City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (New Edition)

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Verso Books, Sep 17, 2006 - History - 462 pages
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This new edition of Mike Davisís visionary work gives an update on Los Angeles as the city hits the 21st century.

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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Review: City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

User Review  - Oyster - Goodreads

Los Angeles has been loved, hated, and immortalized in popular culture. MacArthur Genius, Mike Davis, looks to the city's rich and diverse past, from its architecture to its commodification of the American dream, to see what's in store for the future of Tinseltown. Read full review

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User Review  - Lindsey Bahr - Goodreads

A bit apocalyptic, but Davis is a terrific essayist who has taken great pains to chronicle the history of Los Angeles in a compelling way - from the noir image we're presented by films and books, to ... Read full review

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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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