Dear Los Angeles

Dear Los Angeles

The City in Diaries and Letters 1542 to 2018

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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"Los Angeles is refracted in all its irreducible, unexplainable glory."- Los Angeles Times

The City of Angels has played a distinct role in the hearts, minds, and imaginations of millions of people, who see it as the ultimate symbol of the American Dream. David Kipen, a cultural historian and avid scholar of Los Angeles, has scoured libraries, archives, and private estates to assemble a kaleidoscopic view of a truly unique city.

From the Spanish missionary expeditions in the early 1500s to the Golden Age of Hollywood to the strange new world of social media, this collection is a slice of life in L.A. through the years. The pieces are arranged by date-January 1st to December 31st-featuring selections from different decades and centuries. What emerges is a vivid tapestry of insights, personal discoveries, and wry observations that together distill the essence of the city.

As sprawling and magical as the city itself, Dear Los Angeles is a fascinating, must-have collection for everyone in, from, or touched by Southern California.

With excerpts from the writing of Ray Bradbury Edgar Rice Burroughs Octavia E. Butler Italo Calvino Winston Churchill Noel Coward Simone De Beauvoir James Dean T. S. Eliot William Faulkner Lawrence Ferlinghetti Richard Feynman F. Scott Fitzgerald Allen Ginsberg Dashiell Hammett Charlton Heston Zora Neale Hurston Christopher Isherwood John Lennon H. L. Mencken Anais Nin Sylvia Plath Ronald Reagan Joan Rivers James Thurber Dalton Trumbo Evelyn Waugh Tennessee Williams P. G. Wodehouse and many more

Advance praise for Dear Los Angeles

"This book's a brilliant constellation, spread out over a few centuries and five thousand square miles. Each tiny entry pins the reality of the great unreal city of Angels to a moment in human time-moments enthralled, appalled, jubilant, suffering, gossiping or bragging-and it turns out, there's no better way to paint a picture of the place." -Jonathan Lethem

" A scintillating collection of letters and diary entries . . . an engrossing trove of colorful, witty insights." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Publisher: New York : The Modern Library, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812993981
0812993985
Branch Call Number: 979.494
Characteristics: xv, 559 pages ; 22 cm

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