Moby Champions Los Angeles As A Haven For Creatives
It seems like we always get articles from a transplanted New Yorkers who wax poetic about how wonderful Los Angeles is. Now, it's Moby's turn to step up to the plate.Moby is hailing L.A. as a bastion of creativity and relative affordability. He yearns for the old days of New York City, where it was scary and full of drugs and disease, (Our friends at Gothamist have their take on Moby's musings here) but a hotbed for creatives. Los Angeles, he says, is a crazy mash-up of neighborhoods that act like parts of a eukaryotic cell with no real nucleus. This creates a certain climate that is constantly changing and new. It's also a place where you can fail comfortably, as opposed to New York, where you're basically nothing if you don't succeed:
In New York you can be easily overwhelmed by how much success everyone else seems to be having, whereas in L.A., everybody publicly fails at some point—even the most successful people. A writer’s screenplay may be turned into a major movie, but there’s a good chance her next five screenplays won’t even get picked up. An actor may star in acclaimed films for two years, then go a decade without work. A musician who has sold well might put out a complete failure of a record—then bounce back with the next one. Experimentation and a grudging familiarity with occasional failure are part of L.A.’s ethos.
Part of that landscape of failure in L.A., Moby says, is that those who fail have a much better chance of making it again, due in part to the cost of living being so much cheaper than in New York, which is very true.
Our favorite part is when he trumps up the city's wild surroundings with a line like, "The moment you leave L.A., you're in a desert that would most likely kill you if you left your water bottle at home."
Come on now, the Inland Empire is not THAT bad.
The piece is a little cliché, but we'll concede that he does have a point. This city has been historically good to the creative community, from early Hollywood to the burgeoning underground music scene. He clearly loves this town and it's nice to hear someone expressing love for our fair city, even if it's from his perch high above the rest of us.