Box of broken L.A. dreams

Weekly GraphicMark Groubert's cover story in the new LA Weekly jumps seven times on the web — but drew me all the way to the end. He found a box of somebody's belongings left out on Mariposa Avenue in Los Feliz — "you know the box. The box that's left by folks who are [moving] home to Wallace, Idaho, or Quincy, Illinois....Small-town America. The places where dreams are born." Each item Groubert takes from the box piques his interest more, then he gets to the Super-8 footage on DVD. The tale of a family unfolds from there, with some nicely done intersections with Groubert's own life. No spoilers here; just go read it.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Weeklies stories on LA Observed:
'Profitable' LA Weekly put up for sale
Malibu beach hijinx, take 256
Sue Laris puts Downtown News up for sale after 44 years
Drew Tewksbury named LA Weekly managing editor
LA Weekly's Maddaus to Variety and more media notes
OC Weekly sold to publisher Duncan McIntosh
LA Weekly loses film critic Amy Nicholson too
LA votes to move Santa Monica 'closer'


LA Observed on Twitter