Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018

Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018

A rich mosaic of diary entries and letters from Marilyn Monroe, Cesar Chavez, Susan Sontag, Albert Einstein, and many more, this is the story of Los Angeles as told by locals, transplants, and some just passing through. The City of Angels has played a distinct role in the hearts, minds, and imaginations of millions of people, who see it as the ultimate symbol of the America A rich mosaic of diary entries and letters from Marilyn Monroe, Cesar Chavez, Susan Sontag, Albert Einstein, and many...

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Title:Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018
Author:David Kipen
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0812993985
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:576 pages pages

Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018 Reviews

  • Nancy
    Aug 04, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

  • Sherwood Smith
    Nov 14, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

  • Laurie
    Nov 20, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

  • Elyse
    Jun 08, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

  • Terri
    Dec 26, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

  • Vivian
    May 01, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

  • Lisa
    Apr 16, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

    It's an interesting read, more for insights into historic and contemporary folks than about the city. One of my favorites: "1940 - I am still in bed - this time the result of 25 years of cigarettes. You have got two beautiful bad examples of parents. Just do everything we didn't do...

    Daaaaaaaamn this book was interesting and funny and hard to put down. It made me love my city even more. A compelling portrait of a "candyshit" "hellhole." Everything from love letters to suicide notes. Famous authors, movie stars, directors, urbanists, artists and politicians write ab...

    In this book, the reader will find excerpts of diaries, journals, and letters. Also there are a few tweets, blogs, and speech excerpts included. Most of the people lived in Los Angeles and some excerpts are from visitors there. The time period covers about 500 years from mission towns ...

    This book was a fun change of pace. It was really interesting to see the growth of Los Angeles through the eyes of so many different people from so many different times. Could of done with a lot less of Theodore Dreiser's rapturous sex life reports, but that was really the only weak sp...

  • Karen
    Mar 01, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

    It's an interesting read, more for insights into historic and contemporary folks than about the city. One of my favorites: "1940 - I am still in bed - this time the result of 25 years of cigarettes. You have got two beautiful bad examples of parents. Just do everything we didn't do...

    Daaaaaaaamn this book was interesting and funny and hard to put down. It made me love my city even more. A compelling portrait of a "candyshit" "hellhole." Everything from love letters to suicide notes. Famous authors, movie stars, directors, urbanists, artists and politicians write ab...

    In this book, the reader will find excerpts of diaries, journals, and letters. Also there are a few tweets, blogs, and speech excerpts included. Most of the people lived in Los Angeles and some excerpts are from visitors there. The time period covers about 500 years from mission towns ...

    This book was a fun change of pace. It was really interesting to see the growth of Los Angeles through the eyes of so many different people from so many different times. Could of done with a lot less of Theodore Dreiser's rapturous sex life reports, but that was really the only weak sp...

    I fully enjoyed every page of Dear Los Angeles. I live in the Los Angeles area and was born in Los Angeles, and I was fascinated with the different letters from the 1500?s through 2017. How the times have changed. Yes, Los Angeles is a crowded, auto-loving town but some of the writer...

    ?People in LA are deathly afraid of gluten. I swear to god, you could rob a liquor store in this city with a bagel.? RYAN REYNOLDS That is just one of the many diary posts that are in this book. Some are poignant, many are funny and some are just provide great information for th...

    I marked that I?ve ?read? this because I have but I am also ?reading? it still or again. Each day I read that day?s entry. It belongs on every Angeleno or lover of Los Angeles ?s shelf with City of Quartz, most of Didion, most of James Elroy, Hammett, Chandler, Day of the...

    An interesting take on a region with a diverse and long history. Snippets of different stories told through diary entries or in correspondence caught my attention and I was excited to find out more about the lives of some of the Who's who of Hollywood or the Literary world as well as t...

    Given the nature of the book (random diary entries from each day of the year), the book is pretty disjointed. To me, many of the entries did little to advance knowledge of LA either. Hard to see who the audience for the book would be... ...

    This book was absolutely fantastic. I recommend it to anyone who knows LA, and most especially to anyone struggling to find their place here. ...

  • Melise
    Aug 23, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

  • Suzette
    Oct 17, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

    It's an interesting read, more for insights into historic and contemporary folks than about the city. One of my favorites: "1940 - I am still in bed - this time the result of 25 years of cigarettes. You have got two beautiful bad examples of parents. Just do everything we didn't do...

