March 2010

James Dean Died Here: The Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks, by Chris Epting

James Dean Died Here.

Admit it- the title draws you in. Why? You wonder: wait, where did James Dean die? How did it happen? I remember something about a car crash or Hollywood or something, but what happened? Do they know the exact spot? I mean, yeah, who found him? Why did it happen?

Even if you have no connection to James Dean, or really any desire to know much, it’s a safe bet that some of these things run through your head when you hear the title. Whether you follow up on them or just move on to the next thing you want to think about is of course up to you, but you know, it’s fleetingly interesting.