City of Quartz: Excavating the Future of Los Angeles

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future of Los Angeles

by Mike Davis

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Overview

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future of Los Angeles by Mike Davis

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780860913030
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 10/17/1990
Series: Haymarket Series
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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