I love that LA has a very beguiling mixture of magic and scam. Things feel real and it seems like anything is possible, but you also feel like it all might be a ripoff. I find that poetic.
"If you have a fascination with LA, you have a fascination with empty spaces." - Rick Prelinger Feb 2 2019
"… arguing that LA pioneered a form of existence in which the built environment itself became a mechanism for escaping a more dominant reality and opting out of the master narrative. Even the traditional form of the city, characterized by density, public plazas, and pedestrian friendly streetscapes, has gradually become its own kind of fantasy, another simulation marketed to certain demographics and reproduced most faithfully in theme parks like Disneyland and outdoor malls like The Grove."
— Drew Austin, https://kneelingbus.substack.com/p/132-internal-wrangler
All around, everyone was both hip and seemed to give no shits about said hipness. Not in the “hey look at me not giving a shit” modality you often find in “cool” parts of cities, but in the sort of addicted-to-cigarettes-and-not-caring-about-cancer way of not giving a shit.