My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think I remember reading this long ago from our library, which no longer has a copy. Maybe I’m the only one who ever read it. At any rate, I love the Permanent Parisians and Permanent Londoners books. With a trip looming soon to take Rose to L.A., this seems a natural thing to pull from my “to read” shelf.
Interestingly, still reading the Los Angeles cemetery part of the book, I am finding it profoundly depressing. Much more so than the other “Permanent” guides I’ve read? Why? Because it is a collection of shallow, sad, lonely, misguided entertainers for the most part. The only praiseworthy person I’ve read about thus far is Jack Benny (and I’m including Bing Crosby in this sad crowd). I’m not sure if that is just because of the authors’ choices of people to bio or whether that is just the L.A. history coming out. There must have been pioneers and suchlike but I figure I’ll have to skip to the San Francisco section to get to those people.
Because of that, however, I have lost interest in reading more for now and will be putting it down for a while.
When pulling my marker out of the book so I could shelve it, I realized that I was just a few pages from the San Francisco section. OH FRABJOUS DAY!
With that in mind, I shall continue and see if we get some stalwart pioneers, newspaper moguls, or practically anything except entertainment stars.