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by dharma_bum
Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:39 pm
Forum: 2007 Birthday Project for Great Ormond Street Hospital
Topic: WOW . . . Johnny Depp says "Thank you" to the Zone
Replies: 154
Views: 28673

It was a privilege to participate in the Birthday Project, just as it is a privilege to join all of you here everyday. Congratulations Natalie for making the project a success beyond your wildest dreams, the usual words escape me... so I'll end with someone else's. "We make a living by what we ...
by dharma_bum
Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:06 am
Forum: Announcements and Calendars
Topic: ONBC Book Poll - Public Enemies or Rum Diary?
Replies: 30
Views: 8624

I loved the Rum Diaries, but I have the distinct feeling that it will languish and might never get made. Public Enemies will be refreshing and fun to talk about a book as it's being filmed.
by dharma_bum
Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: Ask the Dust
Topic: ATD Question #17 ~ Buttermilk
Replies: 11
Views: 3140

i agree with the comments so far, especially Fante using milk as a recurring metaphor. California has often been referred to as the "the land of milk and honey"... an Eden (of course it's not). Fante makes it into a cautionary tale... be careful what you wish for. Aurturo cannot tolerate e...
by dharma_bum
Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:01 pm
Forum: Ask the Dust
Topic: ATD Question #10 ~ Arturo and His Religion
Replies: 12
Views: 3651

I thought Arturo used religion as a quick fix to make him feel better about himself. He was always disappointed with the results because he had a problem understanding the difference between practicing religion and faith, just as he misunderstood the difference between sex and intimacy, and the diff...
by dharma_bum
Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:41 pm
Forum: Ask the Dust
Topic: ATD Question #6 ~ A Sweet Little Peon
Replies: 11
Views: 2610

I actually think the barb trading had very little to do with ethnicity. It was an easy, superficial and childlike way to avoid dealing with adult emotions... because those emotions were linked to pain and abandonment from childhood. I think all the insults, regardless of the topic, were really about...
by dharma_bum
Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:33 am
Forum: Ask the Dust
Topic: ATD Question #3 ~ The Setting
Replies: 9
Views: 2212

I loved Fante's descriptions of LA. Very evocative. My first job out of college was working for a department store chain whose flagship store had been founded in downtown LA at the turn of the century. One of my first projects was to put together Ken Burns-style documentary film on the retailer's hi...
by dharma_bum
Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:12 pm
Forum: Ask the Dust
Topic: ATD Tidbit #28 ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Replies: 11
Views: 2441

Great tidbit. I’ve dreamed of discussing philosophy with JD over a good bottle of red. I wonder about his opinion of Nietzsche, as little references to nihilism and existentialism surface from time to time. The most prominent, of course, is this: http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a337/dharma-bum/Col...
by dharma_bum
Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:13 am
Forum: Ask the Dust
Topic: ATD Tidbit #22 ~ Furusato ~ Terminal Island
Replies: 10
Views: 2967

Great tidbit. I did not know the whole story of Terminal Island, even though it is very close to home. More and more land is being reclaimed in the LA Harbor to expand port operations, so Terminal Island no longer stands out. Although you can take a harbor cruise from San Pedro that swings around th...
by dharma_bum
Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:26 pm
Forum: Hunter S. Thompson
Topic: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson; An Oral Biography
Replies: 12
Views: 4123

Boo, I do not know where the truth lies, but Anita certainly feels the book unfairly represents the final few years of HST’s life. The excerpts that were published in Rolling Stone were about Hunter’s beginnings and did nothing to diminish his brilliance as a writer, nor his fearlessness to expose c...
by dharma_bum
Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: Hunter S. Thompson
Topic: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson; An Oral Biography
Replies: 12
Views: 4123

I read the excerpts from this book in Rolling Stone and found the "story" very engrossing. There’s an expression: “Don’t drink your own Kool Aid.” It refers to Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple cult and the mass suicides that resulted at their Guyana compound. If you only surround yourself with pe...
by dharma_bum
Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:09 am
Forum: Ask the Dust
Topic: ATD Tidbit #16 ~ Pacific Electric Depot
Replies: 13
Views: 3065

Wow! That was interesting to read about how the LA freeway structure came about—and just before I was born. It’s too bad they couldn’t have developed a monorail system of some sort. But maybe it is just not practical, as BART (the monorail system in the San Francisco Bay Area) was not all that succ...
by dharma_bum
Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:19 am
Forum: Ask the Dust
Topic: ATD Tidbit #8 - Chinatown & the "Plaza"
Replies: 8
Views: 2662

In Chinatown from the late 70s to the mid 1980s, Madame Wong's was THE place to go to see punk and new wave artists, including the Police, Oingo Boingo and X. Just another layer to LA history... and maybe one of the places a certain newly transplanted musician from Florida went to listen to bands. h...
by dharma_bum
Sat Oct 20, 2007 3:15 pm
Forum: Ask the Dust
Topic: ATD Tidbit #6 ~ Philharmonic Auditorium & Don Cossac
Replies: 11
Views: 2712

I would be remiss in my civic pride, not to mention that the LA Philharmonic now makes its home in the magnificent Disney Concert Hall. It is a breathtaking building. You can see the edge of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the far right of photo. The Academy Awards were held at the DCP unitl the Ko...
by dharma_bum
Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:09 pm
Forum: Ask the Dust
Topic: ATD Tidbit #5 - Pershing Square and the Biltmore Hotel
Replies: 10
Views: 3974

Actually you've all experienced the Biltmore a little more up close and personal than you think... Hey, that guy looks familiar. http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a337/dharma-bum/Collections/JDZ/2001-03-00-Blow-01-1.jpg http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a337/dharma-bum/Collections/JDZ/2001-03-00-Blo...
by dharma_bum
Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:13 am
Forum: Wait Until Spring, Bandini
Topic: Bandini Question #29 - The Final Question
Replies: 13
Views: 4204

I came across the quote and I that I think expresses why he is attracted to themes involving pain, acceptance, growth, and transformation: "I don't trust anybody who hasn't been self-destructive in some way, who hasn't gone through some sort of bout of self-loathing. You've got to bang yoursel...

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