Dear Internet friends: I am a huge fan of writers who look closely at subcultures, and in so doing, illuminate a particular part of a city. Joseph Mitchell and Guy Trebay, among others, do it for New York.
Anyone have writers to recommend who take a similar approach, but focus on other places?
badfaggotOctober 10, 2006 at 9:43 am
I have enjoyed Hunter Thompson and Tom Wolfe on biker and hippie subcultures in the Bay Area in the 1960s (Hell’s Angels; The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test).
Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is a transcontinental urban history viewed through the lens of hip-hop and taking in New York, Long Island, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Kingston (Jamaica).
This is just off the top of my head; if you scroll back through my LJ under the “reading” tag, there are likely to be many more.
thisisnotanljOctober 10, 2006 at 4:41 pm
thanks! tom wolfe, absolutely — i like the purple decades too — but haven’t read can’t stop won’t stop, so that is going right on hold.
gairOctober 11, 2006 at 3:02 am
Not exactly, but a one-off recommendation would be Jenny Pausacker’s YA novel Dancing on Knives, which is a love song to Melbourne and books… you might have to order it from Australia though. Hmm.