Depth takes a holiday

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In a town where everybody at least pretends to be Somebody, Sandra Tsing Loh reveals the truth about the amount of (slightly rubbery) Canadian Brie served, the $2.99 Chardonnay consumed while airily discussing UCLA Extension "How to Write a Screenplay in One Day" courses, the Melrose Place-style divans suavely reupholstered with staple guns, and the treasured but oh-so-tenuous ties to the studios (aka: somebody's neighbor's best friend just got a job reading scripts for Paramount at $8 an hour). With these ...
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Overview

In a town where everybody at least pretends to be Somebody, Sandra Tsing Loh reveals the truth about the amount of (slightly rubbery) Canadian Brie served, the $2.99 Chardonnay consumed while airily discussing UCLA Extension "How to Write a Screenplay in One Day" courses, the Melrose Place-style divans suavely reupholstered with staple guns, and the treasured but oh-so-tenuous ties to the studios (aka: somebody's neighbor's best friend just got a job reading scripts for Paramount at $8 an hour). With these collected favorites - ranging from "IKEA! Cry of a Lost Generation" to "Hey, Gang, It's Baywatch!" - Tsing Loh's brand of wry, self-deprecating wit is sure to win her new fans all across the country... and to cement her title as the Fran Lebowitz of the futon set.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Depth," Tsing Loh proposes, sometimes "deserves a holiday." In this collection of pieces from her "Valley" column for L.A.'s Buzz magazine, she provides one of sorts, weighing in with tongue-in-cheek observations on such ponderous subjects as the Ikea-ization of 20-somethings' taste in home decor, the semiotics of earrings and the pleasures of Baywatch. But for all their frothy charm, her musings on the plight of an overeducated, underemployed generation that measures success in terms of the ability to afford health insurance are often as insightful as they are witty. Even as she gently mocks the pretensions and delusions of her fellow young Angelenos, Tsing Loh succeeds in making Generation X angst far more appealing and sympathetic than usual. Despite L.A.'s role as "the nation's cultural scapegoat," even the "smug, incestuous, cultural imperialist hipsters of Manhattan" will doubtless appreciate-and recognize something of their own experience in-Tsing Loh's sardonic but never mean-spirited take on modern urban life. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573220316
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/19/1996
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
My World: A Defense
IKEA! Cry of a Lost Generation 3
The Joy of Temping 19
Woman's Day Speaker 24
Nudes on Ice 29
Lost in CD-ROM Land 34
These Little Town Blues 39
The Best Opening Lines for L.A. Women: Based on Their Iconic Earrings 44
A Survey of Open-Mike Poetry Readings 52
The Writer Within 59
It Happened in Glendale 64
Is This Ethnic Enough for You? 69
Joystick Junkies 91
Party Pooper 96
The Call of the Wild 101
Antidote to Civilization 106
Tahiti! 111
Coming Home to Van Nuys 115
On the California Riviera 20
Christians Reconsidered 125
White Trash 131
Daddy Dearest 136
Bachelors over Thirty 143
Being Single 147
Cybersex Gal 152
Confessions of the Dating-Impaired 157
How to Talk Dirty 162
Lesbian Pool Party 167
Tonya Harding, Actress 180
Faces International 185
How to Become Famous 198
Hey, Gang, It's Baywatch 209
L.A. Party Girls: Wilder Than Ever! 222
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