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Jeremy Clarke goes to the US to think about sex and liberal democracy on Venice Beach

By Jeremy Clarke   July 1996

On the way back from New Zealand, I had the option of a stopover in Los Angeles. I took it and went to stay at Venice Beach for a week. I’d never been to the US before and have always felt a hick when owning up to the fact. I once heard someone say that they had no inclination to visit the US-as if to have one would be immoral. It is partly because people say such ridiculous things about the US that I am attracted to it.

I imagine it to be a sexy sort of country, with a…

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