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John Waters' Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Preview


Gentle reader,

This video vignette offers a first look at the freakiest official thing ever to happen on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The master of bad taste cinema, John Waters, is getting an honorary star today, Monday, September 18 at 11:30am right in front of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

We stopped by after Saturday’s Franklin Village Old Hollywood tour to see the state of the half-cured terrazzo and congratulate our book slinging pal Jeff Mantor.

He’s pretty tickled about his filthy new neighbor, and wants everyone to know his shop has a limited number of signed copies of the brand new Academy Museum exhibition catalog John Waters: Pope of Trash available. You can even pre-order online, skip school to catch the ceremony in person, then pick up your book once the famous people get off the sidewalk.

If you can’t make it to Hollywood, they’ll be livestreaming the ceremony on the Walk of Fame website.

Saturday’s tour is a spin through the history drenched University Park neighborhood of West Adams north of USC, which is packed with gorgeous Victorians and classical mansions, exploding oil derricks, early gay gathering spots and archives, hidden 19th century infrastructure, and the horrifying tale of the killer who watched Psycho with his victim before taking her life. Join us, do!

yours for Los Angeles,

Kim & Richard


Psst… If you’d like to support our efforts to be the voice of places worth preserving, we have a tip jar and a subscriber edition of this newsletter, vintage Los Angeles webinars available to stream, in-person tours and a souvenir shop you can browse in. We’ve also got recommended reading bookshelves on Amazon and the Bookshop indie bookstore site. And did you know we offer private versions of our walking and bus tours for groups big or small? Or just share this link with other people who care.

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University Park Walking Tour (Sat. 9/23) • Angelino Heights & Carroll Avenue Walking Tour (Sat. 10/7) • Eastside Babylon Crime Bus Tour (Sat. 10/14) • The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain’s Southern California Nightmare Bus Tour (Sat. 10/21) • The Real Black Dahlia Crime Bus Tour (Sat. 10/28) • Evergreen Cemetery, 1877 Walking Tour (Sun. 10/29) • The Run: Gay Downtown History Walking Tour (Sat. 11/4)

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