    Daaaaaaaamn this book was interesting and funny and hard to put down. It made me love my city even more. A compelling portrait of a "candyshit" "hellhole." Everything from love letters to suicide notes. Famous authors, movie stars, directors, urbanists, artists and politicians write ab...

    In this book, the reader will find excerpts of diaries, journals, and letters. Also there are a few tweets, blogs, and speech excerpts included. Most of the people lived in Los Angeles and some excerpts are from visitors there. The time period covers about 500 years from mission towns ...

    This book was a fun change of pace. It was really interesting to see the growth of Los Angeles through the eyes of so many different people from so many different times. Could of done with a lot less of Theodore Dreiser's rapturous sex life reports, but that was really the only weak sp...

    I fully enjoyed every page of Dear Los Angeles. I live in the Los Angeles area and was born in Los Angeles, and I was fascinated with the different letters from the 1500?s through 2017. How the times have changed. Yes, Los Angeles is a crowded, auto-loving town but some of the writer...

    ?People in LA are deathly afraid of gluten. I swear to god, you could rob a liquor store in this city with a bagel.? RYAN REYNOLDS That is just one of the many diary posts that are in this book. Some are poignant, many are funny and some are just provide great information for th...

  • Adam
    Jan 11, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

  • dOnnabud lewis
    Mar 01, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

    It's an interesting read, more for insights into historic and contemporary folks than about the city. One of my favorites: "1940 - I am still in bed - this time the result of 25 years of cigarettes. You have got two beautiful bad examples of parents. Just do everything we didn't do...

  • Beth Cato
    Nov 01, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    Jan 09, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

  • Bonnye Reed
    Aug 07, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

  • Susan
    Jan 26, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

    It's an interesting read, more for insights into historic and contemporary folks than about the city. One of my favorites: "1940 - I am still in bed - this time the result of 25 years of cigarettes. You have got two beautiful bad examples of parents. Just do everything we didn't do...

    Daaaaaaaamn this book was interesting and funny and hard to put down. It made me love my city even more. A compelling portrait of a "candyshit" "hellhole." Everything from love letters to suicide notes. Famous authors, movie stars, directors, urbanists, artists and politicians write ab...

    In this book, the reader will find excerpts of diaries, journals, and letters. Also there are a few tweets, blogs, and speech excerpts included. Most of the people lived in Los Angeles and some excerpts are from visitors there. The time period covers about 500 years from mission towns ...

  • David
    Mar 02, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

    It's an interesting read, more for insights into historic and contemporary folks than about the city. One of my favorites: "1940 - I am still in bed - this time the result of 25 years of cigarettes. You have got two beautiful bad examples of parents. Just do everything we didn't do...

    Daaaaaaaamn this book was interesting and funny and hard to put down. It made me love my city even more. A compelling portrait of a "candyshit" "hellhole." Everything from love letters to suicide notes. Famous authors, movie stars, directors, urbanists, artists and politicians write ab...

    In this book, the reader will find excerpts of diaries, journals, and letters. Also there are a few tweets, blogs, and speech excerpts included. Most of the people lived in Los Angeles and some excerpts are from visitors there. The time period covers about 500 years from mission towns ...

    This book was a fun change of pace. It was really interesting to see the growth of Los Angeles through the eyes of so many different people from so many different times. Could of done with a lot less of Theodore Dreiser's rapturous sex life reports, but that was really the only weak sp...

    I fully enjoyed every page of Dear Los Angeles. I live in the Los Angeles area and was born in Los Angeles, and I was fascinated with the different letters from the 1500?s through 2017. How the times have changed. Yes, Los Angeles is a crowded, auto-loving town but some of the writer...

    ?People in LA are deathly afraid of gluten. I swear to god, you could rob a liquor store in this city with a bagel.? RYAN REYNOLDS That is just one of the many diary posts that are in this book. Some are poignant, many are funny and some are just provide great information for th...

    I marked that I?ve ?read? this because I have but I am also ?reading? it still or again. Each day I read that day?s entry. It belongs on every Angeleno or lover of Los Angeles ?s shelf with City of Quartz, most of Didion, most of James Elroy, Hammett, Chandler, Day of the...

