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City at the Edge of Forever

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City at the Edge of Forever by Peter Lunenfeld
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Aug 11, 2020 | ISBN 9780525561934

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Advance praise for City at the Edge of Forever:

“[City at the Edge of Forever has] compassion for those traditionally airbrushed out of the picture . . . [and] lots of delightfully shunpike Southern California lore . . . [Lunenfeld’s] bracingly original account of the generational leap from ’50s dads in the military to their rock-star kids—among them Jim Morrison and Gram Parsons—will more than reward a masked expedition to the bookstore.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Richly detailed and evocatively written, this highly original account unearths L.A. stories ‘more complex [and] contradictory . . . than anything that ever made it to the screen.’ Readers will be spellbound.”Publishers Weekly (starred)

“This is a luminous, engrossing book. Lunenfeld evokes all of the texture and complexity of Los Angeles in a wholly original way — as both a real place and an imagined place, central to the American psyche.” —Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book

“Here is a title to be added to the list of great meditations on Los Angeles. City at the Edge of Forever is a book about southern California but it is also a book about all of us, about how fringes become mainstream, how politics morphs into culture, and how culture mutates uncontrollably under the American sun.” —Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?

“There’s long been this great vast instrument called Los Angeles, or more precisely the sprawlingly various history of Los Angeles, but in Peter Lunenfeld it has found a vividly fresh new interpreter: Lunenfeld’s loopily jazzy improvisations are bracing in their own right, but completely revelatory as well. Who knew history could be made to shimmy and sing like this?” —Lawrence Weschler, author of Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees and Mr Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder

“For many years, I called Peter Lunenfeld the caffeine of Los Angeles. With this book, he has assembled a witty, graceful history of LA’s folk myths, introducing us to demi and quasi celebrities—to outliers and insiders alike—while masterfully chronicling the anxieties behind the folklore.” —Norman M. Klein, author of The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory

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