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In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1,000 Words Kindle Edition
ABOUT THE BOOK: Los Angeles is whatever you want it to be, and nothing like you think. I gave these photos to a group of authors and asked them for precisely 1,000 words about what they saw. They didn't disappoint. Dreams, drugs, drama. Fame, famine, and fading glory. Few of the authors in this book have stepped foot in L.A., yet the soul of this city is so invasive and pervasive that the collection embodies everything that makes up this sprawling metropolitan mess. There’s everyday life in Los Angeles, from the shiny dreams of the Hills to the hard realities of life in the Valley and out to the Inland Empire, and even more stories that are purely the stuff of dreams and fantasies, the kinds of worlds that exist only behind giant creaking doors on backlots scattered throughout the Southland. Whether you live here or just want to visit for a few moments, you’re in for one hell of a ride.
- ASIN : B007DCRD9Y
- Publisher : ThunderDome Press (February 24, 2012)
- Publication date : February 24, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 994 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 136 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,005,630 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The stand-out piece for me was Nikki Guerlain's "Sick Ticket." Three Angeleno authors come immediately to mind here: Francesca Lia Block, Charles Bukowski and Harlan Ellison(tm). The comparison with Block's WEETZIE books needs no drawn illustration, and the spirit and heart and generosity here are much the same. But Guerlain's sense of humor is entirely more anarchic than Block's, and I am reminded of Bukowski's proto-Spec-Fic story "The Devil Was Hot." Bukowski taught us, in that piece and many others, that no matter how mythically awful anything gets, there are some people who are more mythic than anything. And Ellison paved the road for all writers to talk about L.A.'s through(and snorted from)-the-looking-glass underbelly when he wrote "Shattered Like A Glass Goblin", which this story also calls to mind.
But the sort of blacklite-reactive funhouse mural brush, the Santeria worth of detail packed into a regulation-sized flash piece, and its vibrance and wit, were what hooked me most, and those are all Nikki's. That one was the flagship piece for me, but they'll all leave you blinking and jet-lagged from that unforgettable realm.
By B. Duncan on December 11, 2011