No prosaic mosaic, this arm-around-the-shoulder running commentary on the author's favorite city, to which he has been exposed since 1911. It's a collection of crack-pottery, and a kaleidoscope of history, weather, traffic, cultists, officialdom, crime, quakes, population, cemeteries, newspaper, communities, drinking. It's a rapid fire survey of a city that is an ""occupational disease"" and it avoids the obvious and stresses the lighter, lesser known facets of the place. All subjects are pointed up with local quips, topical jokes that are often very funny, though almost too numerous. No sobersided profile, nor practical guidebook, this is more a highlighted, light-fingered cartoon of the city's more exceptional characteristics, by the long term columnist of the Los Angeles Daily News.