We think we have Los Angeles covered, as if everything we find are some new and truly undiscovered findings from our city. However, as hard as we try we may never reach the dedication and sheer breadth that Anthony Lovett and Matt Maranian have reached in their book L.A. Bizarro, a catalogue of the weirdest and never-before-shared shit Los Angeles is known for.
The book is a colorful breakdown of the city by cultural categories like the strange retailers of “Conspicuous Consumption” and the personality driven destinations within “Kulture Shock.” They’ve unearthed just about every little kooky spot in Los Angeles from eateries to museums, many of which we have all driven past and gone “What is that place?” but never stopped to check it out. Like, Dear John in Culver City, UWink in the Hollywood & Highland complex, Sony Black Dungeon Furniture on Venice, those ubiquitous L.A.X…Press newspapers, and even that strange Museum of Psychology on Sunset: have you ever thought to go in them? Well, they did and they put it together in this really rad book. They’ve explored the underbelly of Los Angeles so we all didn’t have to.
We rarely recommend books about Los Angeles or local tourism as many of them are usually dull and pretty (lamely) designed. L.A. Bizarro like Rather Los Angeles is a really nice looking and informative book. It’s just page after page of “WOAH!” and “Huh?” and “What??” It’s a perfect gift for the local who thinks they know about everything, which is exactly how we got it: as a gift and, boy, were we wowed by it.