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Boom. 2013; 333–7 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.3.3
Published: 01 September 2013
...William Deverell; Tom Sitton This article places the 1974 film Chinatown alongside the historical events that the film portrays. Rather than a simple comparison between fact and fiction, Deverell and Sitton instead explore what we can learn about the people, places, and events in both Chinatown and...
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Boom. 2016; 6462–69 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.4.62
Published: 01 December 2016
...Caitlin Mohan This personal piece of non-fiction explores the history of the Sierra Foothills and the current changes brought on by the marijuana industry. Attempts to present various ways of looking at how the changes in the Yuba River watershed are about and reflect important changes in...
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Boom. 2016; 6318–24 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.18
Published: 01 September 2016
...) in what I thought was historic fiction, like fiction was some kind of protective vapor and came with a license to kill. What did I know? Writing fiction is harder than telling the facts because really you have to tell the truth. Sounds like nonsense I guess, but getting it wrongmeans you lose your...
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Boom. 2016; 631–3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.1
Published: 01 September 2016
... commemorating the tenth anniversary of the death of the brilliant science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler with a year-long slate of events. On the evening of 27 October, the Huntington Library the home of Butler s papers hosts Xenogenesis Suite, a musical tribute to the writer. Composed by Nicole Mitchell, the...
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Boom. 2016; 6325–31 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.25
Published: 01 September 2016
... with Manifest Destiny), or it might mean to envision historical or fictional realities (as in the imag- inative work of Hollywood). There are, of course, endless varieties of financial specu- lation, such as land speculation or the mining speculation in the goldfields of Northern California and the...
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Boom. 2016; 6312–17 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.12
Published: 01 September 2016
... maximums) and metrics (such as residents per acre). What humanists add to the conversation is as vast as the disciplines that comprise the humanities. For example, densitymight be reformulated as proximity in terms of social relations between neighbors, cultural representations in film and fiction, or...
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Boom. 2015; 5150–61 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.1.50
Published: 01 March 2015
...; and the fictional account in Elizabeth Gordon,What We Saw at Madame World s Fair: Being a Series of Letters from the Twins at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition to Their Cousins at Home (San Francisco: Samuel Levinson, 1915), 54. 17 The Blue Book, 24, 132. See also, Raymond, The Architecture...
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Boom. 2014; 4497–101 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.4.97
Published: 01 December 2014
... neighborhoods they once inhabited, poke around their homes, and peer into their offices. For an afternoon or an evening, I feel that I have communed with the poets, playwrights, and experimental fiction writers who intrigue me. I also tangle with the spirit of books that keep me up late at night, turning the...
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Boom. 2014; 4437–45 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.4.37
Published: 01 December 2014
... was largely untrou- bled by anything but the vicissitudes of weather and per- haps the usual quarrels between brothers and their families. The fictional island namesake of California was rich in gold, but Spanish settlers never found the precious yellow metal here. James Marshall fulfilled that...
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Boom. 2014; 4336–45 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.3.36
Published: 01 September 2014
...- prints, photographs, recordings, the memories of witnesses. Any copy of a volume of Remembrance of Things Past is not only a mass of ordered language from which an imagined world can be reconstructed, but also a physical artifact from which much about the actual world (not the fictional world of...
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Boom. 2014; 4146–53 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.1.46
Published: 01 March 2014
... to the written word. The source is the fictional Queen Califia, whose story comes from the Spanish writer Garci Rodr ´guez de Montalvo s 1510 romance The Adventures of Esplandia´n. Know ye Rodr ´guez de Montalvo wrote, that at the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California...
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Boom. 2013; 3427–34 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.4.27
Published: 01 December 2013
...Michael Ziser This article looks at the California origins of much of Twentieth Century science fiction. It examines how the exploding growth and development of postwar California informed science fiction writers like Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and Philip K. Dick, and looks to their books for...
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Boom. 2013; 343–11 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.4.3
Published: 01 December 2013
... mediocre writing, and then really great talking. Boom: You have two sons. If science fiction was your liter- ature growing up, what is their literature? Robinson: They and their friends seem to have an intense interest in fantasy literature as a kind of escape from their historical situation. They re a...
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Boom. 2013; 3412–26 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.4.12
Published: 01 December 2013
...Kristin Miller This article contemplates the way Northern and Southern California have been used in science fiction films since the 1970s. Continuing a trend the author traces to the 1940s novels Earth Abides and Ape and Essence , Northern California represents possible utopian futures while...
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Boom. 2013; 3435–45 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.4.35
Published: 01 December 2013
... fiction to imagine entirely dif- ferent worlds ten, twenty, or a hundred years in the future. While talking about climate change is technically just as much a form of futurism as talking about robots, the term Californians have been desperately trying to keep up with the past at the same time as their...
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Boom. 2013; 3454–66 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.4.54
Published: 01 December 2013
.... As explored through Kristin Miller s photo essay in this volume, this binary has been rooted in, and an inspiration for, science fiction fanta- sies of film, television, and literature since the 1960s, pre- occupied as this genre has been with the prospect of imminent environmental and social...
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Boom. 2013; 331–2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.3.1
Published: 01 September 2013
... a brilliant film at every level. As William Deverell and Tom Sitton argue in these pages, fact and fiction blend in Robert Towne s script to tell a story that is true in essence, if not historically correct in any detail. Chinatown will be screened at a special event in downtown LA during the...
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Boom. 2013; 3282–86 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.2.82
Published: 01 July 2013
... oppo- sitional counterhistory but beneath the prosaic title, he carefully inserts recent films and fictions into a dramatic Alas, the Latino metropolis hardly registers on the horizon. 84 BOOMCA L I FORN I A . COM historical process shaping the broader Americas Euro- American encounter with Latino...
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Boom. 2013; 3272–81 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.2.72
Published: 01 July 2013
... and dancers.21 Convinced by friends and former members, Hagedorn started up the East Coast ver- sion of her band in 1980, simply named The Gangster Choir and performed with them until 1985.22 In 1997, The Gangster of Love, Hagedorn s fictionalized account of the Gangster Choir years on both coasts...
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Boom. 2012; 24118–125 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2012.2.4.118
Published: 01 December 2012
... other. Here I offer but one truth that is not entirely fiction. preservation indigenous to this continent, as well as those introduced by European archivists in recent centuries. Con Sapos current team is led by Quetzalcoatl, who pioneered tlacuiloismo (the historian s art), and includes John Rollin...