I Feel Earthquakes More Often than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger

I Feel Earthquakes More Often than They Happen Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger From one of our most astute contemporary writers Amy Wilentz comes an irreverent inventive portrait of the state of California and its unlikely governor Arnold Schwarzenegger The prizewinning auth

  • Title: I Feel Earthquakes More Often than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger
  • Author: Amy Wilentz
  • ISBN: 9780743264396
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From one of our most astute contemporary writers, Amy Wilentz, comes an irreverent, inventive portrait of the state of California and its unlikely governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger The prizewinning author, a lifelong easterner and an outsider in the West, takes the reader on a picaresque journey from exclusive Hollywood soirees to a fantasy city in the Mojave desert, from tFrom one of our most astute contemporary writers, Amy Wilentz, comes an irreverent, inventive portrait of the state of California and its unlikely governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger The prizewinning author, a lifelong easterner and an outsider in the West, takes the reader on a picaresque journey from exclusive Hollywood soirees to a fantasy city in the Mojave desert, from the La Brea Tar Pits to celebrity besotted Sacramento, from the tents of Skid Row to surf drunk Malibu, from a snowbird retreat near Mexico to the hippie preserve of tide beaten Big Sur, along the way offering up sharp observations on politics, fund raising, the water supply, the Beach Boys, earthquake preparedness, home economics, catastrophism, movie star politicians, political movie stars, Charlie Manson, and location scouts who want to rent your house in order to make television commercials for bathroom wall cleansers or Swedish banks Wilentz moved to Los Angeles from a Manhattan wounded by September 11, only to discover a paradise marred by fire, flood, and mudslides In what seemed like a joke to her, a Democratic governor nicknamed Gumby was about to be ousted by an Austrian muscleman in a bizarre election promoted by a millionaire whose business was car alarms Intrigued, she set out to find the essence of the quirky, trailblazing state During her travels, she spots celebrities but can t quite place them, drops in on famous salons with habitue s like Warren Beatty and Arianna Huffington, and visits the neglected office of one very special 9,000 year old woman.Plunging into the traffic of California, Wilentz noodles out meaning in some of the least likely of places she sees the political in thepersonal and the personal in the political By now an expert on tremors real and imagined, she offers readers on both coasts insights into where California stands today, and America as well.

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    About Author

    1. Amy Wilentz is the award winning author of The Rainy Season Haiti Since Duvalier Martyrs Crossing, a novel about Jerusalem, and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger From 1995 through 1999, she was The New Yorker s Jerusalem correspondent She s a contributing editor at The Nation magazine and teaches in the Literary Journalism program at the University of California at Irvine She has worked as a monitor for Americas Watch, and was a board member of the National Coalition for Haitian Refugees Wilentz is a frequent contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, More magazine, and the Los Angeles Times She is currently working on a novel about money, love, and family.

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    1. Amy Wilentz moves to Los Angeles and finds it no alike her hometown of Perth Amboy that she found her earlier stops in Port au Prince and in Jerusalem She cannot identify with the healthful, absent minded blondes She prefers to think of herself as most like the ancient woman found in the La brea Tarpits The focal point of her alienation stems from the pull of the orbit surrounding Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.I like this book Its a book made up solely of the imagination of a wandering observe [...]


    2. The seasonal change stuns the city into a kind of beauty at the end of the day the light is benign and cosmetic, like candlelight it smooths things over, like Botox It blankets the place On Sepulveda, on La Cienega, on La Brea, on Olympic, drivers open the window to feel the change It s a little silky, a little chilly 32 There comes a moment for expats here, Long Rob Long, humorist , when you land at the airport in the middle of the night and get into a cab and roll down the window and breathe a [...]


    3. Funny as heck, and very insightful at the same time The author moves from the East Coast to Los Angeles and finds herself in a very different culture She launches into a research project to figure out how Los Angeles and in many ways all of California got to be this way I had never really thought about the cause of this phenomenon than the quote, they tilted the country and everything that was loose rolled to California But Wilentz takes us through the history of the state in a very intelligent [...]


    4. A very Hollywood centric view of California, its politics and culture, as told by a New Jersey expatriate.Author Amy Wilentz was very much in the thrall of Arianna Huffington s candidacy for governor during the recall free for all Much of the book is thus told from the view of a Huffington acolyte and social insider, though not true socialite, as the author claims to be from the wrong social stratum.Other topics are covered, too, but always within two degrees of separation from the author It s v [...]


    5. I expected something different This writer who came to California from NY after 9 11 equipped with a boat she foolishly thought she would use someday as her escape from the next disaster, seemed like she would have something important to say But she talks a lot about Gov Arnold and she talks a lot about wealthy influential people and spends a lot of time looking down on them for their wealth and influence it seems I thought the writing alone would save it, but the book could have used better edi [...]


    6. at first i was in to it she moved to the west coast from the east coast and the exact same time i did, so i could relate to the feelings she was describing, and remember most if not all of the events she recounted about the early 2000 s however, i just couldn t get past all the schwarzenegger talk.


    7. Simply awful As a New Yorker who now lives in California, I wanted to like this book but it was so poorly written and full of banalities that I only got halfway through before I had to put it in the dustbin.


    8. I felt an earthquake once in Perth Amboy Amy, thanks for the happy childhood memory of King High, the place where we filled bicycle tires at the air pump and bought snacks at the vending machine.




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