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The nearest shopping center, movie theater, and bowling alley were only about a mile off.
Going there without an adult was considered a rite of passage. Like Waldie, all we heard about growing up was atomic and hydrogen bombs.
Reading L.A.: D.J. Waldie's spare, poetic 'Holy Land' | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times
Holy Land ranks with the best of them. With spare fact, Waldie has managed to present the rise of suburban Southern California in its full complexity.
Waldie has written nothing less than the spiritual autobiography of the midcentury American suburban dream. But the limits weren't paralyzing.
The design of this suburb compelled a conviviality that people got used to and made into a substitute for choices, including not holy land waldie at all. If the suburbs -- and Los Angeles in a larger sense -- have been defined by restlessness and reinvention, and by a willingness to scrub the past clean when it's convenient, Waldie is deeply reflective and unusually settled; there is a rooted constancy to his life and to his writing.
The book is also shadowed by several varieties holy land waldie anxiety, from the personal to the religious to the political.
Waldie notes that the "first Soviet atomic bomb had been tested in August Waldie lives in Lakewood, California in the house his parents bought in He was holy land waldie in Waldie began his career in public holy land waldie in Lakewood in December He served as the city's Public Information Officer between and He was a contributing writer at Los Angeles magazine.
This translation was reprinted, along with a brief analysis of the poem, in Parnassus: Poetry in Review in Inhis essay collection Where We Are Now: As a city official, he comes in contact with Lakewood's most eccentric residents; his descriptions of them, factual and stripped of explicit judgment or commentary, holy land waldie both funny and desperately sad.
One man complains about the red traffic signals he encounters on his way home from work: