LOS ANGELES has struggled to just simply "be."
The "Arcadian Myth" -- that the city was a lush, verdant paradise, an untouched Eden -- wasn't quite accurate. As well, that modern Utopian ideal that hopeful outsiders sought to build on what was essentially a desert floor didn't quite take root either.
So what are we left with?
If you've lived in Los Angeles for any little bit of time, you see how it is often "written over," broken down" like a set and re-built again and again -- in search of some different, elusive perfection.
That's the way it seems to exist both in our day-to-day lives as well as in our imagination: What will I find today? What will tomorrow bring?
Here is the place for you all to explore the L.A. that you actually see day-in, day-out -- it's innate beauty, frustrations, blemishes, contradictions, possibilities.
Write deeply, write passionately, write honestly. Look. Listen. Feel. Smell. Touch it.
Remember, you're journalists writing the Los Angeles you experience not simply into view but into focus.
Welcome to our Island!