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David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin is the author of Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles (California, 2015). His other books include The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time (Sasquatch, 2010) and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (Library of America, 2002), which won a California Book Award. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he is book critic of the Los Angeles Times.

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Wayne Thiebuad, San Francisco West Side Ridge, 2001. Oil on canvas, 36 x 36”.  (ART ©WAYNE THIEBAUD / LICENSED BY VAGA, NEW YORK, NY. COURTESY OF SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM, WASHINGTON DC / ART RESOURCE, NY)

Fifteen Takes on California

Summer 2015 | Essays

California as land’s end, world’s end: It collapses underneath the weight of such a reading, as it must. It reveals the limits of our history—demographic history, social history, history of technology, our sense of this place as final landscape, last territory on the continent, where we face ourselves because there is nowhere to turn.