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21 Of The Most Los Angeles Books Ever
If you like your hard-boiled crime novels full of similes with a side of action, look no further than Chandler. A colorful read, The Big Sleep is notable less for its corrupt Los Angeles cops and mobsters and its high-drama plot and more for Chandler's unwavering bent for likening. Amazon Goodreads. Plascencia introduces us to an El Monte at once grounded in reality and thoroughly enchanted. The novel complicates our understanding of metaphors: Merced de Papel is a woman who's made of paper , and the primary plot involves the rebellion of a gang of carnation pickers against the planet Saturn. With its multiple levels of narration, the book will remind you that the fantastic and the absurd are sometimes the strongest vehicle for truth. In his breathtaking book, Davis chronicles the history of Los Angeles as a history of conflict — Los Angeles emerges as a city of haves and have-nots with deeply racist roots.
Living in Los Angeles does something to you. The literature of Los Angeles paints a city that is rich but also a brutal playground, its inhabitants balancing on that tightrope of contradiction. Some are classics, others lesser known, but all have captured part of that elusive LA soul. Didion moved to Los Angeles in the s, where she and her husband quickly became regulars at parties in the Hollywood Hills. Her Los Angeles is artificial, a place where loneliness eats at the soul.
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Make Your Own List. Interview by Eve Gerber. What inspired you to make a career out of covering your hometown? Los Angeles has always fascinated me. As far back as the Gold Rush [which began in ] people have come to Southern California to reinvent themselves. They can have all kinds of troubles back East or in the Midwest but if they could make it as far as Southern California they could become someone other than who they were before. They could distance themselves from their back-story.
This year saw a bumper crop of terrific books about Los Angeles, and some great material from L. Los Angeles magazine contributor David Kipen recently distilled five centuries of observations about the city into his excellent Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, to , but we already ran a nice chunk of that in our last issue. A larger-than-life Taschen art book is the perfect venue for the giant hot dogs, drive-through doughnuts, and derby-shaped restaurants that captivated L. Author Jim Heimann has spent decades prowling libraries, pestering old-timers, and hitting up swap meets before dawn looking for photos, matchbooks, and historical evidence that this California Crazy world ever existed, since most of it with a few exceptions disappeared before you were born. Even today, more than 50 movies and TV shows are filmed there every year, and its because City Hall is a spectacular building that provides a dramatic backdrop to the humdrum routines that make a city function.