Thousand Dollars for a Kiss, Fifty Cents for Your Soul
Los Angeles is the kind of place where everybody is from somewhere else. People drawn by the dream, people running from the nightmare. Everyone's a star, or at least everyone acts like one. This is where you go to become famous. L.A. offers fame, fortune and glamour while providing entertainment for the world.
The city is massive. Here you get plenty of time to listen to the radio, driving from one place to another. There are many world famous attractions. You can see the Hollywood Sign from Beverly Hills, before going to the Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Those willing to pay for the private roads will get there faster.
The city is filled with shallow and superficial characters. There is much about the city which is distasteful; from the never-ending traffic to the uninspired public infrastructure. Homelessness is rampant throughout the city. Los Angeles is not a nice place. Most are in the gutter and looking at the stars.
“Massachusetts has been the wheel within New England, and Boston the wheel within Massachusetts.
It has therefore been the source and fountain of the ideas that have moved and made America, and is, in a high and honourable sense, the hub of the New World”
— Foster Barham Zincke
“I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”
— Andy Warhol
“The missionary comes after the whiskey — I mean he arrives after the whiskey has arrived; next comes the poor immigrant, with ax and hoe and rifle; next, the trader; next…
…All these interests bring the newspaper; the newspaper starts up politics and a railroad; all hands turn to and build a church and a jail— and behold, civilization is established for ever in the land.
But whiskey, you see, was the van-leader in this beneficent work. It always is.”
— Mark Twain
“And it is awful here, there is no other way to say it. But I believe that Detroit is America’s city. It was the vanguard of our way up, just as it is the vanguard of our way down. And one hopes the vanguard of our way up again.
Detroit is Pax Americana. The birthplace of mass production, the automobile, the cement road, the refrigerator, frozen peas, high- paid blue-collar jobs, home ownership and credit on a mass scale. America’s way of life was built here.”
— Charlie LeDuff
“My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do.”
— Walter Kirn