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

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This book grew from a course on the “Rhetoric of Los Angeles” I have been teaching at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication since 2006. Ur-thanks thus go out to the Annenbergians who provided the opportunity: Sarah Banet-Weiser, Larry Gross, Abby Kaun, and Imre Mezsaros. Two of my teaching assistants in the course, Peter Chow-White and George Villanueva, from whom I learned a great deal, deserve special mention. Myriad others contributed in myriad ways to the book’s completion, including (with apologies to those I inadvertently omitted): Joe Abbott, Bernie Acuna, Cecilia Acuna, Conrad Acuna, Charles Alvarez, Cindi Alvitre, Sandra Ball-Rokeach, Cynthia Becht, Maria Benitez, Tiffany Bowers, Lisa Boyajian, John Cahoon, Marilyn Campbell, Linda Candelaria, Lena M. Chao, David Delacruz, Victor Dominguez, Mary Feirro, Matt Gracia, Rene Garcia, Brian Gatlin, Brian Glover, Felix Gutierrez, Marsha Hagadorn, Margaret Hardin, John Harris, Celone Hawkinson, Stephen Holguin, Vincent Holguin, Stephen C. Jett, Wes Joe, John Johnson, Robert Johnson, Claudia Jurmain, David Kipen, Jim Landry, Beau Layne, Bill McCawley, Doris McKently, Rose Mitchell, Rachel Morales Jackson, Andy Myers, Summer Myers, Jane Nakasako, Octavio Olvera, Rene Ortiz, Liz Perez, Pamela Peters, Gary Phillips, Carmen Ramirez, Irene Reynoso, Barbara Robinson, Al Sanchez, Christopher Shaw, Barbara Sherlock, Jonathan Stein, Alison Stenger, Dace Taube, Bud Thomas, Mark Thompson, Cynthia Vallejo, Anita Venegas, and Michelle Weling.

Institutions that helped with photo acquisition include the A C Bilbrew Los Angeles County Library, Bison Archives, the Japanese American Museum, the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, the Los Angeles Public Library, Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, the National Archives, ONE Archives, Photofest, and the University of Southern California Special Collections Library.

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  • 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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