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 “People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles. This is the first thing I hear when I come back to the city. Blair picks me up from LAX and mutters this under her breath as she drives up the onramp. She says, “People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles.” Though that sentence shouldn’t bother me, it stays in my mind for an uncomfortably long time. Nothing else seems to matter. Not the fact that I’m eighteen and it’s December and the ride on the plane had been rough and the couple from Santa Barbara, who were sitting across from me in first class, had gotten pretty drunk. Not the mud that had splattered on the legs of my jeans, which felt kind of cold and loose, earlier that day at an airport in New Hampshire. Not the stain on the arm of the wrinkled, damp shirt I wear, a shirt which looked fresh and clean this morning. Not the tear on the neck of my gray argyle vest, which seems vaguely more eastern than before, especially next to Blair’s clean tight jeans and her pale-blue shirt. All of this seems irrelevant next to that one sentence. It seems easier to hear that people are afraid to merge than “I’m pretty sure Muriel is anorexic” or the singer on the radio crying out about magnetic waves. Nothing else seems to matter to me but those ten words. Not the warm winds, which seem to propel the car down the empty asphalt freeway, or the faded smell of marijuana which still faintly permeates Blaire’s car. All it comes down to is the fact that I’m a boy coming home for a month and meeting someone whom I haven’t seen for four months and people are afraid to merge.”  – Brett Easton Ellis, “LESS THAN ZERO“, 1985

 

LA is… long walks on the BEACH at the end of the day.

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LA is… MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE.  (MILK STUDIOS)

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LA is… BROOKLYN.  The similarity in the passion of the food scene is undeniable!  (PETIT TROIS / TROIS MEC)

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LA is… MOTORCYCLES and SKATEBOARDS and BARBER SHOPS.  (DEUS EX MACHINA, RUDY’S BARBERSHOP, CAFFE VITA)

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LA is VINTAGE CARS.

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LA is SURF culture.  (SURFING COWBOYS)

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LA is  the beauty and laid back vibe of MALIBU.  (MALIBU FARM)

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LA is the East side cool of SILVERLAKE. (CAFE STELLA, BLOSSOM)

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LA is the West Side cool of Venice. (GJUSTA, MOON JUICE, CAFE GRATITUDE, SUPERBA best avocado toast ever)

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LA is… HOLLYWOOD hideaways. (PETIT HERMITAGE)

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LA is… sustainable seafood.  (WILD LOCAL SEAFOOD CO)  These guys based just north of LA are doing great work and remind me of my friends in Montauk and now Key West, Dock to Dish.

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LA is… incredible FARMERS MARKETS all year long.

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LA is… where I was born.  A mix of fantasy and reality like a David Hockney painting.  A place where right now life+style are seeming to merge more than ever…

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