Bertolt Brecht, Charles Laughton, Dalton Trumbo, Georg Eisler, Hanns Eisler, HUAC, Jeans Simmons, John Ireland, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Spartacus, Stanley Kubrick, Tony Curtis, West Hollywood
Artists, writers and musicians always create good communities.
New York City has Greenwich Village. México City has Coyoacán. New Orleans and Hà Nội have their French Quarters, though with wildly different characteristics. Paris has the Left Bank, enough said. San Francisco has North Beach, a Beat Generation epicenter. Shanghai has the French Concession, home to Sun Yat Sen, Zhou Enlai and the first meeting of the Chinese Communist Party.
And Los Angeles has West Hollywood, when I grew up a heady juxtaposition of the Sunset Strip with Igor Stravinsky and Aldous Huxley, side by side with the glamor of movie stars and their all nighters at Chasen’s, where my mom worked as a waitress.