The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World

Andrew O’Hagan writes:

Andrew O’Hagan on the Bling

Coming over the Hollywood Hills at this time of year you drive on roads edged with blue flowers. The jacaranda is dropping like crazy and around every bend the McMansions seem to cry out their phoney perfection. You pass a mini-Tuscany and meet a little England on your way to Ventura Freeway, the 101, that leads to a valley of shopping malls and awesome haze. It’s out here that you find Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks. And this is where the world’s most spoiled people come to breed and crave in an atmosphere of dieting and reality TV.

(LRB 20 June 2013)