Mike Davis in Conversation with Joshua Bearman, Friday, Nov 11, Venice

The Believer and 826LA present Mike Davis (City of Quartz and The Monster At Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu) talking to Joshua Bearman (McSweeney’s, L.A. Weekly, The Believer) about Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans, avian flu, the war in Iraq, Yetis, and writing non-fiction.

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Friday, November 11 at 7PM. Free.
Sparc Building
685 Venice Blvd, 2nd Fl
Venice, CA 90291

Why do I blog this? Mike Davis’ City of Quartz was the first book I read in my first seminar while pursuing my Ph.D. At the time, I was coming off a summer exploratory research grant trying to season my thinking on the game SimCity2000. City of Quartz was probably the first reading that provided a different framework through which to “read” a city’s dynamics and its social politics. (The image Davis paints of scavenging homeless bums wandering the streets, trundling their found scraps, clothing and food, and his description of them as “urban bedouins” stuck over the years and is what I drew from for the name of the WiFi.Bedouin project.