The Loom Of Ruin
by Sam McPheeters
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Why do Los Angeles's storytellers keep dreaming of the apocalypse?
Whether in fiction or film, from The Day of the Locust to Crash to last year's Barbarian Nurseries, narratives seeking to capture the spirit of that sprawling city always seem to fall into the same pattern. Like an LAPD surveillance helicopter's spotlight, these stories zoom from the Valley to Long Beach, lighting occasionally on select characters in different folds of the social fabric. And the moment the light hits one of these poor souls, you know they'll meet a bad end: scene by scene, act by act, these fantasies of Los Angeles always move towards a central cataclysm, some ultimate, cleansing orgy of violence. (See Mike Davies's 1998 book Ecology of Fear, which is now more pertinent than ever, for a trenchant exploration of the bizarre fixation
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