on a page with the trailer for 'inherent vice' (narrated by pynchon, btw), they had a link to an interesting piece he wrote for the ny times in 1966 called, 'a journey into the mind of watts'.
i don't know whether william t. vollmann has been discussed here, but his latest thousand page non fiction book is about the imperial valley of california and the border into mexico. good article here:
each mentions an 'outsider' art installation. watts towers and salvation mountain.
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