The following interview with Jim Heimann was translated into Chinese for the ForYourArt Guide to Los Angeles, published on the occasion of The Los Angeles Project, an exhibition of Los Angeles artists at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. The writer, historian, Executive Editor at TASCHEN, and author of many books on Southern California, including Los Angeles: Portrait of a City, is one of my favorite L.A. experts. Meant to bring a Chinese audience closer to Los Angeles, the interview provides a brief overview of the city's history, ambitions, narrative, and neighborhoods.
In Los Angeles: Portrait of a City (TASCHEN, 2009) you state: "Los Angeles is the wonder city of the West...The world's most enigmatic city...A city of many dimensions." What other generalizations about Los Angeles do you find yourself repeating to people interested in the city?