Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Santa Anas

It's nearing the time of those warm winds from the desert... so unique. Devil Winds. A small memory of my childhood. The cause of many wild fires. Yet you could see for miles on those days.

Los Angeles weather is the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse, and, just as the reliably long and bitter winters of New England determine the way life is lived there, so the violence and the unpredictability of the Santa Ana affect the entire quality of life in Los Angeles, accentuate its impermanence, its unreliability. The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.

Joan Didion, "Los Angeles Notebook"

I would like to feel them one more time though...
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