The author turns his critical eye to the City of Angels, discussing L.A s gridlocked freeways, immigrant neighborhoods, posh Beverly Hills, popular culture, health consciousness, and , and speculates on the city s future.
I can't believe it took me 20 years to read this book and the biggest takeaway I've got is, "You really are Susan Sontag's son, aren't you?" This *was* an interesting read. But it was also gratuitously simplistic and polemical.Rieff's by-now familiar point is that white people in Southern California at the end of the 20th century remained willfully ignorant about their enormous reliance on immigrant labor and on the ongoing demographic change of Los Angeles into a plurality-immigrant city. To ge [...]
I found the historical material most interesting. Such matters as Los Angeles diocesan support for the clericalist Cristero revolt in Mexico in the 1930s, are rarely heard of. And quite well written in style.