This poetic environmentalist account traces the history of the Glendale Narrows reach of the Los Angeles River, the one section where its movie-set-famous channelization is thwarted by the power of the river itself. This archival retrieval considers the relationship between humans and the river across cycles of drought and flood and lays out the shifting currents of environmentalist attitudes towards California’s waterways.
Showdown at the Glendale Narrows: The intransigence of water
Laurie Glover co-authored On the Road: California (Interlink Press, 2011), a travel guide with narrative interruptions. She wrote the interruptions. Her work also appears in Nimrod and ZYZZYVA. Her current project, The Lupine Year, will recount her attempt to see every lupine species in California in bloom within one seasonal year.
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Laurie Glover; Showdown at the Glendale Narrows: The intransigence of water. Boom 1 May 2013; 3 (1): 80–85. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.1.80
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