|Philippe's Famous |
Beef Dip Sandwiches
|Zebras made out of old ceiling |
vents and keyboards
|Gene Autry Museum|
What I do love about Los Angeles is reading about its crazy history. So far this year, I've read two books on the subject. Both of them were written quite a while ago which is both good and bad. Bad because (obviously) we're missing the next thirty years of mayhem. Good because they are both pre-"political correctness" and have no qualms about laying things out the way they really were.
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The second book is All Star Cast: An Anecdotal History of Los Angeles (1977) by Stephen Longstreet. I love me a good anecdote and this book was chock full of of them from the time of the Spaniards all the way to the Golden Age of Hollywood. I loved that, in an act of resistance after the unseating of Pio Pico, some Mexican women went to American officer Archibald Gillespie (a real jerk who effectively lost an already secured town by treating its citizens like dirt) with a basketful of peaches in which they had embedded long cactus thorns. Brilliant! Additionally, I was surprised to find out that Clarence Darrow (of Scopes Monkey Trial fame) was put on trial for bribing potential jury members in the famous case of the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building. I'm not kidding! No sign of this on wikipedia--I'm tempted to edit the Clarence Darrow page. I loved Longstreet's gossipy prose and wide range of anecdotes. I especially found interesting the passages about F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner who came to Hollywood in hopes of making some quick money screenwriting. Longstreet, a fellow author, knew them both, if only in passing. Quite sad stories.
I'll admit, I need to find something written more recently (suggestions anyone?). But, I thought these two were great and highly recommend that you find them at your library or ILL them (that's interlibrary loan for you non-library-jargon-understanding-folks) as they are both out of print.
<I checked these out of my library.>