A smart, sassy woman who's not afraid to show it, Sandra Tsing Loh chronicles California's San Fernando Valley, the "other" Los Angeles, for Buzz magazine. In this collection of her essays, she pays homage to "the futon dwellers," skillfully dissects bohemian life in L.A., and makes some outrageously incisive comments about dating. Her essays are very funny, and, best of all, Loh is a diligent reporter. She gives you the facts, screwy as they may be, as she details lovingly the Los Angeles that she admits is "America's cultural scapegoat."
From Publishers Weekly
"Depth," Tsing Loh proposes, sometimes "deserves a holiday." In this collection of pieces from her "Valley" column for L.A.'s Buzz magazine, she provides one of sorts, weighing in with tongue-in-cheek observations on such ponderous subjects as the Ikea-ization of 20-somethings' taste in home decor, the semiotics of earrings and the pleasures of Baywatch. But for all their frothy charm, her musings on the plight of an overeducated, underemployed generation that measures success in terms of the ability to afford health insurance are often as insightful as they are witty. Even as she gently mocks the pretensions and delusions of her fellow young Angelenos, Tsing Loh succeeds in making Generation X angst far more appealing and sympathetic than usual. Despite L.A.'s role as "the nation's cultural scapegoat," even the "smug, incestuous, cultural imperialist hipsters of Manhattan" will doubtless appreciate-and recognize something of their own experience in-Tsing Loh's sardonic but never mean-spirited take on modern urban life.
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From the back cover-
"Loh's wide-eyed disappointment and flair for the telling detail propel these essays along in high style...While her subjects range from nightmare time-shares in Dana Point to the horror of being the Woman's Day speaker at Venice High, Loh is especially attuned to the difference in LA's constantly shifting class structure....This keen awareness of being stuck in a demographic Parking Lot C provides many of the real delights in these essays. Nowhere is Loh better than in deflating the pretensions of the LA cultural scene. It's about time that someone took on the periphery of LA with such wicked delight, because-face it-in this town, the periphery's the real heart of the city." -LA TIMES BOOK REVIEW