Poised at the very edge of the Pacific, LA has been home to Spanish conquistadors, pioneers, movie stars, legendary moguls, and writers. From the sleek glamour of Beverly Hills to the searing despair of Watts, here are telling insights into a complex society at the ends of the American frontier....
|Title||:||L. A. Lore: A Scintillating Exploration of Los Angeles|
|Number of Pages||:||372 Pages|
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L. A. Lore: A Scintillating Exploration of Los Angeles Reviews
A super fun collection of short essays about different aspects of life in Los Angeles from Beverly Hills to Watts as seen by a British tourist. Published in 1993, and written primarily in 1991, it is definitely dated but readable and entertaining. And of course, catty as hell.
An unknown former editor attempts to put together humorous anecdotes about Los Angeles in California, but fails due to the fact he is a misogynistic sexist Jew that rarely if ever talks to real people and connects with the personalities. Also tries to impress with some fancy words that aren't in dictionaries and obscure terms from architecture. It's incredible that Vogue ever published articles by this idiot. I guess it was a sympathy paycheck for an unemployed unemployable dick that spent years drooling at pretty inanimate objects up for auction at Christies and Sotheby's.
Very funny, compassionate, intelligent look at my city by a British author. A reverse on Bill Bryson abroad somewhat. Brook undertook the task of visiting such LA landmarks as the Crystal Cathedral, the Nixon presidential library and Forest lawn cemetery so I don't have to. A dry wit and and a reluctance to buy into what was being sold made it really fun to piggyback on his explorations. He especially nailed the New Age personal growth market "relentless self absorption can be disguised as coming to terms with the inner child..." Brook also captured what I love about LA, it's zaniness, it's free spirit, it's eclecticism. Reading a book published in '91 also had this fascinating time travel effect, knowing where we end up 20 plus years later...