Category Archives: Life in Hollywood

The Gag Reflex

No one gagged – but this is Hollywood. Everyone is exempt from everything out here in Hollywood, where every day the Spiderman impersonator chats with the guy dressed as Jesus, in front of the Chinese Theater, across the street from … Continue reading

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Look for the Union Label

Hollywood is an odd place. Everyone knows that, but those of us who live here know just how odd this place is. Yeah, there are all the movie studios, which aren’t actually in Hollywood itself, but then there are all … Continue reading

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Their Closing Arguments

Here in the land of make-believe things aren’t what they seem. Hollywood Boulevard isn’t glamorous – it’s kind of seedy. The tourists look bewildered. The old bank building on the corner at Highland – a sort of Gothic meets Deco … Continue reading

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Getting to Know You

Here, one block up from the Sunset Strip at the foot of Laurel Canyon, tucked out of the way, summer nights are quiet. The apartment has a balcony out back – a good place to sit and smoke a pipe. … Continue reading

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The Logic of Loosening Up a Bit

Okay, this is an odd place. Down on the corner there’s a small mall, where Schwab’s Drug Store used to stand, where Lana Turner wasn’t really discovered. But something else did happen there. In early 1939 Harold Arlen slowed his … Continue reading

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That Slow Fade to Black

Sunday, April 22 – and the June Gloom arrives in Los Angeles a few months early – that all day marine layer of light fog with three or four minutes of watery sunshine breaking through in late afternoon, followed by … Continue reading

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Puck’s Words

In the middle of Hollywood, just north of Sunset Boulevard and Cahuenga – Larry King Square, where you’ll find CNN’s Los Angeles Bureau in its fancy glass tower – there’s a mysterious old building with a peculiar lavender inscription across … Continue reading

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