heady lectures as After Schoenberger: The Experimental and the Avant Garde. Best of all are the extensive property tours (reservations are required): The house has been kept almost entirely intact, down to the Adolf Hitler caricature that Feuchtwanger and friends used as a dartboard.
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Published on Jan 31, 2007 as a web exclusive.