Land of Smoke and Mirrors: A Cultural History of Los Angeles

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Brook, Vincent, 1946–
    Land of smoke and mirrors : a cultural history of Los Angeles / Vincent Brook.
          p.      cm.
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
    ISBN 978–0–8135–5457–0 (hardcover : alk. paper) — ISBN 978–0–8135–5456–3
    (pbk.: alk. paper) — ISBN 978–0–8135–5458–7 (e-book)
    1. Los Angeles (Calif.) — History. 2. Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)—History.
    3. Popular culture—California—Los Angeles—History. 4. Los Angeles (Calif.) —
    In literature. 5. Los Angeles (Calif.) — In motion pictures. 6. Motion picture
    industry—California— Los Angeles — History. 7. Cultural pluralism—California—
    Los Angeles — History. 8. Minorities—California—Los Angeles — History.
    9. Los Angeles (Calif.) — Social conditions I. Title.
    F869.L857B76 2012
    979.4’94—dc23

2012009902

A British Cataloging-in-Publication record for this book is available from the British Library.

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Land of Smoke and Mirrors: A Cultural History of Los Angeles
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iv
  • Contents viii
  • Acknowledgments x
  • Prologue 1
  • Introduction 5
  • Part One - Original Si(G)N 23
  • Chapter 1 - The Ramona Myth 25
  • Chapter 2 - Ramona Revisited 43
  • Part Two - Si(G)N City 65
  • Chapter 3 - "City with Two Heads" 67
  • Chapter 4 - What Price Hollywood? 83
  • Part Three - L.a. Noir 103
  • Chapter 5 - Bright and Guilty Place 105
  • Chapter 6 - Neo-Noir 126
  • Part Four - Multicultural L.a 151
  • Chapter 7 - Latinos 153
  • Chapter 8 - Blacks 170
  • Chapter 9 - Lasians 189
  • Chapter 10 - Langlos and Lagbts 209
  • Conclusion 233
  • Notes 243
  • Index 281
  • About the Author 303
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