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Beyond ‘City of Quartz’: The best Mike Davis books

It’s impossible to overstate the significance of Mike Davis, who died Tuesday at 76 from complications related to esophageal cancer. For almost all of us who write and think about Los Angeles, he was not only a touchstone but also a lodestar, the most important and original thinker about the city since Carey McWilliams defected …


Mike Davis, author of ‘City of Quartz,’ dies

When it was first published in 1990, Mike Davis’ “City of Quartz” hardly seemed a candidate for bestseller status. There was its author, for starters. Davis was a Marxist urban scholar whose primary contribution to the public discourse at the time consisted of a little-read book about the history of labor in the U.S., along …