Looking Back

New photography became even more difficult last week. Health issues. Limited mobility. But here are another four June days from the archives, in lieu of new photography, for now.

Sensing the End (35 images): Ivar Avenue, Hollywood – the street where Nathaniel West was living when he wrote “The Day of the Locust” – his famous 1939 novel about the end of the world – starting in Hollywood. The street hasn’t changed much. It’s still a dark place, now with the Frances Howard Goldwyn Library – the Hollywood Regional Library of the Los Angeles Public Library system – right in the middle of things – from Frank Gehry, 1986 – before his buildings got all swoopy. This is just hard and cold. And it always feels like the end of the world on Ivar Avenue. ~ Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Hollywood: Late June (41 images): A Friday afternoon in late June in the center of Hollywood, in and around Hollywood and Vine – the town suddenly looked very strange. ~ Friday, June 26, 2015

Lighthouse Street (26 images): Edward Hopper painted Nighthawks in 1942 – those few lonely people in that city diner late at night – now the definitive visual expression of urban alienation. If Edward Hopper had lived at the beach he would have lived on Lighthouse Street on the Marina Peninsula, with its empty white bridge at one end and the appropriate sign at the other end. It’s the same sort of thing. ~ Friday, June 15, 2018

Where Los Angeles Ends (32 images): The basketball court at the end of the world and the rocky cliffs below, and the harbor at San Pedro, Tuesday, June 21, 2016

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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