"People could actually hold a symbol of their affinity in their hands -- their love of being a deejay or collecting records or dancing -- and consume it as if were like Catholic co
"I love this crazy city. It's an amazing piece of the planet. You get up on a hilltop and the vista you are presented with is this eternal, mythological dreamscape."
The mild climate of Pasadena offered respite from the harsh winters of the Midwest.
"With so little greenery and so much grey, I was prone to daydreaming, to wanting for something better. It was called America."
The warm smell of jasmine flowers in the evening attracted her to Los Angeles, where she found community within a writers group she founded.
"My family tried living near Griffith Park, just north of Los Feliz, but we didn't like it. It was haunted, among other things."