All entries for Tuesday 27 July 2010

July 27, 2010

1950s Record Stores

At the moment, I’m trying to write a story, part of which is set in a 1950s record store. I’ve found some fantastic pictures on the internet which I share below:

Record Store





Roadtrip from Pennsylvania to California: Day 9: From LA's Griffith Park to San Diego

Los Angeles, Griffith Park

Los Angeles, Griffith Park



The days: morning light opening the streets
like a huge hand, then the bruised fist
of evening, that incredible pink and blue
bleeding into night, and the homeless
in Pershing Square claiming their benches again.
-B.H. Fairchild, A Model of Downtown Los Angeles, 1940


Los Angeles, Griffith Park


The view from the terrace
is bright but noncommittal
Nature needs tending, of course
Every few years the plates shift
the photogenic councilman is arrested
and someone takes a fall
-Lauren Ann Bogen, from Hollywood Hills Noir

Los Angeles, Griffith Park

California, Route 5

California, Route 5

Roadtrip from Pennsylvania to California: Day 8: Driving Across the Desert to LA

Las Vegas Desert

Nevada, Route 95

History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of ‘history’ it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time—and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened . . . There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda . . . You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning . . . And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave . . . So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back. – Hunter S. Thompson

California, Route 15

California, Route 15

Roadtrip from Pennsylvania to California: Day 7: Arches National Park at Dawn, Las Vegas at Night

Arches National Park at Dawn: http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

Utah, Arches National Park, the Delicate Arch

If Delicate Arch has any significance it lies, I will venture, in the power of the odd and unexpected to startle the senses and surprise the mind out of its ruts of habit, to compel us into a re-awakened awareness of the wonderful – that which is full of wonder’ – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Arizona, Route 15

Arizona, Route 15

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Roadtrip from Pennsylvania to California: Day 6: Arches National Park

Pictures all of Arches National Park: http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

Perched high above the Colorado River, the park is part of southern Utah’s extended canyon country, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. Some 300 million years ago, inland seas covered the large basin that formed this region. The seas refilled and evaporated – 29 times in all – leaving behind salt beds thousands of feet thick. Later, sand and boulders carried down by streams from the uplands eventually buried the sea beds beneath thick layers of stone. Because the salt layer is less dense than the overlying blanket of rock, it rises up through it into domes and ridges, with valleys in between. – National Geographic, Guide to the National Parks of the United States

Utah, Arches National Park

Most of the formations at Arches are made of soft, red sandstone deposited 150 million years ago. Much later, groundwater began to dissolve the underlying salt deposits. The sandstone domes collapsed and weathered into a maze of vertical rock slabs called “fins”. – National Geographic, Guide to the National Parks of the United States

Utah, Arches National Park

Footprints tracked across this living community may remain visible for years. – National Geographic, Guide to the National Parks of the United States

Utah, Arches National Park
Utah, Arches National Park

Roadtrip from Pennsylvania to California: Day 5: The Black Canyon and Colorado National Monument

Gunnison, Blue Mesa Lake

Gunnison, Blue Mesa Lake

Imagine chiseling two parallel walls of hard gnesis and schist running the length of Manhattan and standing higher than two Empire State Buildings stacked one atop one another, with water as your only tool. At the inconceivable rate of one inch per century, it would take all of human history just to cut through five feet of rock. What you see from the rim [of the Black Canyon] is the product of two million years of patient work. – National Geographic, Guide to the National Parks of the United States

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Colorado, Route 50

Colorado, Route 50

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

Roadtrip from Pennsylvania to California: Day 4: Driving into the Rockies

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods

Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods

Colorado, Route 50

Colorado, Route 50

Colorado, the Continental Divide

Colorado, the Continental Divide

Gunnison, the Wanderlust Hostel

Gunnison, the Wanderlust Hostel

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“Zona de plagas donde la dormida come / lentamente / su corazón de medianoche” – Alejandra Pizarnik


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