Sex, Death and God in L.A. [NOOK Book]

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Los Angeles is the labyrinth at the end of the American Dream, a city often celebrated, often condemned—rarely understood. In this fascinating and unusual collection David Reid has gathered together the novelists, journalists, and cultural critics who could best debunk the myths, define the truths, and decipher the strange iconography of this “bronzed paradise” of fourteen million inhabitants. Here are reports and reflections on: the new Latin-American and Asian populations of South Central and the East Side and ...
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Sex, Death and God in L.A.

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Overview

Los Angeles is the labyrinth at the end of the American Dream, a city often celebrated, often condemned—rarely understood. In this fascinating and unusual collection David Reid has gathered together the novelists, journalists, and cultural critics who could best debunk the myths, define the truths, and decipher the strange iconography of this “bronzed paradise” of fourteen million inhabitants. Here are reports and reflections on: the new Latin-American and Asian populations of South Central and the East Side and the old establishment in the West Side’s hidden hilltop enclaves; Downtown with its heavily mortgaged office towers held by Canadian and Japanese landlords; the shuttered factories, thriving sweatshops, and gerrymandered “rotten boroughs” of post-industrial L.A.; architecture from Irving Gill to Frank O. Gehry; avatars and messiahs from Krishnamurti to L. Ron Hubbard; rituals of power and abjection in Movieland; and yoga and lust in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles Times and Nation columnist Alexander Cockburn; Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz; L.A. Weeklywriters Lynell George and Rubén Martínez; novelists Carolyn See, Eve Babitz, and David Thomson; architectural historian Thomas S. Hines; and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Jeremy Larner are among those who investigate the mysteries of the city which, as Cockburn writes, is “the only megalopolis of the First World growing at a rate comparable to those supercities—Sao Paulo, Cairo, and Canton—of the Third World.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804150125
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/2/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David Reid was born in San Diego, California, and educated at Claremont McKenna College and the University of California, Berkeley. With Leonard Michaels and Raquel Scherr, he coedited West of the West: Imagining California. His writing has appeard in Vanity Fair, Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, University Publishing, and the Los Angeles Times.
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Table of Contents

Contributors:

Alexander Cockburn

Mike Davis

Carolyn See

Eve Babitz

Lynell George

David Reid

Rubén Martinez

Thomas S. Hines

David Thomson

Jeremy Larner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Rose

    I gtg. Sorrt

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    Posted November 30, 2013

    Slave Girl

    Sure

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    Posted November 30, 2013

    Ash

    Death by sex page five last res

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Ash!!!

    Where r u? I looked @ page 5 last res, but u rnt there!!

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    Posted November 30, 2013

    Isabel

    Hi Bruce

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