Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Diary of a Young American Girl in Los Angeles

"Lolita is a burlesque of the confessional mode, the literary diary." —Alfred Appel Jr., in his introduction to The Annotated Lolita

"Baby put on heart-shaped sunglasses ‘cause we’re gonna take a ride." —Lana Del Rey

I moved to Los Angeles at the end of last summer to sell my soul to the internet. When my job opportunity in new-media listicle construction fell through, I searched for sublets on Craigslist to borrow time. My first roommate was offering a room in an Echo Park bungalow-cum-rapper crash pad. He was an indie hip-hop producer who is, in his own way, pretty famous; I’d wake up to find [...]