Sara: Roland thinks L.A. is a place for the brain-dead. He says, if you turned off the sprinklers, it would turn into a desert. But I think - I don't know, it's not what I expected. It's a place where they've taken a desert and turned it into their dreams. I've seen a lot of L.A. and I think it's also a place of secrets: secret houses, secret lives, secret pleasures. And no one is looking to the outside for verification that what they're doing is all right. So what do you say, Roland?
Roland: I still say it's a place for the brain-dead.
-LA Story, 1991
This endless east coast heatwave is working my last frayed nerve, so I am jumping on a plane and heading to Los Angeles, where I can eat all the sprout and avocado sandwiches I want. Wheat germ and wheat grass, bring it. You can find me either at Intelligentsia Coffee or Vegan Glory.
While I'm in town I have the pleasure to sit on a panel hosted by the LA Forum entitled Dingbat as Cultural Icon, as part of the LA Forum’s recently completed Dingbat 2.0 Design Competition. (You can view the winners of the competition here.)
The event is moderated by Michael Osman and I'm excited to join panelists Barbara Bestor, Alan Hess, and Christopher Hawthorne. Hopefully, there will be a lively debate about the role of the dingbat as a cultural symbol for LA and the future of housing.
When: Saturday, July 17, 3-6 pm
Where: Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions, 6518 Hollywood Boulevard