"It is better to be drunk with loss and to beat the ground, than to let the deeper things gradually escape."
- I. Compton-Burnett, letter to Francis King (1969)
"Cynical realism – it is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."
- Aldous Huxley, "Time Must Have a Stop"
Saturday, 4 February 2006
Hollywood Landmarks - Worldly and Otherworldly Topic: Photos Hollywood Landmarks - Worldly and Otherworldly When the national and world news gets too burdensome it's always best to explore the neighborhood here and take some pictures. Here's an odd pairing, just down the street. Three shots below, and there are sixteen shots in this online album.
This is what you'll see.
As photographed Thursday, February 2, 2006, Crossroads of the World (6671 Sunset Boulevard - Robert V. Derrah) - built as "the world's first modern shopping center" in 1936 - Streamline Moderne, Spanish Colonial, Tudor, Moorish and French Provincial styles, all mixed together. It's listed on National Register of Historic Places. In the 1993 film "Indecent Proposal" Demi Moore worked in a real estate office here. It plays its part in the 1997 film noir "L.A. Confidential" - Danny DeVito worked for a tabloid in one of the offices. It's in many other films. It's very odd. It's kind of a cruise ship and kind of not.
Next door is The Church of the Blessed Sacrament (6657 Sunset Boulevard - Beezer Brothers, architects, 1928) - the first Catholic Church in the Hollywood area (1904), and the parish church for Irene Dunne and Loretta Young, where Bing Crosby married his first wife (Dixie Lee) in September 1930. The funeral of Carole Lombard's fiancé Russ Columbo was held here in 1934 - pallbearers Bing Crosby, Gilbert Roland and Zeppo Marx. A bit back an episode of the television series ER was filmed here, with guest star James Cromwell as a bishop.