Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018

Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018

David Kipen / Jul 18, 2019

Dear Los Angeles The City in Diaries and Letters to A rich mosaic of diary entries and letters from Marilyn Monroe Cesar Chavez Susan Sontag Albert Einstein and many this is the story of Los Angeles as told by locals transplants and some just p

  • Title: Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018
  • Author: David Kipen
  • ISBN: 0812993985
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A rich mosaic of diary entries and letters from Marilyn Monroe, Cesar Chavez, Susan Sontag, Albert Einstein, and many , 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 America A rich mosaic of diary entries and letters from Marilyn Monroe, Cesar Chavez, Susan Sontag, Albert Einstein, and many , 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 of the city.As sprawling and magical as the city itself, Dear Los Angeles is a fascinating, must have collection for everyone in, from, or touched by Southern California.With excerpts from the writing of Ray Bradbury Edgar Rice Burroughs Octavia E Butler Italo Calvino Winston Churchill No l Coward Simone De Beauvoir James Dean T S Eliot William Faulkner Lawrence Ferlinghetti Richard Feynman F Scott Fitzgerald Allen Ginsberg Dashiell Hammett Charlton Heston Zora Neale Hurston Christopher Isherwood John Lennon H L Mencken Ana s Nin Sylvia Plath Ronald Reagan Joan Rivers James Thurber Dalton Trumbo Evelyn Waugh Tennessee Williams P G Wodehouse and many Advance praise for Dear Los Angeles This book s a brilliant constellation, spread out over a few centuries and five thousand square miles Each tiny entry pins the reality of the great unreal city of Angels to a moment in human time moments enthralled, appalled, jubilant, suffering, gossiping or bragging and it turns out, there s no better way to paint a picture of the place Jonathan Lethem A scintillating collection of letters and diary entries an engrossing trove of colorful, witty insights Publishers Weekly starred review Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 576 pages Published December 4th 2018 by Modern Library More Details ISBN 0812993985 ISBN13 9780812993981 Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Dear Los Angeles, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Task 1 ReadHarder 2019 111 books 30 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 08, 2019 Scott S rated it liked it Looks like another perfect day I love L.A We love it singer songwriter Randy NewmanRipen 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 Looks like another perfect day I love L.A We love it singer songwriter Randy NewmanRipen 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 downright chilling Sirhan Sirhan just days before he cold bloodedly murdered Bobby Kennedy , and many riff on the uniqueness or oddness, depending on your point of view of the SoCal region Some of my favorite entries were from detective noir legend Raymond Chandler, the slumming angel who perhaps wrote about and understood the area better than most in the literary world flag 15 likesLike see review Nov 14, 2018 Sherwood Smith added it Shelves history, letters, journal, history twenties, history ww i, history 20th, history american, history 19th c This book could have been written for me.I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals Though I must say, historical writing by today s scholars is veering away from white male gaze on politics and toward the actual people involved, including women But anyway From time to time over the years, when I m either This book could have been written for me.I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals Though I must say, historical writing by today s scholars is veering away from white male gaze on politics and toward the actual people involved, including women But anyway From time to time over the years, when I m either really tired, or have just a bit of free time, I d go through my various collections of letters and diaries and look up that day of the year, and read what people did and thought on that day, over the centuries.Well, this book has taken the same idea The preface discusses in an engaging way what the author did once he d begun collecting all these letters and journal entries about Los Angeles over the years He tried various organizational methods, then landed on a similar idea to my On this day game for each day of the year, he s chosen letters and journal entries that refer to Los Angeles in some way The earliest entries are written by explorers and priests during the 1700s We see Los Angeles emerging the sharp scent of citrus, the earthquakes, the distinctive geography, the droughts as a wild mixture of people try to find common ground in a relatively benign climate Human nature is not so benign some entries are high minded declarations that everyone, no matter what their background, has similar rights and we know how well that was observed in other entries, there is so much casual violence that it s taken for granted, until rudimentary justice systems are set up And we see those in action.Interspersed are entries from Los Angeles at the turn of the century, and of course many modern ones Inevitably there is going to be an emphasis on the film industry and how fake so very many find the city and the life therein, while they collect their huge paychecks the poor somehow don t have the time or luxury of finding Los Angeles life fake , but there are quotes from a range of people.The ones I found most riveting, though disturbing, are from an intelligent, observant young American of Japanese background During 1942 4 we see glimpses of this person s life ripped apart as the FBI comes for them, then they lose everything, and of course when December 7th rolls around, we see their horror at the news, because they are helpless to do anything about what the Japanese empire has done they are American citizens Though not for long.Interspersed between sometimes fatuous and sometimes sharp Hollywood commentary are Latina and