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Malibu Diary: Notes from an Urban Refugee (Environmental Arts and Humanities)

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In 1986, Penelope Grenoble O'Malley moved to Malibu, at that time a small community of oddballs and cantankerous isolationists, hoping to find peaceful exile from Los Angeles and a life that had become too frantic and confused. She knew little then of the landscape that she hoped would inspire her--who owned it, what manner of flora and fauna it might support--and she wasn't much interested. Nor did she give much thought to the people who would become her neighbors. As it turned out, her life on this urban-wildland frontier was very different from what she had planned. "Malibu Diary is O'Malley's account of her years as a resident of this beautiful, beleaguered Southern California coastal community. Here, a landscape of rare and breathtaking beauty conceals geological and climatic treachery, and human presence endangers a rich but fragile ecosystem. Far from isolating herself from the ills of contemporary urban life, O'Malley found herself deeply engaged in a community where realtors lusted after the magnificent hills and beachfront, Native Americans fought to protect the artifacts of their ancestors, and locals, no matter how resistant to development, were forced to address such pressing urban issues as zoning and sewage treatment. Malibu's decision to incorporate introduced politics into the quiet village, and horrendous fires and floods caused destruction to property and the natural environment. "Malibu Diary combines environmental history, personal memoir, and a lengthy meditation on the complicated relationships between humans and the landscapes they destroy by loving them too much. As such, O'Malley sees Malibu as a warning beacon for any beautiful place where settlement isconstantly at odds with the natural environment; where a lifestyle, however alluring, is made precarious by the very natural forces that create its charm. "Malibu Diary is a powerful and provocative exploration of the tenuous interface between the urban and wild worlds, and of th

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ISBN:
9780874175660
Author:
Omalley, Penelope G
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Author:
O'Malley, Penelope Grenoble
Author:
O'MALLEY, PENELOPE
Location:
Reno
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Cities and towns
Subject:
Environmental protection
Subject:
United States - Pacific - Los Angeles
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Wilderness areas
Subject:
Malibu Region
Subject:
HIS036140
Subject:
O'Malley, Penelope Grenoble
Subject:
Malibu Region (Calif.)
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Environmental Arts and Humanities Series
Series Volume:
Bd. 55
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.4 x 0.7 in

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