(E–pub READ) [Ecology of Fear Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster]


  • Paperback
  • 496
  • Ecology of Fear Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster
  • Mike Davis
  • English
  • 13 November 2018
  • 9780375706073

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Ecology of Fear Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster Download ó 104 Graced with a bold political and environmental vision much splendid phrasemaking and a multitude of facts A truly eccentric contribution The New York Times Book Review  Earthuakes Wildfires Floods Drought Tornadoes Snakes in the sea mountain lions and a plague of bees In this controversial tour de force of scholarship unsparing vision and inspired writing Mike Davis the author of City of uartz revisits Los Angeles as a Book of the Apocalypse theme park By brilliantly juxtapos. This is a good but flawed book Its main attraction is its cataloguing of the many disasters that threaten Los Angeles with Biblical destruction and the ham handed ways in which the LA elite have increased the danger through myopic development Davis devotes chapters to the familar earthuakes fires and the surprising Who knew that LA had a tornado alley whose existence has been resolutely denied by city officials and the LA Times Davis is a passionate writer whose specialty is the depiction of a world gone mad as it is slowly devoured by Angelinos The human errors shown here give him a broad canvas on which to work This book also has some serious flaws Its structure undercuts the power of its message Davis begins with a bang describing the political and economic aftermath of the Northridge uake but the book becomes LESS apocalyptic with each chapter His tally of horrors eventually descends to self parody with warnings about killer bees and flesh eating vampires Odder yet he follows his catalogue of natural dangers with a long chapter the longest one in the book in fact about the many fictional depictions of the destruction of LA This is a great discussion Davis seems to have read every lurid paperback and watched every crummy B movie with the death of LA as a plot point He gives these uestionable cultural artifacts the full deconstructionist treatment using them to examine the signifiers that represent LA s fears of armaggeddon Obviously the point is to contrast the fantasy fears of destruction with the very real dangers posed by the natural world Davis wants to set out what we should or should not be afraid of That s fine but the placement of the fiction chapter within the analysis of the real world chapters interrupts the logic and flow of his argument The other major flaw in this book is Davis himself His rhetoric and tone are Marxist He is not a gulag and breadlines Marxist of course Instead he is the sort of Pop Marxist that is a familiar feature in the cultural and intellectual scene mostly it s good for getting tenure seducing nose ringed co eds and impressing the staff at Vanity Fair Davis discussion on the fire danger contrasting Malibu s wildfires with LA s history of slum fires is a classic dialectic He focuses on the evils of Developers Corporations and Republicans with the same fervor that the Old Left used to apply to Capitalists and Fascists He is also at war with human nature itself I think we can all agree that LA is mostly an ugly poorly planned city However Davis treats this as the result of greed and explosive growth and the like He does not admit that this was the result of millions of people moving out west to escape the dreary Midwest to make a new life for themselves and their families With transplants arriving by the carload LA s city fathers did not have time to take soil samples and count suirrel populations Davis also fails to mention that the post Sixties LA political scene has been dominated by sclerotic Democrats not rapacious Republicans Pete Wilson is repeatedly invoked as a right wing boogeyman while Tom Bradley is mentioned only in passing This is ridiculous as Bradley was mayor of LA for four terms during a time when LA began to drift and decline while Wilson is connected to LA only because he was governor of CA I should mention that the worst writing can be found on the back cover Some anonymous copyrighter has given us such dubious phrases as violent malaise compassionate rage and counterpointing fantasy with reality Counterpointing has to be the most obnoxious misuse of a made up word I have ever seen

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Ecology of Fear Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster Download ó 104 Ing LA's fragile natural ecology with its disastrous environmental and social history he compellingly shows a city deliberately put in harm's way by land developers builders and politicians even as the incalculable toll of inevitable future catas trophe continues to accumulateCounterpointing LA's central role in America's fantasy life the city has been destroyed no less than 138 times in novels and films since 1909 with its wanton denial of its own real history Davis creates a. Absolutely wild book I loved it

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Ecology of Fear Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster Download ó 104 Revelatory kaleidoscope of American fact imagery and sensibility  Drawing upon a vast array of sources Ecology of Fear meticulously captures the nation's violent malaise and desperate social unease at the millennial end of the American century  With savagely entertaining wit and compassionate rage this book conducts a devastating reconnaissance of our all too likely urban futureDizzying In Mr Davis's account the world ends in fire and the next time is now The New York Times. Davis I think is the closest thing we have today to the early 20th century s crazed and bearded socialist ranting and handing out mimeographed broadsides on a street corner In this book perhaps the most apocalyptic of all his works although given the number of books he s written maybe not I don t know he exposes the various ways that LA is basically an affront to nature that simply will not stand And then after tracing all the REAL ways that nature has tried to destroy LA earthuakes fire tornadoes mountain lions bees etc he goes on to examine every book and movie he can find where a fictional destruction of the city is presented And then as if all that wasn t enough he tells us about how the real development and future of LA is a much depressing thing than the dystopian view of the future city presented in Blade RunnerOf course reading this than halfway convinces you thata There is no chance that the city will survive for any length of time although it has certainly continued to do so in the 10 years since this book was published albeit with continuing wildfires and the nigh total collapse of the state of California Of course Davis is just using this ecological apocalypticism to riff on the socialeconomic disasters of class ineuality and American decadence and racial strife speaking of which I m not entirely convinced by his argument that post apocalyptic fiction is at root obsessed with race war but on that laterb LA is the most special uniue place in the world I always thought that was NYC didn t youAnyway as always with Davis this is funny and depressing and insightful and makes an elouent case for the world of capitalist modernity being DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED


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