Los Angeles Is Not La-la Land

Angeles Is Not La-la Land

EVERY GENERATION OR SO, THE REAL LOS ANGELES INtrudes itself into the palmy myth preferred by the outside world. The riot two weeks ago was such an occasion. Suddenly, La-la land -- with its beaches and movie stars, Rolls- Royces and Evian, its Italian suits and car phones, its upscale shopping malls and matching, coke-sniffing boy-girl bimbos -- was gone. In its place were wasted landscapes and hard people whose anger and alienation seemed for a while to know no bounds.

An immediate good that may emerge from the rioting is that the world will finally begin to lose its sense...

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