for Los Angeles

Less Than Zero

Bret Easton Ellis
Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980's, Less than Zero has become a timeless classic. This coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age.

This is the quintessential book about the wild life in LA in the 80’s. Set in the savage vacuousness of this decadent era, it’s a snapshot of a time I remember very well, but don’t necessarily want to relive... this novel is all the time travel I need.

Melissa Unger

Melissa Unger

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The Big Nowhere

James Ellroy
The book is a stunning panorama of Los Angeles in the 1950's. In best Film Noir tradition, it's about murder, communist witch hunts, crime and intrigues.

Lithium for Medea

Kate Braverman
Lithium for Medea is set in the bitter-sweet decay of Venice Beach in the 1970s, chronicling addiction in all its physical and psychological forms.

Bright Shiny Morning

James Frey
Bright Shiny Morning is set in a Los Angeles populated by miniature-golf moguls, ex-beauty queens, gun-shop owners, debauched child actors, meth dealers, and yoginis in thongs. Enjoy the ride.

One, no thousand stories in many parallel narratives, which have one thing in common: they are set in Los Angeles and trace the city's history in fiction and partly historical explanations. And maybe also my recommendation because I miss the pretentiously pink, sugar-coloured skies over Los Angeles in the morning and late afternoon.

Maurin Dietrich

Maurin Dietrich


Dark Ecology

Tim Morton
In witty and humorous language, Timothy Morton provides an affective atlas for the human era and interrogates the presumptions that have driven our approach to the ecological and environmental challenges of our era.

Here is the best example of the ecological end. We are killing ourselves. The earth is full. Humanity needs to account for its vast imposition on the land. Tim is well versed in eschatology - specifically by the destruction of the climate. It reminds me of all the vestigial bad parts of Los Angeles.  

Mitchell Joachim

Mitchell Joachim



Charles Bukowski
From the iconic dirty old man, Hollywood is the fictionalization of Charles Bukowski's experience adapting his novel Barfly into a movie by the same name.


Prepare a bottle of red - the "blood of gods" - and for a trip to tipsy Tinseltown.

Featuring Jean-Luc Godard and Werner Herzog. 

Lock in, lock down.

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