IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – L.A. diner review

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Text: Addison, Bill. “Review: An iconic Hollywood Hills diner is back, and the food is better than ever” Los Angeles Times. https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2022-03-25/clark-street-diner-hollywood-bill-addison-review

Some elements of this text to consider:

  • To what extent does the audience of the Los Angeles Times solely consist of people living in the LA area? Does this restaurant review have a more local audience than the broader Los Angeles Times audience?
  • The first two photo “set the scene” of the exterior and interior of the diner while many of the rest of the photos focus on the food.
  • There are references in the review to celebrities who have visited the diner – this is not uncommon in an LA restaurant review.
  • The food in the diner (based on the review) is of a higher standard than most diners and this is reflected in the language the review uses. One example of this: “Hall’s plush sourdough crisps handsomely; the avocado toast, sprinkled with mild chile flakes, transcends clichés and tedium.”
  • The end of the review also contains some biographical information about the author (e.g. “Award winner”) which gives his opinions a bit more weight.

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