I'm reading The Sellout by Paul Beatty.

One of the sections is titled: "City Lites"

The first thing that comes to my mind is Charlie Chaplin's famous movie. But what else can be understood from it?

  • Maybe it's a reference to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Lights_Bookstore ? Jun 6, 2021 at 23:04
  • Is there a particular reason you think it is a reference to something outside the book>
    – Spagirl
    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:45
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    @Spagirl I'm not sure. "City Lites: An Interlude" is the complete title and book’s satirical take on the concept of “sister cities” lampoons the somewhat childish nature of international relations. The idea that cities would have a matchmaking service shows that relations between different cities and countries can be no less petty than the relationships between individual people looking to go on first dates. Jun 8, 2021 at 13:00
  • @kimchilover That's rather unlikely. City Lights is in San Francisco, approximately 350 miles away from the setting of Beatty's novel, which is Los Angeles. The NorCal / SoCal rivalry is intense; denizens of neither city would appreciate its being mistaken for the other.
    – verbose
    Jan 21 at 9:19


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