Inherent Vice Chapter One

I’ve included the link for Chapter One of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, a novel describing a bizarre crime investigation process. In many ways, I feel that Pynchon’s novel and representation of bohemian L.A. captured the spirit of the city from a hyperbolic point-of-view.

Inherent Vice Chapter One

Sandra Beasley’s Love Poem for LA

I’ve attached the text and a link which contains the text and audio for Sandra Beasley’s Love Poem for LA. The poem is encompassing in that it speaks to LA’s great history yet extraordinarily modern culture.

Two hundred years ago, we set out west one
oath at a time, a long game of Telephone: You

are our strangest echo, the promise of Great American
Self-Storage. Los Angeles, I love your red-and-white

strip joints, your car dealerships, your Bob Hope Hall
of Patriotism. I love the graze of your fingernails,

your slow sparklers of palm trees, your buildings silver
and inscrutable, this constant haze as if a battle just

ended and your bloodied asking Did we win? Did we win?
Los Angeles, take off your sunglasses, roll your window

down; I like it when you let your hair whip into knots.
Los Angeles, even your salads glisten with fish and

though I know you dream of living forever, cancer
looks good on you. Los Angeles, I love the ways

you misunderstand me: Jew for blue, erosion for ocean.
I am rushing your Russians, I am cold for your gold.

When I tell you I’m married, all you say is I do.
When I say Don’t get hurt you hear Flirt harder.

Love Poem for LA

Drive

Nicolas Winding Refn creates a beautiful and graphic film about the Los Angeles underworld. A huge part of this film is the scenery, in particular the overhead shots of Los Angeles showing the low and high rise buildings, palm streets and general dispersion of this immense city. Also important in this film is the incredible diversity of characters representing different backgrounds and social situations, which I believe is indicative of LA demographics and culture.

Conclusion to Chinatown

A great ending to a great RP movie. This scene is great not only in tying together the narrative, but also demonstrating the ethnic and visual diversity of LA.

GKMC, a short film by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth

I’ve linked the full album to Kendrick Lamar’s GKMC. This piece of media is an interesting take on narrative. Kendrick describes this work as a film with most of the images being conceptualized. GKMC is also notable in Kendrick’s recollection of his youth in Compton. His descriptions, while often tragic, also unveils a certain beauty to his dangerous circumstances.

Blade Runner

Blade Runner depicts the dystopian future of LA. The film’s cinematography is particularly engaging in its illustration of a futuristic downtrodden LA. I’ve attached the trailer below to provide a sample of what Ridley Scott’s illustration has to offer. For literary value, one should also read the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick which Blade Runner is based on.