November 13, 2003

read this

I've been meaning to link to Leaving Los Angeles since I found the site a couple of weeks ago. I was going to write something pithy about how I too want to get out, how this city is a kind of purgatory (Dan's phrase for it, years ago, coming back to haunt me) where lost souls drift, neither heaven nor quite hell. Welcome to the Hotel California; you can check in any time you like but you can never, no not ever leave. Except that she is leaving and I wish I too could slip out the back, leaving behind nothing but my shame.

But I mostly don't read this blog (more of a journal, really, a journal of the past) because I empathize with the sentiment. This is a damned good writer (no surprise there, she's a successful journalist) and the life she's led here makes mine look positively suburban and dull. I've met a few celebrities, had a few strange encounters, but the stories Nancy Rommelmann tells leave mine in the dust. It's a different Los Angeles, one I've caught glimpses of but only through a doorway left open by accident and then swiftly closed again.

I'm completely hooked. I hope she continues writing online after she leaves LA.

Posted by Tamar at November 13, 2003 09:28 PM

Hey Tamar,

Nancy went to college with me, and I discovered her blog a month or so and we've E-mailed.

Small world.

Posted by: Allison at November 19, 2003 04:27 AM

Allison, that's too wild. I guess everyone will eventually get a blog, huh? And the whole world will be connected. And I'm going to sound like a '60's song if I keep going with this, aren't I?

Posted by: Tamar at November 19, 2003 10:03 PM

I just met up with someone I hadn't seen in a few years. He said, "Well, this is when we'd catch up and everything, but I don't really need to catch up on you because I've been reading your blog and know about everything you've been doing..."

Posted by: Allison at November 20, 2003 03:58 AM