Fake Book Review: Holy Land By D.J. Waldie

Holy Land is a real masterpiece.  Waldie's thought, care, and attention to detail surface on every page. 

The subject: Lakewood.  Platonic ideal of suburb.

The tone: humane resignation entirely lacking in bitterness.  Unsparing but affectionate without lapsing into derision at one pole or sentimentality at the other.

The narrator: As far as I can tell some unique combination of T.S. Elliot at the bank, J.L. Borges wandering his father's library, and James Lileks on qualudes. 

The Southern California history and sociology lessons: Abundant