Latino people, living their lives, and then, always succinct, Octavia Butler s occasional entries.I meant to make the book last, but I simply couldn t stop reading Especially when some of the modern quotes intersected with my life one famous person went to the Griffith Observatory, and enjoyed the lecture and presentation tremendously, and I thought, I bet I know who you were listening to Another went through the same earthquake we endured in 1971 A third well known person pawed through the used books at Acres of Books in Long Beach sadly, tragically, no longer there , which I have been to so many times There were other connections.About the only complaint I have is that I could have done with a whole lot less of Theodore Dreiser s smirky sexual exploits with his very young mistress But I could recognize them after a time, and skim for actual content, which he had, occasionally, though always self involved.Many entries are poignant, sharply observed, wistful, tragic, stark It would have been nice if there were pictures, but actually, I found I had images for just about all of the places and times.Copy provided by NetGalley flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 01, 2018 Beth Cato rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, history, nonfiction, netgalley, research, hollywood I received an early version of the book via NetGalley.Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way day by day The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angeles anywhere from 1542 and 2018 At first, I found this non chronological approach to a big jolt The entries, most of them a few sentences or a paragraph or two, can jump from 19th century soldiers describing their rid I received an early version of the book via NetGalley.Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way day by day The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angeles anywhere from 1542 and 2018 At first, I found this non chronological approach to a big jolt The entries, most of them a few sentences or a paragraph or two, can jump from 19th century soldiers describing their ride to the Menendez Brothers trial to a 1930s Santa Monica beach party After a while, though, I fell into a groove Many of the authors have entries across the year, and I found it fun to follow along with the lives.Here s an example of the diversity 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 2017 Last Saturday I was driving through the mountains near Los Angeles and through orange groves The groves are now in blossom and the odor is almost sickening it is so strong You can usually smell a grove about a mile before you get to it Valerie Belletti 1925 I went today to visit an old Spaniard from Spain who had some American papers, also some books from whom I learned a little of the Spanish language Henry Standage 1847 Most of the entries are quite G rated, though there s one author, Theodore Dreiser, whose regular entries are a catalog of his sexual escapades with his wife They were so different from the others that they tended to take me aback Still, they do add to an overall view of Los Angeles and its denizens.This is a fairly long book that took me several weeks to get through Because of the nature of the entries, it doesn t lend itself well to sitting and reading for hours straight This is a good book to read in little spurts or go through it like a devotional If you have any interest in Los Angeles, this is a fantastic book that does a beautiful job of showing how the city has developed over the centuries flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 29, 2018 Boz rated it really liked it When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeksThe thing that people find hard to understand is the magnitude of what s here The huge numbers of multiple cultures that live in the city that come together in this beautiful and haphazard fashion And the fault lines between them are sometimes w When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeksThe thing that people find hard to understand is the magnitude of what s here The huge numbers of multiple cultures that live in the city that come together in this beautiful and haphazard fashion And the fault lines between them are sometimes where you can find the most beautiful things In Dear Los Angeles David Kipen has collected hundreds of journal entries and letters from an array of people dating as far back as 1542 to present day 2018 Miners deep in the throws of the Gold Rush, U.S presidents and First Ladies, Albert Einstein, Zora Neale Hurston, Aldous Huxley, and Marilyn Monroe, are just a few of the people whose musings about LA are featured The book is arranged by month, not year, so it s interesting to go from reading an entry from 1891 and have the next entry be from 1979 and see how different and sometimes similar their feelings are about the city a large time span Dear Los Angeles is a giant love letter to the city of angels It s not imperative to read in one sitting, but could make for a great coffee book table or a gift for that friend who just moved out west.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 07, 2018 Bonnye Reed rated it it was amazing Shelves read 2018, kindle or pdf GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern California so well in calendar month and day order A little confusing at first, but this quickly became the only way to look at this collection I found this a wry and fascinating definition of L.A one I am pleased GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern California so well in calendar month and day order A little confusing at first, but this quickly became the only way to look at this collection I found this a wry and fascinating definition of L.A one I am pleased to recommend to friends and family I received a free electronic copy of this book of tidbits of LA history in Diaries and Letters from Netgalley, David Kipen, and Modern Library in exchange for an honest review Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me pub date Dec 4, 2018Modern Library flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Adam