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Posted July 3, 2011
Like many of us (Moby seems to be the latest, and highest profile), DR seems to have fled New York City (around 1990?) to the West coast (in fairness, he was bicoastal even as a small child-- but admits not really remembering the Westwood bit until he returned there 20 some years later, ostensibly to do research for this book)-- against the better and biting judgment of his East coat urbane peers, but actually seems to have found what he was looking for, as way as alternative to the drawbacks and nuisances of NYC.
But as much as NYC has changed (dramatically), most would argue, for the better over the past 20 years, so has Los Angeles. Only I would argue that many of the changes in LA have been a deterioration-- and nothing like the futuristic, multicultural, Pacific Basin hegemonic Utopia (okay, maybe not quite Utopia) Mr Rieff and the throngs of self-described LA boosters envision as they prepare for 'Los Angeles 2000.'
This is such an enjoyable and thoroughly researched study of Los Angeles, I would buy the book again if he could bring it up to date to 2012.
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Posted February 2, 2009
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