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Soul Coughing: "Screenwriter's Blues"

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In 1994 I fell in love with this Soul Coughing song about Los Angeles, and to this day still snicker with a kind of savvy delight when frontman Mike Doughty gets to the line: "We are all in some way or another going to Reseda die." Come on. You totally get it, too.

This LA Times piece from last month revisiting the iconic spoken-word song deflates my memory balloon a tad, since in it Doughty reveals he no longer feels connected to the song. But since our big and little screenwriters, are going through their own kind of blues these days, I thought it would be fitting to share the video. Some among them may have even shared this sentiment: "I am going to Los Angeles to see my own name on a screen, five feet long and luminous."

"It is 5 a.m., and you are listening to Los Angeles." Here's your Midnight Movie.