So the novelist’s leaving his Fortress of Solitude to fill the Pomona teaching position left vacant by the dearly departed David Foster Wallace. To mark the occasion, a brief history of past writers’ sojourns to the Sunshine State.
F. Scott Fitzgerald – Moved to Hollywood to write screenplays. Went broke, drank himself insensate, died.
William Faulkner – Moved to Hollywood to write screenplays. Some success, heavy drinking, then writer’s block. Escaped back to Mississippi. Also (eventually) died.
Barton Fink – In the Coen brothers’ film, a young New York playwright moves to Hollywood to write screenplays. Throughout the film, a thinly-veiled William Faulkner character drinks himself insensate, and Fink himself gets nothing done. Oh, and his hotel ends up on fire and his neighbor might be Satan.
Clifford Odets – Moved to Hollywood to write screenplays. Later named names for the House of Un-American Activities to avoid being blacklisted; tormented forever afterward.
Henry Roth – His newly published posthumous novel An American Type is about a young writer who leaves not one but two women in New York City for California. He goes broke and returns a humbled man.
Good luck, Lethem!