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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90014, Downtown Los Angeles

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Downtown city view from the Oviatt Penthouse

Downtown city view from the Oviatt Penthouse

Dear ——–,

Scott invited us to J.D. Webb‘s CD release party at the Oviatt Building penthouse on Thursday night. J.D.’s music wasn’t exactly my bag, but I give him credit for rhyming “hair like molasses” with “dark sunglasses.” What was impressive was the setting, an Art Deco building designed for a luxury haberdasher. On the roof, we were surrounded by much taller buildings whose lit-up windows formed their own kinds of constellations in the night sky. (I just hoped the lights weren’t on because people were still working at 10 p.m.!) The band could make as much noise as it wanted to because the block was deserted. This whole week turned out to be a love letter to downtown Los Angeles. A few days before, I went to see 500 Days of Summer and delightfully nudged Bryan when the Redwood, the traditional L.A. Times after-work bar, appeared on screen. Movies that romanticize downtown living usually choose Manhattan as the backdrop, but I hope Hollywood remembers this kind of old-school glamour lies just a few miles away.

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I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

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