Blister in the Sun
What is it about California that attracts so many weirdos? Is it the weather? The Pacific Ocean? Or is it all those cameras ready for close-ups? Sacramento-based author David Kulcyzk’s new book California Fruits, Nuts & Flakes: True Tales of Caliornia Crazies, Crackpots and Creeps has dug into the tales of forty-five of those characters who helped define the Golden State for the rest of the world as the home of sunburned eccentrics and motivated lunatics. His profiles include freewheelers like filmmaker Ed Wood, proto-hippie songwriter eden ahbez and Jack Pickford, the misfit brother of Mary Pickford whose liver and genitals cost him his career and his life. Anyone who has spent any time on the Los Angeles subway knows there is a rich tapestry of semi-psychotic creative types with ideas to share. In the old days they all had their own TV shows.