T.C. Boyle writes about the Southern California fires:
This is the season of apocalypse, the season Raymond Chandler and Joan Didion came to dwell on, when the sea pulls the desert air down over the mountains and your eyes dry up in their sockets and all the pyromaniacs go to heaven. Southern California is at war with nature and the fires are burning from San Diego to Los Angeles to Ventura.
(Via Moorish Girl.)