Archive for the ‘LA owns me’ Category

The Feral Boy Who Lives in Griffith Park – Special Edition

In Books by Tim, Imagined Geography of Griffith Park, LA owns me on March 5, 2022 at 9:11 pm

New book!

In LA owns me on June 10, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Poster - The Feral Boy who lives in Griffith Park - Tim Kirk

CALLING LA FRIENDS! Where is this?

In LA owns me on December 10, 2016 at 12:03 am


The old Glendale airport?

— Source is CHAIN OF EVIDENCE, 1957.

Cafe at Los Feliz Golf Course, 1955

In Films!, LA owns me on December 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Now “Eat.”  From DIAL RED ZERO, 1955.


Ten Great Books I Read in 2016

In Books read, LA owns me on January 8, 2016 at 7:37 pm

Some of these are brand new, some I just discovered, and two are re-reads.  You’ll see a lot of California (I confess, I’m a fan) and a couple by friends (my friends write great books.)  In no order…

Wolf in White Van – John Darnielle

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning about Life from an Addiction to Film – Patton Oswalt

Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream – H.W. Brands

Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley – Peter Guralnick

Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life and Lost – Paul Hendrickson

Water to Angels:  William Mullholland, This Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles – Les Standiford

In The Garden of Beasts:  Love, Terror and an American Family in Berlin – Erik Larson

Perfidia – James Ellroy  (not great, but it’s Ellroy, so what you gonna do?)

The re-reads are

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West – Cormac McCarthy

Mildred Pierce – James M. Cain


In Films!, LA owns me on December 4, 2015 at 8:12 pm

— Predator 2, 1990

LA River ’75

In LA owns me, LA River on October 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm


As seen from atop the Lincoln Height Jail, Avenue 19.

— from Psychic Killer, 1975

The Cornfields in “This Gun For Hire”

In Films!, LA owns me on January 20, 2013 at 11:12 pm

The men who worked LA’s railway hub down the hill from Broadway and right up next to  Spring Ave called the place “The Cornfields.”  There’s little physical evidence of the place now (a cool park on it’s way to becoming an awesome park) but there is this fantastic pen-ultimate action climax of the 1942 Alan Ladd/Veronica Lake film “This Gun For Hire.”


Solano Canyon NOIR!

In Films!, LA owns me on March 2, 2012 at 12:12 am

“Without Warning” joins “Crime Wave” in the pantheon of great LA location noirs of the early fifties.


In Briar's Dad, LA owns me on February 22, 2010 at 8:25 am

A few years ago, my stepfather turned me on to a meditation technique called Directed Imagery.  When he needs a break, he takes many deep breathes and travels to a green island off the coast of Australia.

The Cornfields is where I go.

This improbable park near New Chinatown in Downtown LA has a fascinating past, many possible futures and a kicky web-page.