city: manhattan beach

thomas pynchon’s apartment

from thomas pynchon posted in literature by nevereatshreddedwheat

Thomas Pynchon worked on Gravity's Rainbow while living in this small downstairs apartment in Manhattan Beach in the late '60s and early '70s. He could reportedly be seen in the neighborhood carrying around a pig piñata named Claude. Manhattan Beach became the fictionalized Gordita Beach in his 2009 novel Inherent Vice.

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video archives

from quentin tarantino, roger avary posted in movies by corporate_sunshine

Starting in the early 80's, Video Archives was a video rental store staffed by film fanatics that carried a diverse selection of films: Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, foreign films (organized by country, unheard of at that time), cult films and porn.

Quentin Tarantino worked at this video store while he wrote Reservoir Dogs. Co-writer of Pulp Fiction and director of Killing Zoe, Roger Avary, also worked at the store.

The long, film-obsessed conversations of the Video Archives employees were reworked and expanded into dialogue of Tarantino's films.

In the early 90's, Video Archives moved two doors down to 1808 Sepulveda. By early 1994, Video Archives had shut down for good.

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