METRO EVENT | The Rag Blog : Celebrated Author & Urban Theorist Mike Davis in Austin this Thursday

Marxist Scholar Davis, author of ‘City of Quartz,’ will speak on ‘Texas vs. California: Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster’ at 5604 Manor in Austin.

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The Rag Blog presents Mike Davis at 5604 Manor in Austin. Photo © Don Usner. Poster graphic by Carlos Lowry / The Rag Blog.

“If it’s apocalypse you want — and frankly who doesn’t, because how else to explain the mess we’re in — nobody does it better [than Mike Davis].” — The Guardian

“Davis remains our penman of lost souls and lost scenarios: He culls nuggets of avarice and depredation the way miners chisel coal.” — The Nation

Event: The Rag Blog presents scholar/author Mike Davis
Subject: “Texas vs. California: Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster”
When: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 7-9 p.m.
Where 5604 Manor Community Center
Address: 5604 Manor Rd., Austin, Tx 78723
Benefiting: New Journalism Project
Suggested donation: $10

AUSTIN — The Rag Blog presents City of Quartz author, urban theorist, Marxist scholar, historian, and political activist Mike Davis — speaking on “Texas vs. California: Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster. A California perspective on Texas-as-the-future” — on Thursday, October 30, 7-9 p.m. at the 5604 Manor Community Center in Austin.

A discussion and informal gathering will follow — with food, beer, and wine available. The event benefits the New Journalism Project, the Texas nonprofit that publishes The Rag Blog and sponsors Rag Radio. Suggested donation is $10.

Mike Davis, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, Ecology of Fear, Planet of Slums, and In Praise of Barbarians: Essays against Empire.

Davis was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1998, and was honored for distinguished achievement in nonfiction writing by the Lannan Literary Foundation. City of Quartz was named a best book in urban politics by the American Political Science Association and won the Isaac Deutscher Award from the London School of Economics and has been translated into eight languages.

During a period in the late 1960s, Mike Davis lived in Austin where he was an organizer for the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

Mike Davis will also be Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio, Friday, October 31, 2-3 p.m., on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin and streamed live.

The 5604 Manor Community Center is located at 5604 Manor Road in Austin. The event is open to the public.


city of quartz 2“Davis’ work is the cruel and perpetual folly of the ruling elites.” — The New York Times

City of Quartz turns more than a century of mindless Los Angeles boosterism rudely, powerfully and entertainingly on its head. It is a bracing, often strident reality check…” — LA Times

planet of slums“Few books shed as much light on their subjects as this opinionated and original excavation of Los Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future.”– San Francisco Examiner on City of Quartz

“A profound enquiry into an urgent subject … a brilliant book.” — Arundhati Roy on Planet of Slums

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