This essay is a review of two recent books of criticism: Bill Mohr's account of the Los Angeles poetry scene and Ignacio Lopez-Calvo's account of recent film and fiction set in Latino L.A. The essay argues for a conception of L.A. rooted in understanding the political and economic history of the city, and concludes with some speculation on the future of cultural production in the southern California region.
Drastic Measures in Los Angeles: Culture workers in the shadow of Hollywood
David Lau is the author of the poetry collection Virgil and the Mountain Cat: Poems (UC Press) and the chapbook Bad Opposites (Spect Books). He coedits Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion. He is a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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David Lau; Drastic Measures in Los Angeles: Culture workers in the shadow of Hollywood. Boom 1 July 2013; 3 (2): 82–86. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.2.82
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