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the reality issue 2001
from the editor

Is there such a thing as reality in the city of dreams? What is more real?

A fabricated icon projected nine feet high on a screen, or a homeless man living in a cardboard box downtown? What happens when our realities collide? Does one cancel out the other?

As filmmaker Elias Merhige says “flesh and blood dies and memories fade” but the shadows on the screen endure. In L.A., dreams and fantasies can seem as urgent and unimpeachable as concrete. Fantasy is the local currency. L.A.’s manufactured dreams are beamed out to the rest of the world. The Buddhists say all life is illusion, and it’s easier to believe in LA than almost anywhere else.

In these pages, a selection of Angelenos present their versions of reality. What is real might be as intangible as the shadow on the wall, as subjective as last week’s fashion or as solid as prison bars.

Patrick Kahn

articles
william dafoe
one on one, by jean oppenheimer
valentino
releases his "red" book this spring
rebekka armstrong
profile
reality & cinema
reviews, by jean oppenheimer
raw art
grove pashley, dianna cohen
hugh hefner's reality
by dave thompson
reality daze
reality tv, by greg rosenzweig
nothing else matters
fight for justice, by mia taylor
alice in lalaland
photo fiction, by levon parian
my world, my life

fashion sequence, by tal karasso
content links
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kcrw.com
rebekkaarmstrong.com
wm3.org
marchewka.com
diannacohen.com
grovepashley.com
thedesecrivains.com
fox.com
abc.com
sixdegreesrecords.com
inertia.co.uk
talkinloud.com
nettweb.com
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