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Los Angeles is a city which has long thrived on the continual re-creation of own myth. In this highly original work, Norman Klein examines the process of memory erasure in the city. Using a distinctive mixture of fact and fiction, Klein takes us on an “anti-tour” of downtown LA. He investigates the life for Vietnamese immigrants in the City of Dreams, playfully imagines Walter Benjamin as a Los Angeleno, and looks at the way information technology has recreated the city, turning cyberspace into the last suburb. We observe the close up demolition of neighbourhoods by urban planners, TV’s misrepresentation of the Rodney King uprising in1992, the effect on public consciousness of earthquakes, fires and racial panic, and the way in which crime novels make LA slums seem like abandoned cities in the Central American jungle.

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Los Angeles is a city that has long thrived on the continual re-creation of its own myth. In this extraordinary work, Norman Klein examines the process of memory erasure in LA. Using a provocative mixture of fact and fiction, the book takes us on an "anti-tour" of downtown LA, examines life for Vietnamese immigrants in the City of Dreams, imagines Walter Benjamin as a Los Angeleno, and finally looks at the way information technology has recreated the city, turning cyberspace into the last suburb. In this new edition, Norman Klein explores the evolution of the Latino majority, how the Pacific economy is changing the structure of urban life, the impact of collapsing infrastructure in the city, and the restructuring of those very districts that had been "forgotten."

About the Author

Norman M. Klein is a critic and historian of mass culture, author of most recently, The Vatican to Vegas: The History of Special Effects. He teaches at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859841754
Subtitle:
Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory
Author:
Klein, Norman M.
Author:
Klein, Norman M.
Publisher:
Verso
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - Pacific - Los Angeles
Subject:
Memory
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Haymarket (Paperback)
Publication Date:
19970617
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
330
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Los Angeles is a city that has long thrived on the continual re-creation of its own myth. In this extraordinary work, Norman Klein examines the process of memory erasure in LA. Using a provocative mixture of fact and fiction, the book takes us on an "anti-tour" of downtown LA, examines life for Vietnamese immigrants in the City of Dreams, imagines Walter Benjamin as a Los Angeleno, and finally looks at the way information technology has recreated the city, turning cyberspace into the last suburb. In this new edition, Norman Klein explores the evolution of the Latino majority, how the Pacific economy is changing the structure of urban life, the impact of collapsing infrastructure in the city, and the restructuring of those very districts that had been "forgotten."
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