The girls in california were probably prettier in a standard sense than the new york girls--blonder and in better health, i guess; but i still preferred the way the girls in new york looked--stranger and more neurotic (a girl always looked more beautiful and fragile when she was about to have a nervous breakdown).
Write about winter in the summer. Describe norway as ibsen did, from a desk in italy; describe dublin as james joyce did, from a desk in paris. Willa cather wrote her prairie novels in new york city; mark twain wrote huckleberry finn in hartford, connecticut. Recently, scholars learned that walt whitman rarely left his room.
I have no objection to well-written romance, but i'd read enough of it to know that that's not what i had written. I also knew that if it was sold as romance i'd never be reviewed by the 'new york times' or any other literarily respectable newspaper - which is basically true, although the 'washington post' did get round to me eventually.
Of course, there are those critics - new york critics as a rule - who say, 'well, maya angelou has a new book out and of course it's good but then she's a natural writer.' those are the ones i want to grab by the throat and wrestle to the floor because it takes me forever to get it to sing. I work at the language.
As those who have seen jurassic park will know, this means a tiny disturbance in one place, can cause a major change in another. A butterfly flapping its wings can cause rain in central park, new york. The trouble is, it is not repeatable. The next time the butterfly flaps its wings, a host of other things will be different, which will also influence the weather. That is why weather forecasts are so unreliable.
Of course, in los angeles, everything is based on driving, even the killings. in new york, most people don't have cars, so if you want to kill a person, you have to take the subway to their house. and sometimes on the way, the train is delayed and you get impatient, so you have to kill someone on the subway. that's why there are so many subway murders; no one has a car.