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Dead Cities: And Other Tales

Dead Cities And Other Tales In his most provocative writing yet the radical urban theorist Mike Davis explores the combat zone that is contemporary urban America the site of a perpetual battle waged within cities and against n

  • Title: Dead Cities: And Other Tales
  • Author: Mike Davis
  • ISBN: 9781565848443
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • In his most provocative writing yet, the radical urban theorist Mike Davis explores the combat zone that is contemporary urban America, the site of a perpetual battle waged within cities and against nature Davis examines themes of urban life today white flight, housing and job segregation and discrimination and looks at areas he calls national sacrifice zones, militarIn his most provocative writing yet, the radical urban theorist Mike Davis explores the combat zone that is contemporary urban America, the site of a perpetual battle waged within cities and against nature Davis examines themes of urban life today white flight, housing and job segregation and discrimination and looks at areas he calls national sacrifice zones, military landscapes that simulated warfare and arms production have rendered uninhabitable Davis begins his apocalyptically inflected tour with a trip to New York s Ground Zero and to the diabolic miracle of Las Vegas.

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    1 thought on “Dead Cities: And Other Tales

    1. this collection of essays is a mixed bag. there's a few fantastic pieces ("berlin's skeleton in utah's closet," "who killed L.A.?: a political autopsy" and "dead cities: a natural history" come to mind), some that are only interesting if you really study the fields they address ("burning all illusions," "cosmic dancers on history's stage" which i failed to finish) and a few that aren't so hot, like his intro piece about 9/11. as usual, davis is best when he's politicizing catastrophes and using [...]

    2. Pretty amazing. It seems like all his stuff is pretty much a reiteration of the same basic tenets, but it’s illuminating on a variety of obscure topics: working class teen riots in the early 60s, fake corporate cities in South LA, dead animal garbage dumps in Nevada nuclear testing grounds, and of course more on Bunker Hill, which seems to be endlessly fascinating and able to supply whatever theoretical or literary fuel you request for your apocalyptic fire.

    3. man there is so much good stuff especially the beginning about nuclear test sites and documentation and the end about geological catastrophes. im reading it again now

    4. Super powerful book by Mike Davis about the intersections between economics, culture, geography, and politics.

    5. I didn't really know much about Mike Davis going into this but was pretty sure I wasn't gonna love his work. Considering that he's a self-described urbanist and that the only label I'm even close to comfortable with for myself at this point is anti-civ it's kind of surprising I even decided to start this. His name had just come up so many times endorsing other books I've read that I had to see who he was. There actually are some interesting essays in here, mainly the first couple and last couple [...]

    6. Another doozy by about Mike Davis. Not really cities per sebut large swaths of land that happen to be urbanized. Several of the essays focus on LA and LV as emblematic of corporate greed and environmental intransigence. Davis, an urban environmentalist is concerned with how urban America - "in the West" has been poisoned by postmodern urbanism and is as good as dead because of that greed and those assorted environmental catastrophes. This is coupled in LA's case with the inevitable big one, clim [...]

    7. Some really interesting essays, mostly focused on the western states of the US and Los Angeles in particular, but covering a wide range of topics. The theme of how cities and other inhabited areas "die" because of pollution, politics, government intervention, and economic pressures. There are also interesting bits about mock-ups of European cities built for military experiments during WWII, the prospects of meteor strikes wiping out civilization, and other fun stuff. I get the impression though [...]

    8. Very high brow "When buildings fall down," full of neat facts like: During WWII, scientists in nevada and utah recreated german buildings and furniture out of traditional german materials so they could blow it up as accurately as possible.

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