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The Resource City at the edge of forever : Los Angeles reimagined, Peter Lunenfeld

City at the edge of forever : Los Angeles reimagined, Peter Lunenfeld

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City at the edge of forever : Los Angeles reimagined
Title
City at the edge of forever
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Los Angeles reimagined
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Peter Lunenfeld
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Los Angeles reimagined
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eng
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"An engaging account of the uniquely creative spirit and bustling cultural ecology of contemporary Los Angeles. What is it about Los Angeles since the end of the Second World War that has enabled it to become such a center of cultural and technological innovation? In City at the Edge of Forever, Peter Lunenfeld, a professor at UCLA and an award-winning cultural critic, constructs an urban portrait, layer by layer, from serendipitous affinities, historical anomalies, and uncanny correspondences. In its pages, modernist architecture and lifestyle capitalism come together via a surfer girl named Gidget; Walt Disney and Hugh Hefner are revealed to be the same person, albeit with different demographics; Joan Didion's yellow Corvette is the brainchild of a car-crazy Japanese-American kid interned at Manzanar; and the music of the Manson Family segues into the birth of sci-fi fandom. One of the book's innovations is to brand Los Angeles as the alchemical city. Earth became real estate when the Yankees took control in the nineteenth century. Fire fueled the city's explosive growth early in the twentieth century as the Southland's oil fields minted millionaires and supplied the inexhaustible demands of drivers and their cars. Air defined the Southland from WWII to the end of the Cold War, with aeronautics and aerospace dominating the region's industries. Water is now the key element, and Southern California's ports are the largest in the western hemisphere, with sixty percent of everything Americans buy from China passing through Los Angeles. What alchemists identify as the ethereal fifth element, or quintessence, this book positions as the glamour of Hollywood, a spell that sustains the city but also needs to be broken in order to understand Los Angeles in the twenty-first century. The eruption of Los Angeles into global significance follows the ramp-up of its art, architecture, design, cuisine, music, theatre, and literary cultures, along with technical and scientific accomplishments, at a speed and reach unprecedented in modern history. That is the story Lunenfeld tells in this rich and compelling narrative"--
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10909346
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Lunenfeld, Peter
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979.4/94
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illustrations
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index present
LC call number
F869.L85
LC item number
L86 2020
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
  • Popular culture
  • Civilization
  • Manners and customs
  • Popular culture
  • California
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Los Angeles reimagined
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City at the edge of forever : Los Angeles reimagined, Peter Lunenfeld
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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on1130373189
Dimensions
24 cm
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326 pages
Isbn
9780525561934
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2020013210
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)1130373189
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City at the edge of forever : Los Angeles reimagined, Peter Lunenfeld
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1130373189
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9780525561934
Lccn
2020013210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1130373189

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