Tag Archives: Day of the Locust

Notes on the Apocalypse

Hollywood is where things go crazy. There are the hot dirty winds off the desert that put everyone on edge. There are the earthquakes, and the fires. Living in Hollywood is like waiting for the end of the world, coming … Continue reading

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Waiting for the End

Living in Hollywood is like waiting for the end of the world. This is where things go crazy, but perhaps living in America is like waiting for the end of the world. Donald Trump is an apocalyptic president – he’ll … Continue reading

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Considering the End of the World

There’s something nicely apocalyptic about Hollywood. There’s that last scene in the Nathanael West novel Day of the Locust – that’s where it all burns to the ground, all of Hollywood, and then all of Los Angeles, as the hapless and emblematic … Continue reading

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Miss Loneyhearts

No one likes advice – they resent being told to just cheer up and look on the sunny side of things, when their world is falling apart. Just try telling someone how to fix their golf swing. And psychiatrists know … Continue reading

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The Lure of the Apocalyptic

Tuesday, August 23 – now that was some day – there was wall-to-wall coverage of the Rebel Alliance basically chasing Gadhafi out of Tripoli. Yeah, all day long the cable news folks kept calling them the Rebel Alliance. But it … Continue reading

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Going West

Yes, some of us end up in Hollywood, but not for the reasons you’d expect. Sure, this apartment building just off the Sunset Strip, which looks like the set of Melrose Place and is sometimes actually used in films, has … Continue reading

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