  • Denise
    Feb 25, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

    It's an interesting read, more for insights into historic and contemporary folks than about the city. One of my favorites: "1940 - I am still in bed - this time the result of 25 years of cigarettes. You have got two beautiful bad examples of parents. Just do everything we didn't do...

    Daaaaaaaamn this book was interesting and funny and hard to put down. It made me love my city even more. A compelling portrait of a "candyshit" "hellhole." Everything from love letters to suicide notes. Famous authors, movie stars, directors, urbanists, artists and politicians write ab...

    In this book, the reader will find excerpts of diaries, journals, and letters. Also there are a few tweets, blogs, and speech excerpts included. Most of the people lived in Los Angeles and some excerpts are from visitors there. The time period covers about 500 years from mission towns ...

    This book was a fun change of pace. It was really interesting to see the growth of Los Angeles through the eyes of so many different people from so many different times. Could of done with a lot less of Theodore Dreiser's rapturous sex life reports, but that was really the only weak sp...

    I fully enjoyed every page of Dear Los Angeles. I live in the Los Angeles area and was born in Los Angeles, and I was fascinated with the different letters from the 1500?s through 2017. How the times have changed. Yes, Los Angeles is a crowded, auto-loving town but some of the writer...

    ?People in LA are deathly afraid of gluten. I swear to god, you could rob a liquor store in this city with a bagel.? RYAN REYNOLDS That is just one of the many diary posts that are in this book. Some are poignant, many are funny and some are just provide great information for th...

    I marked that I?ve ?read? this because I have but I am also ?reading? it still or again. Each day I read that day?s entry. It belongs on every Angeleno or lover of Los Angeles ?s shelf with City of Quartz, most of Didion, most of James Elroy, Hammett, Chandler, Day of the...

    An interesting take on a region with a diverse and long history. Snippets of different stories told through diary entries or in correspondence caught my attention and I was excited to find out more about the lives of some of the Who's who of Hollywood or the Literary world as well as t...

    Given the nature of the book (random diary entries from each day of the year), the book is pretty disjointed. To me, many of the entries did little to advance knowledge of LA either. Hard to see who the audience for the book would be... ...

  • Scott S.
    Jan 08, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

  • Boz
    Jul 29, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

  • Henry Louis
    Jan 19, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

  • Beau North
    May 05, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

  • Lynette Gile
    Jan 18, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

    It's an interesting read, more for insights into historic and contemporary folks than about the city. One of my favorites: "1940 - I am still in bed - this time the result of 25 years of cigarettes. You have got two beautiful bad examples of parents. Just do everything we didn't do...

    Daaaaaaaamn this book was interesting and funny and hard to put down. It made me love my city even more. A compelling portrait of a "candyshit" "hellhole." Everything from love letters to suicide notes. Famous authors, movie stars, directors, urbanists, artists and politicians write ab...

    In this book, the reader will find excerpts of diaries, journals, and letters. Also there are a few tweets, blogs, and speech excerpts included. Most of the people lived in Los Angeles and some excerpts are from visitors there. The time period covers about 500 years from mission towns ...

    This book was a fun change of pace. It was really interesting to see the growth of Los Angeles through the eyes of so many different people from so many different times. Could of done with a lot less of Theodore Dreiser's rapturous sex life reports, but that was really the only weak sp...

    I fully enjoyed every page of Dear Los Angeles. I live in the Los Angeles area and was born in Los Angeles, and I was fascinated with the different letters from the 1500?s through 2017. How the times have changed. Yes, Los Angeles is a crowded, auto-loving town but some of the writer...

  • Ayesha
    Jun 28, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

    It's an interesting read, more for insights into historic and contemporary folks than about the city. One of my favorites: "1940 - I am still in bed - this time the result of 25 years of cigarettes. You have got two beautiful bad examples of parents. Just do everything we didn't do...

    Daaaaaaaamn this book was interesting and funny and hard to put down. It made me love my city even more. A compelling portrait of a "candyshit" "hellhole." Everything from love letters to suicide notes. Famous authors, movie stars, directors, urbanists, artists and politicians write ab...

    In this book, the reader will find excerpts of diaries, journals, and letters. Also there are a few tweets, blogs, and speech excerpts included. Most of the people lived in Los Angeles and some excerpts are from visitors there. The time period covers about 500 years from mission towns ...

