Joan Didion on Los Angeles

2 Aug

Downtown Los Angeles

“The city burning is Los Angeles’ deepest image of itself…Los Angeles weather is the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse, and…so the violence and the unpredictability of the Santa Ana affect the entire quality of life in Los Angeles, accentuate its impermanence, its unreliability. The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.”

–from “Los Angeles Notebook”, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion

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