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LAist Interview: Mehammed Mack

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LAist's 20 Under 30 interview series of outstanding Angelenos in their 20s continues with Mehammed Amadeus Mack, LA Weekly assistant to the Editor and prospective PhD student in sex tourism literature.

Age and Occupation:
22, assistant to the editor (or just "writer") at the LA Weekly.

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and where do you live now?
I've lived here since I was 7. Nearly 16 years now. We moved to the Venice Canals because it reminded my mother of where she grew up, along the Nile in Cairo. We got there before the renovations, when the canals were more dumpy and wild.

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Why do you live in Los Angeles?
Having grown up in San Francisco, it took me a while to acclimate myself to a city with a new and overwhelming layout. It's difficult for children here, but the city forces them to be adventurous in finding their fun. LA's geographic and social challenges made for some great growing pains — it trains you all the time for personal "breakthroughs" — to the effect that I'm now lovingly grateful to this city for all its formative lessons. If I moved somewhere else, I would feel guilty and unthankful.