RIP Mike Davis

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
Rest in power to a real one

Read City of Quartz in high school and got to see him speak at a local college, a defining memory. Suburbanization, how power functions in the American city, how public space is captured/recaptured etc. He was so incisive and focused, unlike many of the more famous aging leftist types (Bill Ayers, Angela Davis, etc) I saw around the same time, who were often quite disappointing.

Later on Ecology of Fear, Dead Cities, etc. Always interesting. An unapologetic rabblerouser. Him and David Graeber, both early formative influences on me.

He will be missed.
 

DannyL

Wild Horses
I've been meaning to read City of Quartz for probably 20 years now. Time to finally get round to it. Damn. RIP.
 

luka

Well-known member
another powerful member of the davis clan alongside steve, miles and me. you can see why william gibsons imagination was sparked
 

version

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I've been meaning to read City of Quartz for probably 20 years now. Time to finally get round to it. Damn. RIP.

Have you started it? I picked it up the other day and I'm surprised at how entertaining it is. Thought it'd be a bit dry for some reason, but it isn't at all.
 

DannyL

Wild Horses
Have you started it? I picked it up the other day and I'm surprised at how entertaining it is. Thought it'd be a bit dry for some reason, but it isn't at all.
No not yet. Like all of us, I've got a massive reading pile so easy to not get to stuff. I don't own a copy either might give it a go soon though.
 

version

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He published in LRB himself a few times.

 
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