Los Angeles is such a town of show business, and I’m a terrible celebrity. I find it difficult — it’s the beast that must be fed. There’s this big wheel of pictures and articles that goes around, and you get pinned on it.
Marriages that last are with people who do not live in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is 72 suburbs in search of a city.
Los Angeles is a large city-like area surrounding the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Los Angeles is just New York lying down.
Los Angeles is a microcosm of the United States. If L.A. falls, the country falls.
I mean, who would want to live in a place where the only cultural advantage is that you can turn right on a red light?
There is nothing worse for me than sitting in traffic.
You know, you’re really nobody in LA unless you live in a house with a really big door.
I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.
Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Downtown Los Angeles is at present one of the most squalid places in the United States. Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang’s feeble imagination.
If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.
Cities are distinguished by the catastrophic forms they presuppose and which are a vital part of their essential charm. New York is King Kong, or the blackout, or vertical bombardment: Towering Inferno. Los Angeles is the horizontal fault, California breaking off and sliding into the Pacific: Earthquake.
If we talk about the environment, for example, we have to talk about environmental racism – about the fact that kids in South Central Los Angeles have a third of the lung capacity of kids in Santa Monica.
When I came to Los Angeles, it was the first time that I ever felt like I belong somewhere. Not because it was wacky, but because people here understood what I felt like to perform, and there were other kids my age who wanted to do it. I didn’t get looked at as God, you freak.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Anyone who has tried to take a stroll at dusk through a strange neighborhood patrolled by armed security guards and signposted with death threats quickly realizes how merely notional, if not utterly obsolete, is the old idea of the ‘freedom of the city’.
People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles.
Bret Easton Ellis