rated it did not like it I m not sure how much you ll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor s idea of Los Angeles This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of just kidding, it s primarily a nother story of famous or semi famous white writers and artistic types in largely yesteryear Hollywood Faulkner and Fitzgerald thought WHAT about the studios Someone was at a party with Joan Didion Theodore Dreiser liked sex I really thought I m not sure how much you ll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor s idea of Los Angeles This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of just kidding, it s primarily a nother story of famous or semi famous white writers and artistic types in largely yesteryear Hollywood Faulkner and Fitzgerald thought WHAT about the studios Someone was at a party with Joan Didion Theodore Dreiser liked sex I really thought I would like this book hoped I would love it and wound up kinda hating it Of course there are some pithy gems amongst the 100s of quotes, letter excerpts, journal entries, and the one random Ryan Reynolds tweet You will also find some gems if you Google quotes about Los Angeles Kipen curates a heaping helping of Hollywood and literary luminaries, then sprinkles in some old timey sources, news reports, and quick references to the zoot suit riots, WWII, and the Watts riots to, y know, represent the rest of the city Weirdly, many of the book s entries are just things that happened to be written in LA rather than pieces shaped by or about the city in any discernible fashion Needless to say, the NY Times found it all illuminating My dear Los Angeles, so often clumsily captured, deserves better flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Laurie rated it really liked it 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 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 Depression, or recent days I have seen quite a few complaints about the format, but I really liked it I might be bored with a time in history or with a specific writer s work, but given a piece only a few pages long, I will read it, and learn something I also found it very interesting to see opinions not meant for public consumption, but for only the writer s closest friends or relatives What I thought would have made the book better was pictures The last 150 years the era from which the majority of entries are from have been documented by photography, and that would have brought things to life Four stars for a quick, fun read flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 03, 2018 Literary Soir e rated it liked it Shelves history, netgalley review, reviewed I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L A native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor critic of the San Francisco Chronicle The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries and letters from 1542 to 2018, woven together to form a rich tapestry of Los Angeles over centuries.But what is missing is the visual riff photos, illustrations, a colorful design that could encircle and set off I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L A native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor critic of the San Francisco Chronicle The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries and letters from 1542 to 2018, woven together to form a rich tapestry of Los Angeles over centuries.But what is missing is the visual riff photos, illustrations, a colorful design that could encircle and set off these pieces as the gems they are Kipen sourced material from the archives of libraries, historical societies, and private estates a prodigious effort to create a kaleidoscopic of Los Angeles from the Spanish missionary expeditions in the 1500s to the present His forward may be the best writing in the book, lively and lovely as he describes the city he adores and the book s evolution At one point, he mentioned the possibility of a coffee table book format, a better choice I believe, with elaborate self amused photo captions and that shot of Jack Nicholson arriving at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, hot off Chinatown with, yes, the Department of Water and Power Building looming up behind him Now, that s the book I want to read 3 5Thanks to Random House Publishing Group Random House and NetGalley for the review copy Opinions are mine DearLosAngeles NetGalley flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 23, 2018 Melise rated it liked it Shelves netgalley I really wanted to enjoy this book 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 I really wanted to enjoy this book 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 book There were interesting entries from a number of luminaries, including Theodore Dreiser, Ronald Reagan, Charles Lummis, F Scott Fitzgerald, etc But very little about these entries actually provided insight into the nature of life in Los Angeles at the time they were writing in fact, in many cases I felt as if he selected entries that he found appealing, but that did nothing much to express something new or interesting about the development of the city or Southern California I really wish I had enjoyed this book I had hopes for a good addition to my library of Southern California history, but this book fell short of the mark for me flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 26, 2018 Natalie rated it it was ok 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 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 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 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 reading, I was often confused I was very excited about reading this, but I need coherence in my reading As a former Social Studies teacher, I cannot imagine trying to have students unpack something in this format I would love to read this book again in a clearer longitudinal format I apologize for my own inability to process the material, but I think others may have the same issues flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 19, 2019 Henry Louis