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Making Time

Essays on the Nature of Los Angeles

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December 10, 2006 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 176 Pages | ISBN 9781593761332
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William L. Fox is a longtime explorer of cognition and landscaper of the notion of what makes a space into a place. In this book he turns his gaze on Los Angeles, a city dominated by the movie industry, which specializes in bringing places from far away in time into what we experience as here and now, or making time, in essence. Time, Fox tells us, is the most invisible nature of all, “its effects are always and everywhere around us.”

The five essays of this collection take us to the La Brea Tar Pits and local oilfields, the telescopes and telecommunication towers of Mt. Wilson, massive landfills, the Forest Lawn Memorial and Griffith parks, a Hollywood special effects firm, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. All of these facilities are devoted to manipulating time on our behalf, be it how we represent prehistory, attempt to maintain an identity after death, or make movies on Mars.

A master of combining science, history, and his own experiences into a riveting read, Fox will make you look at L.A.—and any urban landscape—in an entirely new way.

WILLIAM L. FOX is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a National Science Foundation grant among other awards. He is the author of several books, including Driving to Mars, Terra Antarctica, and In the Desert of Desire. He has been a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute and a Lannan Foundation Writer in Residence. He lives in Burbank, California.

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