Tag Archives: Life in Hollywood

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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The Hollywood Magnet

Some places are magnets – Manhattan, Paris, Hollywood – you’re going to end up there one day, somehow, and maybe you’ll stay, and maybe the move from upstate New York in 1981 was inevitable. The marriage had ended and the … Continue reading

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Unease in the Absence of Drama

There’s a rule out here in Hollywood – ignore them. They’ll appreciate it and you won’t come off as a jerk, as some yokel from Iowa who just saw a movie star and wet his pants. Locals know this. Nod … Continue reading

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Ghost Politics

Living in the middle of Hollywood seemed a good idea at the time, but that was twenty years ago. Now it is what it is. Like the rest of Los Angeles, Hollywood is dry and hard, baking in the brutal … Continue reading

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