    This book was a fun change of pace. It was really interesting to see the growth of Los Angeles through the eyes of so many different people from so many different times. Could of done with a lot less of Theodore Dreiser's rapturous sex life reports, but that was really the only weak sp...

    I fully enjoyed every page of Dear Los Angeles. I live in the Los Angeles area and was born in Los Angeles, and I was fascinated with the different letters from the 1500?s through 2017. How the times have changed. Yes, Los Angeles is a crowded, auto-loving town but some of the writer...

    ?People in LA are deathly afraid of gluten. I swear to god, you could rob a liquor store in this city with a bagel.? RYAN REYNOLDS That is just one of the many diary posts that are in this book. Some are poignant, many are funny and some are just provide great information for th...

    I marked that I?ve ?read? this because I have but I am also ?reading? it still or again. Each day I read that day?s entry. It belongs on every Angeleno or lover of Los Angeles ?s shelf with City of Quartz, most of Didion, most of James Elroy, Hammett, Chandler, Day of the...

    An interesting take on a region with a diverse and long history. Snippets of different stories told through diary entries or in correspondence caught my attention and I was excited to find out more about the lives of some of the Who's who of Hollywood or the Literary world as well as t...

  • Mark
    Mar 22, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

    It's an interesting read, more for insights into historic and contemporary folks than about the city. One of my favorites: "1940 - I am still in bed - this time the result of 25 years of cigarettes. You have got two beautiful bad examples of parents. Just do everything we didn't do...

    Daaaaaaaamn this book was interesting and funny and hard to put down. It made me love my city even more. A compelling portrait of a "candyshit" "hellhole." Everything from love letters to suicide notes. Famous authors, movie stars, directors, urbanists, artists and politicians write ab...

    In this book, the reader will find excerpts of diaries, journals, and letters. Also there are a few tweets, blogs, and speech excerpts included. Most of the people lived in Los Angeles and some excerpts are from visitors there. The time period covers about 500 years from mission towns ...

    This book was a fun change of pace. It was really interesting to see the growth of Los Angeles through the eyes of so many different people from so many different times. Could of done with a lot less of Theodore Dreiser's rapturous sex life reports, but that was really the only weak sp...

    I fully enjoyed every page of Dear Los Angeles. I live in the Los Angeles area and was born in Los Angeles, and I was fascinated with the different letters from the 1500?s through 2017. How the times have changed. Yes, Los Angeles is a crowded, auto-loving town but some of the writer...

    ?People in LA are deathly afraid of gluten. I swear to god, you could rob a liquor store in this city with a bagel.? RYAN REYNOLDS That is just one of the many diary posts that are in this book. Some are poignant, many are funny and some are just provide great information for th...

    I marked that I?ve ?read? this because I have but I am also ?reading? it still or again. Each day I read that day?s entry. It belongs on every Angeleno or lover of Los Angeles ?s shelf with City of Quartz, most of Didion, most of James Elroy, Hammett, Chandler, Day of the...

    An interesting take on a region with a diverse and long history. Snippets of different stories told through diary entries or in correspondence caught my attention and I was excited to find out more about the lives of some of the Who's who of Hollywood or the Literary world as well as t...

    Given the nature of the book (random diary entries from each day of the year), the book is pretty disjointed. To me, many of the entries did little to advance knowledge of LA either. Hard to see who the audience for the book would be... ...

    This book was absolutely fantastic. I recommend it to anyone who knows LA, and most especially to anyone struggling to find their place here. ...

    Very interesting vignettes into Los Angeles over several centuries. It grows on you as the days go by and the picture of the city emerges. ...

  • Natalie
    Jul 26, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

  • Gwen Chavarria
    Feb 16, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

  • Elizabeth Rian
    Mar 29, 2019

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

    I loved the idea of this book more than the execution. As a relatively new resident of California I was eager to immerse myself in the past as well as the present. This book does that--but only to a degree. The short entries are easy to read, but also easy to put down because I didn...

    This is the "Definitive" book about the real Los Angeles and its history. I loved the format the author choose . This book is a collection of letters, thoughts and words from diaries on Los Angeles from 1542 through 2018. This is a lovely collection that is quite varied in content wi...

