Tuesday, December 7, 2010
[For previous entries, click the "Most Gothic Place Names" label under Features in the right sidebar.]
Before I even started digging into California, I expected to strike Gothic gold, and I certainly was not disappointed. This is a state that features place names such as Poe, Bradbury, and Tryon Corner. There's also Helltown (more Dis than Disneyland), Dagon (it's no secret who the pagan cults worship in this fishing village), Stones Landing (because the local zealots have excellent aim), Mugginsville (beware of walking the streets at night), Bateman Place (an ideal residence for American psychos), and Town Talk (where the dirty laundry gets thoroughly aired). All worthy candidates, but the title of Most Gothic Place Name in California goes to...
Lairport. It sounds like an ominous pun, a portmanteau word deconstructing into oxymoron. A place that lures you inside its borders with the false promise of facilitation. A terminal where you stand to lose more than your luggage, where travelers are dropped off but never picked up again.