Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Middle East on Western Avenue

This probably has absolutely no political or sociological significance. Let's just call it a curiosity.

Yesterday on Western Avenue in Los Angeles, I passed a storefront with a hand-lettered sign that read:

The Koran
Tropical Fish Supplies
"Nosotros confiamos en Dios"

I still don't know what to make of the rather odd combination of elements on the sign, but it reminded me of a wonderful book by David Rieff entitled Los Angeles: Capital of the Third World, which notes the almost extreme cosmopolitan character of Los Angeles. Suffice it to say, LA is a fascinating place in part because of how much of the world is represented here.