Beverly Hills 213

Los Angeles has two indigenous forms of folk art: movies and television, and useless free neighborhood booster publications.

Los Angeles has two indigenous forms of folk art: movies and television, and useless free neighborhood booster publications. When these two forms mingle, they syncretize in alarming ways. Case in point, the weekly magazine Beverly Hills 213. (Yes, fifteen years after Beverly Hills switched its area code, the editors have heroically resisted the pressure to change the name of their journal to Beverly Hills 310.)

Unfortunately, the website doesn’t link to most of the content in the magazine, so you’ll have to go to Nate & Al’s or somewhere to pick it up. (Avoid the kreplach.) But the Marc Forster cover story is available online, and illustrates the peculiar blend of Big Industry and parochialism that defines the Southern California Free Neighborhood Magazine.