Over the next few weeks I'll be posting about some of the locations featured in my new novel, Motel. Pool. Today is the first stop: Hollywood.
The mall where I took this pic is right on Hollywood Boulevard, and was the setting for one of my very first stories, "Act One." Yes, there's the famous Hollywood sign and the famous smog.
To be honest, Los Angeles is not my favorite city. But I don't mind an occasional visit there, and I have to admit I'm a little drawn by the simultaneous glamour and seediness of Hollywood.
I mean--Cary Grant, right?
The opening chapter of Motel. Pool. take place in Hollywood in the mid-1950s, when Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe might have been hanging around. And when, I imagine, a lot of young men showed up hoping to be the next James Dean. Young men like Jack Dayton--a meatpacker's son from Omaha, who learns the hard way that the casting couch won't lead to fame.
The photo above is actually from a little way down Santa Monica Boulevard. It's West Hollywood, which today has its own interesting sights. Like pet stores with intriguing advertisements:
Do you have a favorite Hollywood icon from the 1950s?