A major part of LA’s appeal is its variety. Within a day you can go from a snow-covered mountain to a beach. The people are so diverse; everyone comes here from somewhere else, looking for some kind of fulfilment, which makes it feel like a giant airport.
Before I arrived I envisaged the LA of Raymond Chandler: the sun-bleached streets, the dark romanticism. But what I found was a sprawling city with so many people and cars. I came here as a journalist, on the crime beat. You get sent to corners most people don’t see.