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Good Los Angeles stories start in the high desert. [Feb. 13th, 2011|08:20 pm]
The American Caliban
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Airplane Nose

The Mojave desert is a mess. I love it, not in an ironic-slumming decay-hugger way, just love it. Chaparral crackles when there's no other sound. Weird stuff grows out of nowhere and sits there daring you to find context. Ancient Mexican cowboys sell fruit to displaced urban black teenagers. The light is fierce and perfect and constant. Things break down and people just board them up and move on with their lives. All my life I've seen the desert as more functional, better adjusted, more of an organic whole than the city and the suburbs.

I want to say "don't change," Mojave, but I know you will, and I know you'll always surprise me.


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[User Picture]From: eyeteeth
2011-02-14 04:24 am (UTC)
I hope you'll take me there someday. Dare I hope for sun-bleached bones?
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2011-02-14 06:17 am (UTC)
Thanks!

I've been *through* California City but not stopped. What's there besides skydiving?
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2011-02-14 08:13 pm (UTC)
Wow! How cool. The endless grid is a feature of Lancaster/Palmdale, where the streets go out to 205th or something. BIG PLANS FOR THE FUTURE oops.
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[User Picture]From: mallorys_camera
2011-02-14 11:53 am (UTC)
I love the place where they dump the old planes!
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2011-02-14 08:11 pm (UTC)
Mojave Airport! Yes, that's a weird world of its own.
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[User Picture]From: hep
2011-02-14 07:43 pm (UTC)
WH DIDNT YOU TELL ME YOU WERE GOING?!?!

i will drive down and meet you. its only 6hr from here. NO ONE WILL GO WITH ME EVER BEAUSE THEY ARE ALL FKN LAZY BASTARDS.
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[User Picture]From: coffeechica
2011-02-14 07:48 pm (UTC)
Brilliant.
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