Born in East LA
You cant live in LA by normal people rules, because people in LA dont live by the same rules that we live by. Here, its all about the industry. People in LA, as far as I can tell, have a truly perverted view of the world. The world they live in is the world that I as a New Yorker, dont buy into. I dont watch television. I think the majority of the movies from Hollywood suck. I find that most of popular culture is not charming, but rather a plague which is successfully draining this country of both intelligence and ambition.
Brittany Spears is an embarrassment.
People here are obsessed with popular culture. They eat it up, in all its vulgarity, and recite television show trivia like gospel. It is a huge city, which much like its citizens, is forever looking at itself and completely misses what is happening in the world around them. I asked the question what if you dont have a television in LA? to a party of people, to which I was greeted with the most frightened faces I had seen all vacation.
“Why would you want to do that?”
LA is also a fantastic city to watch, like a car wreck is fun to watch. The people here are caricatures of themselves in many ways, like theres the Indy people with the retro mesh-hats, or the punks with their Misfits shirts and bullet holding belts, or the people walking down Melrose in full club outfits on a Sunday morning. It really is a great place for people watching. There are the standard truths about LA, like everybody drives, everybody wants to be famous, and most people are not walking around with their original cheeks. After a few days here it all started to make sense.
All in all, Los Angeles is a fantastic city to be in, because it has its own personality. It isnt trying to be anything its not. LA is a vapid, self-indulgent, hedonistic, energetic, and often hypercritic city, just like New York. It is what it is.
*I am a fan.*