Book of the Week: Crash Los Angeles

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Crash Los Angeles: The Pee Wee Herman house and dinosaur

Today we’re kicking off the summer travel season with a remarkable travel photo book: Crash Los Angeles. It’s a book about the strange and unusual places in Los Angeles. And, as a practiced Los Angeles tourist, I thought I knew the weird places. No, now I’ve been schooled.

The book brings together great photography, helpful maps and addresses, and a crisp clean layout. Along with a heavy dose of strange. Sure, we expect to see film locations in any LA travel book, but Crash Los Angeles focuses on the quirky ones, like the house from Pee Wee Herman (totally going to try to find that bicycle) and the set of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.

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Crash Los Angeles: Banksy Parking and Ethos murals

A large part of the book, however, focuses on the public art in Los Angeles: Apple Core Boulders, Banksy’s “Parking” mural, the Watts Towers. The massive, 275-site book (also available in a slimmed-down 100-location version, and a pocketable 95-location version) is also notable for another thing: It’s becoming an iPhone app.

Details on the app are forthcoming, but all I know is that this summer, this book will accompany me as I track down a giant set of binoculars, along with nine colossal donuts, cement dinosaurs, and a building that looks like a Cadillac grill – all in that strange and wonderful city down south.

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Crash Los Angeles: Watts Towers and the Apple Boulders

Pick up a copy for your own Los Angeles journey. And hey, why not make a travel guide to place that you know? Start cataloguing the sites, take photos and notes. Throw it all into a book and you’re golden. Don’t have a developer to make it into an app? Make a Blurb ebook instead.

 

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