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Empty The Sun by Joseph Mattson
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Feb 26, 2010

it was amazing
Read in November, 2009

Tragic, funny, harsh, irreverent, crude, spot-on, violent, disturbed, heart-breaking... Beautiful.

"No, for the first time in my life what I feared was leaving. Leaving Los Angeles. Gone would be the long bleached avenues of warm disquiet, the whispering seven-story palms towering with wise endurance above the mashed commutes of countless human insects stitching paths across each others' sordid lives, nestled below the caustic trademark layer of smog that governs the puppet show, where hope and despair collide in intersections of the same blue smoke that aspirations are made of and then burned to. And with it all, the sanctimony of the place. I feared losing the city with neither indifference nor nostalgia. I'd simply gotten too used to it. In its familiarity lived my fear."

If you have a tumultuous love/hate relationship with Los Angeles, then GET ON WITH IT. Pick this up and read the hell out of it.
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