City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles

Mike Davis


No city has been extra enjoyed or extra hated. To its reliable boosters, “Los Angeles brings all of it together.” To detractors, l. a. is a sunlit mortuary the place “you can rot with out feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the writer of this fiercely stylish and extensive- ranging paintings of social heritage, la is either utopia and dystopia, a spot the place the final Joshua bushes are being plowed less than to make room for version groups within the wilderness, the place the wealthy have employed their very own police to fend off highway gangs, in addition to armed Beirut militias. 

In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA’s shadow heritage and dissects its airy financial system. He tells us who has the facility and the way they carry directly to it. He offers us a urban of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation immediately out of Nathaniel Westa urban during which we might glimpse our personal destiny reflected with terrifying clarity.

In this re-creation, Davis offers a blinding replace at the city’s present prestige.

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