16 thoughts on “Everyday in LA No. 3

  1. 1. If He Hollers Let Him Go by Chester B. Himes
    2. Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
    3. Revolt of the Cockroach People by Oscar Acosta

  2. Molecular Thermodynamics – Paris Hilton

    Calculus, Linear And Nonlinear Functions – Kim Kardashian

    Spectral Functions in Mathematics and Physics – Kevin Federline

  3. I dig it Edie! Sorry about being long winded but I got carried away while looking up these three LA writers.

    “There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.”

    RED WIND, Raymond Chandler

    checked into the L.A. City jail (I was still a bit drunk)
    there was a crowd of prisoners waiting and
    nobody noticed me smoking a cigarette
    until some ash dropped off the end
    then a cop screamed at me about how
    “we kept this fucking place CLEAN!”
    “oh,” I said, and then the cop said,
    “wise fucker, huh?…O.K., now you
    get it!”
    and he pushed me into a back room and locked the door behind
    there behind a thick yellow floor-to-ceiling
    wire screen was this total
    he saw me and screamed
    ran violently toward me
    smashed into the wire screen
    bounced back
    rushed the wire again
    grabbing it
    shaking it
    wanting to get through it
    trying to get at me
    trying to kill me

    it was frightening
    but I was drunk
    found another cigarette
    lit it trembling
    pushed it through the wire
    expecting to get my hand ripped
    he took the smoke
    put it to his lips
    inhaled exhaled

    I lit up
    we stood there together

    that’s the way the cop
    found us
    when he opened the door

    “son of a bitch,” he said, “that’s
    beautiful, I wish I could let
    you go for that,”

    “I wish you could too,”
    I told him.

    “come on , “he

    as we walked out the door
    the madman grabbed the wire again and
    he rattled and banged the,
    that thick wire
    with the yellow paint flaking off
    revealing the
    pale grey paint

    BONE PALACE BALLET, Charles Bukowski

    A week later Buzz went by the grave, his fourth visit since LASD hustled the kid into the ground. The plot was a low-rent number in an East LA cemetary; the stone read

    Daniel Thomas Upshaw

    No beloved whatever of.
    No son of whoever.
    No Crucifix cut into the tablet and no RIP.
    Nothing juicy to catch a passerby’s interest, like “Cop Killer” or Almost DA’s Bureau Brass.” Nothing to spell it out true to whoever read the half-column hush job on the kid’s accidental death-a slip off a chair, a nose dive onto a kitchen cutlery rack.
    Fall Guy.

    THE BIG NOWHERE, James Ellroy

  4. 28 spots!

    Eulogy for a Brown Angel by Lucha Corpi
    Famous All Over Town by Danny Santiago
    Concrete River by Luis Rodriguez (it’s a poetry book but oh well!)

  5. John Fante – “Dreams from Bunker Hill”
    Frank Fenton – “A Place in the Sun”
    Gavin Lambert – “Inside Daisy Clover”

  6. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

    (Non-fiction but two other favorites:)

    Education of a Felon by Edward Bunker

    Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel

  7. “CIty of Night”- John Rechy
    “The Moths and Other Stories”- Helena Viramontes
    “Chicana Falsa”- Michelle Serros.

    Fiction/Short Stories, multiple settings in the LA-Ventura Region, and elsewhere.

  8. Phillip K. Dick – Puttering About in a Small Land

    Greg Bear – Queen of Angels

    Mike Davis – City of Quartz (isn’t it really hyperbolic fiction, anyways?)

  9. “The Big Sleep”-Raymond Chandler

    “The Tortilla Curtain”-T.C. Boyle

    “Day of The Locust”-Nathaniel West

  10. Ethnic Stuff:
    City Terrace Field Manual – Sesshu Foster (also Atomik Azteks)
    Ask the Dust – John Fante
    Nerdlandia – Gary Soto
    The last one is not really LA-specific, but the cover says it’s set in LA.

    Crime Novels:
    Devil in a Blue Dress – Walter Mosely (most of the Easy Rawlins books)
    The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
    Summer of the Big Bachi – Naomi Hirahara
    Many of Gary Phillips books

    There’s a lot of good nonfiction. LA’s truth is no stranger or fantastic than the truth anywhere else, which is often stranger and more unbelievable than fiction, but here, it’s written down.

  11. Thanks for the reading list, everyone. I read a book called “Republic of East LA”, by Luis Rodriguez. It’s a collection of short stories. Really good.

  12. I’ve gotta repeat what RobThomas wrote: Thanks for the Great Reading List. My library card is filled for the year. Many thanks to don quixote for the extensive quotes to give us all a little taste of some of these books.
    chimatli for counting the spots!

  13. Thanks for the reading recommendations! I’d like to add the first book that came to my mind….

    “The Road to Los Angeles” by John Fante

    My other two selections were already mentioned.

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