9. What's your favorite LA-based movie or TV show?
Mildred Pierce. LA is all about reinvention, upward mobility, and will to power. And of course it was beautifully shot.
10. Best LA-themed book?
Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and the White Album by Joan Didion, though not every essay is about LA. Almost daily I experience something that makes me say, "This is so 'White Album.'"
11. In your opinion, what's the best alternate route to the 405?
Cutbacks at LA.com