rated it liked it 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 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 Adamic or Aoki Hisa, we get 50 entries from the bourgeois, the rich, the famous actors, producers, writers, composers, philosophers Many even most of these are great and fascinating But in a city defined by its diversity, the perspectives are largely from the ruling class Watts and Rodney King are covered by white men the native populations are covered as far as I remember only indirectly, through mainly racist entries by Spanish and American colonizers and there is far, far too much Hollywood.I suspect this is partially the nature of the beast Diaries from regular schmucks aren t accessible, if they exist at all, and books about diaries by regular schmucks don t sell And it seems the author did make an effort to include various voices it would have been extremely easy to leave out many of history s losers included here The overall effect, though, is one of a town stripped of its poor, its darker skinned, and its non Hollywood Still, if those major caveats are taken into consideration, this is a pretty enjoyable read Who knew Theodore Dreiser was such a horn dog flag Like see review Sep 15, 2018 Mages Almanac rated it really liked it Shelves history I could read a whole series of books like this one The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA s dreamers and creatives The book is formatted such that each day of the year has a small collection of entries which could be from any era This provides a kaleidoscope of diverse narrators who describe anything from ear I could read a whole series of books like this one The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA s dreamers and creatives The book is formatted such that each day of the year has a small collection of entries which could be from any era This provides a kaleidoscope of diverse narrators who describe anything from earthquakes to family life Some are residents of the city or its outlying regions, others are only passing through Spanish, Natives, Japanese, Korean, rich, poor, famous stars and average Joe s all give their voice to the growth of this great American metropolis I found the entries by people I d never heard of to be the most poignant and interesting Not that the entries by well known people weren t, but their thoughts and opinions can be found anywhere Dear Los Angeles was a good opportunity to collect the words of ordinary people who keep the city going.This book has one issue it is too long If all of the entries were suited for the book this wouldn t be any issue, but I found myself skipping over some portions if I saw the writer was someone whose previous entries had been boring Sorry, Edgar Burroughs Sorry, Octavia Butler It could have lost about one fourth of the entries and just kept the ones that really illuminated the rich history of Los Angeles Overall a beautiful concept and an excellent read.This book was provided through NetGalley flag Like see review Jan 09, 2019 Cozy Cat Reviews rated it it was amazing 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 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 heyday of Hollywood in the Golden Age With some poignant letters from the depression era the author has a fascinating collection here This is the book to add to your shelf about California history for all who love and adore our Golden State for all its magnificence I adore this book and am buying it for gifts and in hardcover for my own collection Thank you with gratitude to Net Galley and to the publisher for the opportunity to read this fabulous bookMy opinions are my own I highly recommend this book for all who enjoy history and love California flag Like see review Aug 04, 2018 Nancy rated it liked it I loved the idea of this book than the execution As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present.This book does that but only to a degree The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn t feel that any one of them had enough depth to totally pull me in to the world of the writer The book contains some wonderful snippets, and interesting impressions, but they felt like they were not so much of Los An I loved the idea of this book than the execution As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present.This book does that but only to a degree The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn t feel that any one of them had enough depth to totally pull me in to the world of the writer The book contains some wonderful snippets, and interesting impressions, but they felt like they were not so much of Los Angeles as they were of other people, of incidents, or of the movie industry not of Los Angeles as a character itself.Perhaps I am being harsh on the editor, but I am spoiled by Raymond Chandler s writing of Los Angeles When Philip Marlowe haunts the streets of the city the reader feels like they are there The city is dark the atmosphere is thick and the people are real I wanted that depth of understanding when I read this book, but it was like a quick postcard home A snippet, not a story flag Like see review Dec 26, 2018 Terri rated it liked it Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels This book was a bit hit and miss for me I truly enjoyed the letters that belonged to people that I recognized, such as musicians, writers, and those in Hollywood past and present The historical accounts I couldn t really get into b Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels This book was a bit hit and miss for me I truly enjoyed the letters that belonged to people that I recognized, such as musicians, writers, and those in Hollywood past and present The historical accounts I couldn t really get into because I know very little about west coast history in general I may have enjoyed it a bit if I had read the physical copy instead of the ebook because it would have been easier to quickly flip to the back to read the bio of those I did not recognize That said, anyone who has a deep interest in Los Angeles history will probably want to pick this one up