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LA at Intermission

At the eleventh hour before the release of my next book, I had reservations and revelations. Oh, I had enough essays in pocket to slam Mayor Eric Garcetti for at least 150 pages. [UPDATE: Book is indeed up and out: "LA at Intermission: A City Mingling Towards Identity."]
But who wants to read that much relentless slam? Instead, the more I edited, the more the book became about the disintegration of identity in Los Angeles, and the re-emergence of a kind of more neutral, breezing, and shiftless civic identity a topic I've been writing about for three or four years, sometimes without realizing it.

Maybe best expressed by the cancellation of the Sunset Junction Street Fair and raves in the Coliseum, I ultimately came to see LA now as an intermission--a city pleasantly mingling at brightly lit bars and also paying more attention to yoga, health, and the ticketless indigents outside, but also as waiting for a next act which has not arrived yet, waiting, waiting for bells that never seem to come. Out go the essays critical of, say, the DWP, and in come the essays about the fall of Sunset Junction and the connect/disconnect of coffee houses, &c.