Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory

Pt. I, Ch. 2, “L.A. Noir and Forgetting”

“there are noir and apocalyptic scenarios that continually repeat in literature, film and the visual arts from Los Angeles. By the mid sixties, they take on an increasingly disengaged spirit, like a nightmare one watches through the windshield of a car” (81).

Pt. V, Ch. 12, “Suburban Noir and Cyberspace”

“in the chain of exurban extension, cyberspace is the next suburb. The best guided tour of suburban cyberspace is probably by architect and critic William J. Mitchell …. how ‘asynchronous’ it will be … with ‘fragmented subjects who exist as collections of aliases and agents.’ He could have been describing the imaginary L.A. freeway circa 1970” (298).

Norman M. Klein, The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory (London and New York: Verso, 1997)

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