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 Dream. David Kipen, a cultural historian and avid scholar of Los Angeles, has scoured libraries, archives, and private estates to assemble a kaleidoscopic view of a truly unique city.From the Spanish missionary expeditions in the early 1500s to the Golden Age of Hollywood to the strange new world of social media, this collection is a slice of life in L.A. through the years. The pieces are arranged by date--January 1st to December 31st--featuring selections from different decades and centuries. What emerges is a vivid tapestry of insights, personal discoveries, and wry observations that together distill the essence o...
|Title||:||Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||576 pages|
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Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018 Reviews
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
Given the nature of the book (random diary entries from each day of the year), the book is pretty disjointed. To me, many of the entries did little to advance knowledge of LA either. Hard to see who the audience for the book would be...
“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.
Not really a book to be read read.
This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars.
Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east coaster. We also get fascinating entries from Japanese internees, Hollywood blacklistees, and characters like Aaron Paley and Helen Hunt Jackson, of whom I knew nothing and who have much to say.
Still, for every Louis ...more
In this book, the reader will find excerpts of diaries, journals, and letters. Also there are a few tweets, blogs, and speech excerpts included. Most of the people lived in Los Angeles and some excerpts are from visitors there. The time period covers about 500 years from mission towns under spanish rule to the Hollywood glamour to the multicultural city of today. Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan Sontag, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Octavia Butler, Ryan Reynolds and Edward Rice Burroughs are just a ...more
"Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman
Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), early settlers and military personnel, politicians (like 'adopted' son Ronald Reagan) and assorted other denizens of the City of Angels. Some were funny (actor / Canadian transplant Ryan Reynolds on gluten), some were down ...more