Sick in Berlin

Filosofia is home sick this week so in lieu of all of the fun stuff I should be seeing, eating, and thinking about in Berlin, may I instead present you will some of the highlights of what I was seeing, eating, and thinking about the last time I was here.


Ode to Los Angeles Part II: Farewell Architecture

     Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?
    -Jack Keroac, On the Road
    Don't think I won't miss you Los Angeles...
    When your architecture can look like this:

    So for now....

    Goodbye Pierre and your Case Study Homes
    Goodbye Louis and your Salk Institute
    Goodbye Richard and your hard to get into Health House
    Goodbye Frank and your Californian experiments
    Goodbye Greene and Greene Brothers
    So long Coop Himmelb(l)au with your un-occupiable symbolism
    and crazy classrooms
    Goodbye Bradbury Building
    And Buck House doorknobs
    So long Bullocks Wilshire Building and your awesome light inlays
    And farewell to you, Perloff Hall

    I'll see you in Berlin, Filosofers!


Ode to Los Angeles Part I: Farewell Food

      Los Angeles, give me some of you! Los Angeles come to me the way I came to you, 
      my feet over your streets, you pretty town I loved you so much, you sad flower in 
      the sand, you pretty town! - John Fante,  Ask the Dust

    Don't think I won't miss you, Los Angeles...
    When your beaches look like this in January.
    And your berries are ripe all year long....

    In this great city, so fraught with contradiction...

    there is indeed much to love.

    So before I go, I must tip my hat to some of my favorite things and places. 
    I would like to begin by biding adieu to some of my favorite foods:

    Farewell Randy's and your coconut donuts
    Farewell Palm's Thai and your lunch specials
    Farewell taco trucks
    Farewell Hot Dog on a Stick and Cherry Lemonade
    Farewell Cait's Cakes and your custom-made cupcakes
    And Farewell to you, Apple Pan French Fries

    Stay tuned for Ode to Los Angeles Part II: Farewell Architecture...