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Los Angeles has of course been called every name in the book, from 'nineteen suburbs in search of a metropolis' to a 'circus without a tent' to 'less a city than a perpetual convention.'
-- Inside U.S.A.
John Gunther

Someone had said, and Wilhelm agreed with the saying, that in Los Angeles all the loose objects in the country were collected, as if America had been tilted and everything that wasn't tightly screwed down had slid into Southern California.
-- Seize the Day
Saul Bellow

The violet hush of twilight was descending over Los Angeles as my hostess, Violet Hush, and I left its suburbs headed towards Hollywood. In the distance a glow of huge piles of burning motion-picture scripts lit up the sky. The crisp tang of frying writers and directors whetted my appetite. How good it was to be alive, I thought, inhaling deep lungfulls of carbon monoxide.
-- Strictly from Hunger
S.J. Perelman

I think it's only right that crazy people should have their own city, but I cannot for the life of me see why a sane person would want to go there.
-- The Lost Continent
Bill Bryson

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