After my recent Hollyhock House tour, I met a friend from out of town at the Figueroa Hotel for a drink. At the bar by the pool, we met a woman named Rachel who said she was holding a meetup for the local Atlas Obscura chapter. My friend got all excited at the mention. I thought, what the hell is Atlas Obscura? Turns out, it’s a bit like blogging.la.
Atlas Obscura a/k/a the Obscura Society is an organization whose members visit and write about “a compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica.” Or what we at blogging.la call “Tuesday”. Atlas Obscura is worldwide, and big in London, Paris, New York City, and Rome, among other places. Their website is like a Fodor’s Guide for weird and wacky adventures.
Here in Los Angeles, Rachel and the Atlas Obscura gang have been to some of the places near and dear to our blogging.la hearts, including Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Watts Towers, Angels Flight, and Clifton’s Cafeteria. However, they also visit places that are more, well, obscure. During their meetup, which my friend and I happily crashed, the fun and eclectic AO gang came up with interesting possible future subjects, including Hicksville and Crimebo the Crime Clown.
It all sounds like fun, and might mesh really well with our blogging.la visits and events, which tend to focus on history, pop culture, food and drink, and kitsch (sometimes simultaneously), from movies to music to donuts. I’m seeing some potential synergies between our two groups, and I would recommend that we check out Atlas Obscura, and vice versa. I have a feeling that, like my East Coast friend, some of you already have.