City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

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by Mike Davis
     
 

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No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together.” To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the…  See more details below

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No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together.” To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, as well as armed Beirut militias. 

In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA’s shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity.

In this new edition, Davis provides a dazzling update on the city’s current status.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Eschewing the character study that comprises most Los Angeles history, Davis concentrates on the ongoing and ignored ethnic and class struggles, formerly manifested by booster (pro-growth) exploitation, now replaced by exclusionary (no-growth) neighborhood incorporation, and by police control of Afro-American and Latino neighborhoods. His analysis of recent Los Angeles history is often chilling and--sad to say--more true than false. Small inaccuracies sometimes afflict the narrative, and the breathlessness of Davis's writing will probably confuse readers who are unfamilar with the region. But these criticisms quibble with an otherwise important and necessary work. Recommended.-- Tim Zindel, Hastings Coll . of the Law, San Francisco
Peter Ackroyd - The Times
“A history as fascinating as it is instructive.”
William Gibson
“Absolutely fascinating.”
The Times - Peter Ackroyd
“A history as fascinating as it is instructive.”
From the Publisher
“Absolutely fascinating.”—William Gibson

“Few books shed as much light on their subjects as this opinionated and original excavation of Los Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future.”—San Francisco Examiner

“A history as fascinating as it is instructive.”—Peter Ackroyd, The Times

San Francisco Examiner
“Few books shed as much light on their subjects as this opinionated and original excavation of Los Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844674862
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
09/17/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
441
Sales rank:
834,935
File size:
6 MB

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Jonathan Kozol
"An extraordinary book - tumultuous and brilliant."
William Gibson
"A visionary rant about a secret meeting of Los Angeles...absolutely fascinating. It's more cyberpunk than any work of fiction could ever be."

Meet the Author

Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa’aloa, Hawaii.

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