Book provided by NetGalley flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Susan rated it it was amazing 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 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 few of the authors in this book It is fascinating to see Los Angeles through the diverse people views of Los Angeles I saw Los Angeles in ways that I had not seen or thought about It s a fascinating book to read.Disclaimer I received an arc of this book from the author publisher from Netgalley I wasn t obligated to write a favorable review or any review at all The opinions expressed are strictly my own flag Like see review Jan 18, 2019 Lynette Gile rated it it was amazing I fully enjoyed every page of Dear Los Angeles I live in the Los Angeles area and was born in Los Angeles, and I was fascinated with the different letters from the 1500 s through 2017 How the times have changed Yes, Los Angeles is a crowded, auto loving town but some of the writers description of our landscape, there s nothing like Los Angeles I especially was interested in the variety of writers works chosen for this book What a interesting take on an love it or hate it town flag Like see review Oct 17, 2018 Suzette rated it it was amazing 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 REYNOLDSThat 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 flag Like see review Tessy Consentino rated it really liked it Dec 27, 2018 John rated it really liked it Dec 20, 2018 Nov 28, 2018 Kim rated it liked it Shelves dnf This collection contains a list of short letters written as homage to the City of Angels, Los Angeles Published in calendar format, each day has several letters The letters range from the early settlement in the 1860s through to the 2018 Trump marches The authors are prominent persons from all fields, both upstanding and a bit on the seedier side.However, this arrangement has both pluses and minuses While it provides easy reference points holidays, etc , the constant jumping in time makes f This collection contains a list of short letters written as homage to the City of Angels, Los Angeles Published in calendar format, each day has several letters The letters range from the early settlement in the 1860s through to the 2018 Trump marches The authors are prominent persons from all fields, both upstanding and a bit on the seedier side.However, this arrangement has both pluses and minuses While it provides easy reference points holidays, etc , the constant jumping in time makes for difficulty adhering to one person s story I did look up most of the authors in Google as they aren t household names I would have liked to see each person s profession listed after their name Or perhaps an index for each person s story for those preferring an individual narrative.The main picture is one of a city constantly in flux, usually in the forefront of the events of this country LA isn t just the hub of Hollywoodland it s an intregal part of the fabric of America An escape and a foundation in one, flag Like see review Andrea Hernandez rated it it was amazing Dec 06, 2018 chirantha rated it liked it Jan 17, 2019 Ryan Luetzen rated it really liked it Dec 09, 2018 Sep 30, 2018 Trick Wiley rated it really liked it Read some but lost interest I guess because just not interested in California so can t really review this book of their writing flag Like see review Ernesto rated it it was amazing Dec 06, 2018 Heidrun rated it it was ok Dec 29, 2018 Diana Garcia rated it liked it Jan 09, 2019 Sep 01, 2018 Rose rated it really liked it I enjoyed this collection of letters and other things written about the city of Los Angeles While, I can t say I loved it, I did enjoy it I would recommend it to those interested in history and the city of Los Angeles in particular I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it flag Like see review Jon Higgins rated it it was amazing Jan 19, 2019 previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. Looks like another perfect day I love L.A We love it singer songwriter Randy NewmanRipen 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 Looks like [...]


    2. This book could have been written for me.I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals Though I must say, historical writing by today s scholars is veering away from white male gaze on politics and toward the actual people involved, including women But anyway From time to time over the years, when I m either This book co [...]


    3. I received an early version of the book via NetGalley.Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way day by day The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angeles anywhere from 1542 and 2018 At first, I found this non chronological approach to a big jolt The entries, most of them a few sentences or a paragraph or two, can jump from 19th century soldiers describing their rid I r [...]


    4. When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeksThe thing that people find hard to understand is the magnitude of what s here The huge numbers of multiple cultures that live in the city that come together in this beautiful and haphazard fashion And the fault lines between them are sometimes w When c [...]


    5. GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern California so well in calendar month and day order A little confusing at first, but this quickly became the only way to look at this collection I found this a wry and fascinating definition of L.A one I am pleased GNab [...]


    6. I m not sure how much you ll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor s idea of Los Angeles This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of just kidding, it s primarily a nother story of famous or semi famous white writers and artistic types in largely yesteryear Hollywood Faulkner and Fitzgerald thought WHAT about the studios Someone was at a party with Joan Didion Theodore Dreiser liked sex I really thought I m not sure [...]


    7. 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 This boo [...]


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