As an east coast city dweller, I don't usually connect the term "drive-by" with books. But apparently out in Hollywood they're working to remedy that, one garage door at a time.
The L.A. Times' Barbara Thornburg recently discovered a wonderful trompe l'oeil bookshelf mural on Mulholland Highway. It turns out the garage in question belongs to Lee Dembart, a book lover and journalist who has reviewed for, among others, the L.A. Times. It shows a sampling of his collection, a pleasingly familiar assortment of books and memorabilia that could belong to any one of us — that is, if any one of us had a monster-movie revolving wall in our home and could suddenly spin the living room out to face the driveway. It's warm and welcoming, and I can't help picturing Dembart having to shoo away nosy title readers when he needs to use his car.
(The Kansas City Central Library's parking garage, on the other hand, doesn't have that problem.)
"Maybe painting your passion on your garage door will start a trend," Thornburg says, and she has a point. Though I'm going to have to wait for the neighborhood teenagers to stop painting their passions on mine before I take her up on it.