1298) It's like a jumble of huts in a jungle somewhere. I don't understand how you can live there. It's really, completely dead. Walk along the street, there's nothing moving. I've lived in small Spanish fishing villages which were sunny all day long every day of the week, but there weren't as boring as Los Angeles.
Truman Capote Conversations With Truman Capote (1985) Lawrence Grobel, ed. [CQ]
1299) The freeway experience [...] is the only secular communion Los Angeles has [...] Actual participation requires total surrender, a concentration so intense as to seem a kind of narcosis, a rapture-of-the-freeway. The mind goes clean. The rhythm takes over.
Joan Didion "The Bureaucrats" (1976) The White Album (1979) [CQ]
1300) Prejudices are useless. Call Los Angeles any dirty name you like - Six Suburbs in Search of a City, Paradise with a Lobotomy, anything - but the fact remains that you are already living in it before you get there.
Clive James "Postcard from Los Angeles 1" in The Observer (6/16/1979) reprinted in Flying Visits (1984) [CQ]
1301) Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang's feeble imagination.
Henry Miller "Soiree in Hollywood" from The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945) [CQ]
1302) It is hereby earnestly proposed that the USA would be much better off if that big, sprawling, incoherent, shapeless, slobbering civic idiot in the family of American communities, the City of Los Angeles, could be declared incompetent and placed in charge of a guardian like any individual mental defective.
Westbrook Pegler New York World Telegram (11/22/1938) [CQ]
1303) Of all the world's storied thoroughfares, it must be confessed that none produces quite the effect of Hollywood Boulevard. I have been downcast in Piccadilly, chopfallen on the Champs Elysee, and doloroso on the Via Veneto, but the avenues themselves were blameless. Hollywood Boulevard, on the contrary, creates an instant and malign impression in the breast of the beholder. Viewed in full sunlight, its tawdriness is unspeakable; in the torrential downpour of the rainy season, as we first saw it, it inspired an anguish similar to that produced by the engravings of Piranesi.
S.J. Perelman "The Marx Brothers" in The Last Laugh (1981) [CQ]
1304) Writers who choose as a subject Los Angeles and its interminable suburbs do so at their peril. The most scrupulous observation yields nothing but cliche: freeways, blondes, the blistering smog, blah, blah, blah. This is because they have mistaken Los Angeles for a city. [...] L.A. is more akin to a theme park - Urban Sprawl Land - and its spirit of place is the isolating spirit of the desert, where, despite the wizardry of modern irrigation, nothing can grow and few things change.
Karen Karbo "Of Mice and Men" New York Times Book Review (9/10/1995)
1305) [Los Angeles] is in love with its limitless horizontality, as New York may be in love with its verticality.
Jean Baudrillard "Astral America" in America (1986, tr. 1988) [CQ]
[CQ] - Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1993)
Note: "3089/898" is the designation I've given to the project of posting all my collected quotes, excerpts and ideas (3089 of them) in the remaining days of the Bush administration (of which there were 898 left when I began). As of today, there are 487 days remaining in the administration of the worst American President ever.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
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i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
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Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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