    Dear Los Angeles is a unique look at the city throughout its existence, from the days before California became a state to present day. Each letter and journal entry belonging to a person who has a unique point of view of their daily lives in the City of Angels. This book was a bit ...

    "Dear Los Angeles" is a fascinating study, obliquely approaching the centuries-long history of the city through excerpts from letters and diaries of its citizens, visitors, and critics, some unknown, some well known, some no longer as well known as they should be. This results in a gra...

    It's an interesting read, more for insights into historic and contemporary folks than about the city. One of my favorites: "1940 - I am still in bed - this time the result of 25 years of cigarettes. You have got two beautiful bad examples of parents. Just do everything we didn't do...

    Daaaaaaaamn this book was interesting and funny and hard to put down. It made me love my city even more. A compelling portrait of a "candyshit" "hellhole." Everything from love letters to suicide notes. Famous authors, movie stars, directors, urbanists, artists and politicians write ab...

  • Mage's Almanac
    Sep 15, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...

    GNab I found the construction of this collection of diary and letter offerings and fantasies intriguing. Rather than set out, as tradition would dictate, in year sequence, David Kipen has organized his groupings of quotations by many well knowns that define Los Angeles and southern Cal...

    This book has an unusual layout: there is an entry for every day of the year, but the *year* the entry is from varies from 1542 through 2018. The entries are chosen from letters and diaries. Each one is a statement about life in Los Angeles at the time. Some are from Catholic brethren ...

    Overall: Dear Los Angeles was an enjoyable light reading experience. It was fascinating to see glimpses of the authors? myriad LA experiences, though I?ll admit that I only found a fraction of the entries particularly compelling. The organization of entries by day (rather than ...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did. I am a native Angeleno, and I studied Los Angeles history for my master's degree, so I was already fairly familiar with many of the situations that were referenced in these diary entries and letters. And I really enjoyed read...

    DEAR LOS ANGELES is a collection of ephemera about the history of, and life, in LA. The author chose to place all these glimpses into LA history with no particular order. I cannot understand the logic of the presentation. It is neither by author or date, rather disconnected fragments. ...

    This book clearly needs to go on a diet, but there were enough gems hidden in its 500+ page girth that I felt it was worth something between 3 and 4 stars. Pretty much everything from before the rise of Hollywood provided an interesting perspective on the city to this confirmed east...

    I could read a whole series of books like this one. The editor has drawn together diary entries spanning centuries, taking us through Spanish settlements and the rise of Hollywood. We see the city grow dense and fill with smog, and we see the positive Californian outlook of LA's dreame...

  • Literary Soirée
    Aug 03, 2018

    Love me, hate me Entertaining overview of the city through personal letters and diary entries of a multitude of individuals including Hollywood stars, writer, explorers, officials, clergy, and average folks. A skimming over of time as the area changed from the first Spanish entries ...

    "Looks like another perfect day - I love L.A. ! (We love it!)" -- singer/songwriter Randy Newman Ripen assembles various journal, diary, or blog entries from actors (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlton Heston), authors (of all types - novelists, screenwriters and journalists), earl...

    This book could have been written for me. I collect letters and diaries, as I find firsthand glimpses of the past so much more interesting than fiction written through a modern lens, or historical treatises that go on about politics without focusing on the individuals. (Though I mus...

    I received an early version of the book via NetGalley. Kipen approached the history and development of Los Angeles in an intriguing, unique way: day by day. The book is essentially arranged like a daily devotional, with each day containing diary entries written about or in Los Angel...

    When celebrated food critic Jonathan Gold passed away recently, one of his most popular quotes was circulated around the internet: "If you live in Los Angeles, you are used to having your city explained to you by people who come in for a couple weeks...The thing that people find hard t...

    I'm not sure how much you'll learn about the actual city of Los Angeles by reading this book, but you WILL learn a fair bit about the editor's idea of Los Angeles. This is the untold story of an eclectic tapestry of... just kidding, it's primarily a(nother) story of famous or semi-famo...

    4.5 stars, fascinating look at our fastest changing city through the eyes of the people who lived there. ...

    I so wanted to love DEAR LOS ANGELES by David Kipen, L. A. native, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts and book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The potential is there for a terrific read, as this fascinating collection features diary entries ...