Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles

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Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles is the second book by D.J. Waldie, one of the most gifted writers on the American scene. As Patt Morrison notes in her foreword, "The suburb is America's lifeline and its punchline, and Waldie is its bard." Few observers of the American scene can present the facts of the day, as Waldie does, with the texture and emotion of a symphony. A stunning progression from his much-celebrated book Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir, Where We Are Now is a compilation of Waldie's most intriguing recent works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883318383
  • Publisher: Angel City Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,426,853
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface: Where I Am 13
Acknowledgments 25
All in the Family 28
Closing the Suburban Frontier 38
Gone Hollywood 42
My Place in California 47
The City and the River 51
... 1995: What It Means to Live Low in L.A. 51
... 1999: October Rivers 65
... 2000: Habitat for Memories 66
... 2003: We Shall Gather at the River 69
The Golden Dream Goes Dark 71
First from Troy, Driven by Fate 74
Et in Arcadia, Ego 78
Fallout 84
Hic Domus Dei Est et Porta Coeli 94
New Urbanism 101 99
... New Urbanist Lexicon 103
Knowing Your Place 106
Real City 109
Tragic Opera 118
L.A. Literature 123
Catching the Urban Wave 125
Metal and Flesh 128
On the Bus 136
Our Town 146
Pornography of Despair 154
A Necessary City 162
For All Its Faults 171
Ungovernable California 175
The End of the West in Summerlin 180
A Very Public Killing 191
Paradise for One 194
Alone 199
About the Author 203
Index 204
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