Tag Archives: Life in Hollywood

Moving Beyond Irony

Irony can disappear. It disappeared after twenty-five years of living in the middle of Hollywood. It was easy enough to smile, knowingly, at a place built on every possible cliché about good and evil, where ambitious men with no other … Continue reading

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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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A Pause

There is no Tuesday evening column, because of a social engagement, dinner on Hollywood Boulevard with some folks from Disney, at the Hillview Hollywood – built in 1917 by Jesse L. Lasky, the co-founder of Paramount Pictures, and his brother-in-law … Continue reading

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Helter-Skelter

There’s the small shopping center down on the corner here, with a Starbucks and a multiplex and a trendy fitness gym and a Trader Joe’s – where Schwab’s Drug Store used to sit, where Lana Turner, in her tight sweater, … Continue reading

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Making It Personal

Oscar week here in Hollywood is a pain. Down the street on Hollywood Boulevard they’re assembling the set in front of the Dolby Theater – the red carpet comes next, along with the giant fiberglass Oscars on every corner. They’re … Continue reading

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American Sissies

The Super Bowl arrived here in Hollywood in the middle of the afternoon, but it was a big Sunday evening event back east, the biggest of the year. Ask the advertisers. They paid four million dollars for each thirty-second spot, … Continue reading

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The City That Never Sleeps Cannot Sleep

Paris always felt like home, finally. Sitting at the Flore early on a rainy December evening, each December, sipping cognac and watching the lights of the cars on the Boulevard slide by, through the existentially steamed-up windows, gloriously alone, was … Continue reading

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