A rich mosaic of diary entries and letters from Marilyn Monroe, Cesar Chavez, Susan Sontag, Albert Einstein, and many more, this is the story of Los Angeles as told by locals, transplants, and some just passing through.The City of Angels has played a distinct role in the hearts, minds, and imaginations of millions of people, who see it as the ultimate symbol of the American ...
|Title||:||Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||576 pages|
Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018 Reviews
This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren who are bringing religion to the west. Some are from politicians. Some are from famous writers drawn to LA to write scripts for Hollywood. The samples may be from Gold Rush days, the Golden Age of Hollywood, the De ...more
DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments.
I found the randomness of this book very confusing, possibly made more so by the digital format, Between the dates and authors being collected with no plan in mind, and attribution being inserted at the end of the ...more
This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history.
I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content with words from politicians through the years, famous writers , celebrities and others who bring the fabulous history of LA to the reader. Some entries are from the gold rush which are fascinating. Some are from the he ...more
Read some but lost interest I guess because just not interested in California so can't really review this book of their writing..
“People in LA are deathly afraid of gluten. I swear to god, you could rob a liquor store in this city with a bagel.” RYAN REYNOLDS
That is just one of the many diary posts that are in this book. Some are poignant, many are funny and some are just provide great information for the time period from which they are written. Some of the writers lived in LA and loved it, while others were visitors. Some were transplants who adjusted and others abhorred it. It is a truly wonderful book.
I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed reading early descriptions of the nascent city, the landscape surrounding it, and the interactions of the writer with the native peoples.
I had trouble, however, with the entries that Kipen chose to include within this ...more