Los Angeles is on the world's cultural itinerary like never before
A rainy Sunday in Paris would seem an unlikely place tobegin a story about Los Angeles, but here goes.
About a year ago, my wife and I ducked into the venerableCafé de Flore along Boulevard Saint-Germain for a late lunch.Our server was a handsome young guy in his 20s with flowing hairand a relaxed manner that was in marked contrast to the famouslyimperious bearing of most Paris waiters. When he brought the check,he asked us where we lived. And so I told him: California. LosAngeles.
His face brightened. "Los Angeles! I want to visit there somuch. The sun. All the architecture. Frank Gehry. Hollywood. It allseems very American, so exciting and new there. So different thanParis."