Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V3 #860

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 03 Sep 2001

Still another Mark replied to another Mark:

"He and other contemporary L.A. novelists may very well be influenced by the master of the contemporary Los Angeles environmental jeremiad, the brilliant non-fiction writer Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, and Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster."

That's a definite when it comes to John Shannon. Whenever his detective Jack Liffey needs background info on anything having to do with LA he goes to his friend Mike Lewis, teacher of Urban Theory. Lewis is introduced as:

"He was a little feisty restless guy, a former SDS leader who'd been blackballed from the big schools for years so he'd taught parttime in little art colleges. Then he wrote a probing social history of LA, about who'd gored whose ox, that came so hot the Times and the talk shows couldn't get enough of him."

I don't know how well the personal background fits Davis, but the book sure sounds like City of Quartz.

And Davis supplied a blurb for The Cracked Earth: "If Raymond Chandler had wrtten The Day of the Locust, this is the book he would have written."


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