Writing Los Angeles A Literary Anthology

ISBN-10: 1931082278

ISBN-13: 9781931082273

Edition: 2002

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Los Angeles has always been a place of paradisal promise and apocalyptic undercurrents. Simone de Beauvoir saw a kaleidoscopic "hall of mirrors," Aldous Huxley a "city of dreadful joy." Jack Kerouac found a "huge desert encampment," David Thomson imagined "Marilyn Monroe, fifty miles long, lying on her side, half-buried on a ridge of crumbling rock." In Writing Los Angeles, The Library of America presents a glittering panorama in fiction, poetry, essays, journalism, and diaries by more than seventy writers. It brings to life the entrancing surfaces and unsettling contradictions of The City of Angels, from Raymond Chandler's evocation of murderous moods fed by the Santa Ana winds to John Gregory Dunne's affectionate tribute to "the deceptive perspectives of the pale subtropical light." Here are fascinating strata of Los Angeles history, from the 1920s oil boom to 1980s graffiti art, from flamboyant evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson to surf music genius Brian Wilson, from German emigré intellectuals to hard-bitten homicide cops. Here are fragile ecosystems, architectural splendors, and social chasms, in the words of writers as various as M.F.K. Fisher, William Faulkner, Bertolt Brecht, Evelyn Waugh, Octavio Paz, Joan Didion, Norman Mailer, Walter Mosley, Mona Simpson, and Charles Mingus. Art Pepper discovers the Central Avenue of the 1940s jazz scene; screenwriter Robert Towne reflects on Chinatown's origin; David Hockney teaches himself to drive; Pico Iyer finds at LAX "as clear an image as exists today of the world we are about to enter." Writing Los Angeles is an incomparable literary tour guide to a city of shifting identities and endless surprises.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 9/30/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 880
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.838
Language: English

from Echoes in the City of the Angels
The Land
from The Rules of the Game
from Sixty Years in Southern California 1853-1913
California and America
from Laughing in the Jungle
Los Angeles. A Rhapsody
Sister Aimee
from Oil!
from Queer People
from God Sends Sunday
The City of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels
Golden Land
Pacific Village
A Thing Shared
from Promised Land
Red Wind
from Ask the Dust
from The Day of the Locust
from Diaries
Last Kiss
from Autobiography: Hollywood
A Table at Ciro's
Landscape of Exile
Hollywood Elegies
Californian Autumn
The Democratic Judge
The Fishing-Tackle
Garden In Progress
from Journals
from If He Hollers Let Him Go
from America Is in the Heart
from Southern California Country: An Island on the Land
from North from Mexico: Blood on the Pavements
from America Day by Day
Death in Hollywood
from The Labyrinth of Solitude
The Pedestrian
The Mattress by the Tomato Patch
from The Barbarous Coast
from On the Road
from "Ocian in View"
The Slide Area
from Slum by the Sea
from Superman Comes to the Supermarket
The Lost World
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby
Goodbye Surfing, Hello God!
Los Angeles Notebook
The Getty
Quiet Days in Malibu
Fire Season
Betting on now
The Death of the Father
from The Kindness of Strangers
from Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies
from Beneath the Underdog
from Bike Riding in Los Angeles
The City of Robots
from David Hockney by David Hockney
Los Angeles: The Know-How City
from The Sexual Outlaw
from Straight Life
from Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees
L.A. Glows
Preface and Postscript to Chinatown
August, Los Angeles, Lullaby
Angel Baby Blues
from Anywhere But Here
Night Song of the Los Angeles Basin
from Golden Days
from I Was Looking for a Street
Going Up in L.A.
from The Control of Nature
from City of Quartz
City of Specters
from Devil in a Blue Dress
Las Vistas
Coming Home to Van Nuys
The Tooth of Crime
from Volcano
Where Worlds Collide
from The Atlas
from Holy Land
Beneath Mulholland
Sources and Acknowledgments
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